When learning difficult spelling words seems like a long, uphill climb, remember that we're here to help!
One set of particularly difficult words are those that are spelled with the ei or ie vowel combination. We've compiled a printable list of 285 for you study. Some words on the list are useful for elementary students, others are appropriate for high school students, ESL students and adults.
Our step-by-step spelling lesson plans will help you master these tricky spelling words. See more ideas, and links to more word lists, at the bottom of the page.
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Step-By-Step Spelling Lesson Plans - Here's a very methodical way to teach, or learn, those tricky IE/EI words. Great for ESL students, upper elementary students, or adults. You can use every step of this lesson, or just the ones that you need. This free printable lesson includes a link to big list of IE/EI words for extra study and practice.
Step-by-Step Lesson - This lesson methodically teaches when to double, and when not to double, the final consonant when adding suffixes.
Teachers: Adapt the lesson for seat work, board work or homework.
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