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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.

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, one on each of the feet of the rabbit. If the word had one medial consonant sound, they would hop with both feet together on the body of the rabbit. If the word had a short vowel, they would hop with both feet on the head of the rabbit. If they hopped that far, then they knew the word followed the Rabbit Rule and they needed to double the medial consonant. Then they needed to hop with one foot on each ear. This was used to make learning multi-sensory.

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