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Reviewing Double Consonant Patterns

Here is a good review for a student who has covered the concepts that explain the three main reasons for consonant-doubling in English. 

The clinician will need to have covered these concepts in a direct instruction (face-to-face) session.

DIRECTIONS

1) Be sure  the student has been explicitly taught each of these concepts. Review them.

  • When adding a suffix that starts with a vowel to a one-syllable base word that is spelled with one vowel letter followed by one consonant letter/sound, the last letter is doubled. (Lexercise Level 5) Example: bat -> batting

  • One syllable base words that end in any of these letters f, l, s, z are usually spelled with double letters: ff, ll, ss, zz. (Lexercise Level 7)   Example: kiss

  • In multisyllable base words, short vowels are signaled by a consonant letter closing the syllable. (Lexercise Levels 1-14)  Example: happen

 

2) Select a Word Bank:

The clinician will need to:

1. Create a practice plan Word Bank that includes 10 words with a variety of double consonant patterns. 
2. Provide the Word Bank words on word cards on the Parent Portal. (Flash Word Reading) 
3. Provide a way for the child to sort the words three ways. 
You can use a graphic organizer like the one below or some other way of sorting words (e.g.,3 paper cups or bowls, each labeled with one of the three patterns).

Or,  the student might be challenged to find and cut out 10 words with double consonants from magazines, newspapers or other print media. (Note: This option is best used with more advanced students who have covered at least through Lexercise Level 18 as there will be no control over the syllable patterns in these "found" words.) 

 

EXPLAINING DOUBLE CONSONANTS

On a graphic organizer like the one below, ask the student to check the main reason for the double consonant pattern in each word. Three examples (Ex.) are provided.

 

[HINT: Begin by underlining the base and circling any suffix(es). That way you can make a better decision about what is going on with the double consonants!]


Word Bank

Why double consonants?

flsz


closed syllable

(short vowel)

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suffix spelling

Ex.

toss

   

Ex.

topping

   

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dinner

 

 

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