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1-1-1 Rule : FREE Double Consonant Worksheets

If you are working on word endings, there are some helpful tips to know which are the word with double consonants. The 1-1-1 rule is handy for knowing when to double letters before adding the suffix. This free printable phonics worksheets will help kids master the doubling rule with a no-prep activity for first grade and 2nd graders. Simply print double consonant rule printable and you are ready to practice. If you are working on word endings, there are some helpful tips to know which are the word with double consonants. The 1-1-1 rule is handy for knowing when to double letters before adding the suffix. This free printable phonics worksheets will help kids master the doubling rule with a no-prep activit for first grade and 2nd graders. Simply print double consonant rule printable and you are ready to practice.

1-1-1 Rule

The 1-1-1 Rule is a fantastic spelling rule that helps children know when to double the consonant letter before adding a suffix. And this free worksheet will help your little ones learn this rule. Spelling is a tricky thing. There are so many rules So many little details to remember. Because of that, it is so important for our struggling readers and spelling that we teach rules in isolation and give them plenty of time of to work through each new rule. Today we are jumping into the 1-1-1 Rule, and the worksheet is designed to help your little one remember the rule by having them answer the questions before they spell the word.

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double consonant worksheets What is the 1-1-1 Rule?

This spelling rule has us asking three questions to help us know if we double a consonant before adding a suffix. The three questions are:
  1. Is the word one syllable?
  2. Does the word have one vowel?
  3. Does the word have one consonant after the vowel?
If the answer is yes to all three, then you get to double the consonants before you add the suffix. Let’s look at some examples.

Words with double consonants

Here are some examples of using the 1 1 1 rule to decide if the words should have double consonants.

Example 1: sleep

  1. Is the word one syllable? Yes. Sleep is a one-syllable word.
  2. Does this word have one vowel? The answer to this question is no. There are two vowels (a double e) in sleep. Therefore we don’t need to go any further.
  3. For sleep, we just add the ing – sleeping

Example 2: regret

  1. Is the word one syllable? No, it is not. /re/ is one syllable and /gret/ is the second. Because the answer is no, we don’t need to answer any other questions. We just get to add the suffix. regretful

Doubling rule examples

Example 3: dig

  1. Is the word one syllable? Yes, so let’s ask another.
  2. Does the word have one vowel? Yep, it does and we now move to the third question.
  3. Does the word have one consonant after the vowel? Yes, there is only a /g/ after the vowel /e/.  Tada!!! Now I get to double the consonant before adding the suffix, digging.
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Double consonant spelling rule

The worksheet is simple to use. First, have your child read the root word in the first column. Next, have them read the suffix, and then have them combine them to say the word they are going to spell.

Double consonant rule

Now it is time for them to ask the questions. Though normally you would only ask questions till you get to a no, this worksheet is designed to help them remember the questions. So I would encourage you to have them ask each question for each word, and record the answer on the sheet, even if you get a no on the first question.

Double consonant worksheets

Finally, they write the word with the suffix. If they answered no to all the questions then they will double the last letter of the root word before adding the suffix. If they got a yes, then they just write down the root word and add the suffix. It is that easy to learn the 1-1-1 rule.

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