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The Rabbit Rule for Spelling

The infamous Rabbit Rule! At this point in teaching all the phonics reading and spelling rules, you will see kids enjoying learning because reading and spelling is now making sense. There are rules that govern our English reading and spelling and kids are now getting better at discovering, making connections, and applying these rules.

The Rabbit Spelling Rule tells us that in a 2 syllable base word, if you hear 1 medial consonant sound immediately after a short vowel sound, then double the medial consonant, as in rabbit.

Here is a video of me modeling the Rabbit Spelling Rule.

After teaching the students the Rabbit Rule, you can use this game to practice the Rabbit Rule.
The Rabbit Rule for Spelling Game
I have also drawn the rabbit onto bulletin board paper and laminated it, so that I could place it on the floor. Once on the floor, the students would hop like a rabbit onto the pieces. For example, if the word they were trying to spell was a two-syllable word they would hop with 2 feet, o…

FLoSS Spelling Rule

We know how important being able to spell correctly is for a student to express himself through writing and get his ideas across to the reader. Teaching students spelling rules is critical to writing fluency. My goal is to make teaching spelling rules easy and understandable to students so that they can apply it to their own writing.

The FLoSS Spelling Rule basically states that in any one syllable base word that has a short vowel sound before final (f) is spelled ff as in sniff, final (l) is spelled ll as in hill, or final (s) is spelled ss as in pass.

Even though, there are a few exceptions to this rule, it is extremely important to teach it because it is about 85% correct. It is easier to apply this rule and memorize the 15% that is the exception rather than memorize the spelling for each word.

To help you teach the FLoSS Spelling Rule, I have made a video. You can access it here:


After teaching the FLoSS Spelling Rule, I have made a FLoSS Spelling Rule Game that you can play with …