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Elementary - Weekly Word Study

 

Week of June 4, 2018

Principle: A compound word is formed from two or more smaller words.

Tablecloth
Everyone
Nearby
Outdoors
Anywhere
Flashlight
Whenever
Driveway
Sometimes
Basketball
Mailbox
Babysitter
Upstairs
Everyday
Newspaper
Weekend


Week of May 21, 2018

When adding -er or -est to a base word, follow these rules. If the word
ends in a consonant and silent e, drop the e and add the ending. If the
word ends in y, change the y to i and add the ending. If the word ends in
a single consonant, double the consonant and add the ending. If the word
ends in a vowel and consonant or two consonants, add the ending.

Cuter
Nearer
Thinnest
Kinder
Easiest
Funnier
Nearest
Happier
Kindest
Thinner
Quietest
Funniest
Safer
Quicker
Cutest
Easier
Quickest
Happiest



Week of April 30, 2018

Principle: Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have
different meanings and are spelled different.
Bare
bear
Herd
Heard
Rode
Rowed
road
Way
weigh
Tail
tale
Waist
waste
Passed
past
Board
bored
Hole
whole
Meet
meat
Steal
steel
Wear
Where
Heal 
heel
Who's 
whose



Week of April 16, 2018

Principle: Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and are spelled different.

To too two
Their there they're
Your you're
Which witch
Break brake
Wood would
Patience patients
Its it's
Our hour
Threw through
New knew
Close clothes
Piece peace
Whether weather
Aloud allowed



Week of April 9, 2018

Principle: The ending ­tion is added to a word and is pronounced shun. Many times the suffix -tion changes a verb to a noun. For example, the verb act changes to the noun action.

Action
Subtraction
Mention
Contraction
Fiction
Location
Station
Friction
Nation
Addition
Direction
Definition
Lotion
Population
Election



Week of March 26, 2018

Principle: Words that end in the suffix ‘ed’ are in the past tense. Sometimes ‘ed’ makes the /d/ sound as in showed, the /ed/ as in added or the /t/ sound as in walked.

Landed
Focused
Directed
Ended
Melted
Delivered
Dressed
Backed
Offered
Tricked
Discovered
Screamed
Helped
Explained
Trusted



Week of March 19, 2018

Principle: When g is followed by a letter other than e, i, or y, it usually makes a
hard /g/ sound as in goat.

glazy
ghost
gold
garbage
goat
golden
gate
gulf
gull
goose
garden
gown
gosling
goldfish



Week of March 12, 2018

Principle: When g is followed by i, e, or y it usually makes the /j/
sound as in gym and can be spelled g or ge.

Bandage
Emergency
Language
Package
Teenager
Apologize
Imagine
Magic
Slugglish
Giant
Apology
Gymnasium
Gym
Pudgy
Stingy



Week of February 26, 2018

Principle: When c is followed by i , e, or y, it makes the /s/ sound as in city.

celebrate
celery
sentence
prince
medicine
recipe
excited
bouncy
fancy
spicy
mercy



Week of February 12, 2018

Principle: The letters ear, er, ir, and ur can all stand for the vowel sound you hear in perk.

Earning
Circus
Earthquake
Disturb
Furnish
Third
Nervous
Observe
Register
Current
Shirt
Occur
Heard
Birthday
Heart

 

 

Week of January 29, 2018

Principle: The letters ar together usually stand for the vowel sound you hear in star. The letters or usually stand for the vowel sound you hear in fork.


Harvest
Sort
Normal
Ornament
Partner
Remark
Argue
Organize
Enormous
Carpenter
Absorb
Kindergarten
Charge
Marvelous
Porch

 

 

Week of January 22, 2018

Principle: The letters oi and oy usually stand for the sound you hear in point and boy.

Moisture
Destroy
Trapezoid
turquoise
Oyster
Avoid
Loyal
Hoist
Noise
Enjoy
Choice
Disappoint
Voyage
Appointment


Week of November 24, 2017

Principle:
The long "a" sound can be spelled "a" as in lady, "ai" as in aim, and "ay" as in relay.

Aim
Holiday
Paper
Station
Able
Crayon
Flavor
Lazy
Brain
Anyway
Remain
Favor
Rail
Grayest
Trailer
Lady
Nation
Relay
Fail
Radio


 

 

Week of November 13, 2017

Principle: Many short vowel sounds are spelled with a single letter: a 
as in pass, e as in held, I as in skill, o as in collar, and u as in trust.

Crust
Pass
Else
Skill
Brag
Zipper
Began
Collar
Drag
Smell
Brick
Felt
Spill
Button
Held
Trust
Kept
Trick
Shell
Begin

 




Week of October 10, 2016

Principle: The Long a sound can be spelled a as in lady, ai in aim, and ay as in today.

Stake
Mane
Grateful
Waste
Amaze
Escape
Translate
Waist
Complain
Maintain
Remain
Contain
Obtain
Afraid
Thursday
Dismay
Portray
Delay
Essay
Away
Pray