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Floss Rule Worksheets

We all know how important it is to floss our teeth! But today, I get to share with you another important use for floss.  We can use FLOSS to teach a spelling rule! Yes, the floss we use to keep our teeth clean, can now help our kiddos to spell words correctly.

FREE Floss Rule Worksheets - several pages to teach an important spelling rule about doubling consonants. Fun, hands on spelling activty for grade 1 and grade 2 students #homeschool #firstgrade #2ndgrade #flossrule

Floss Rule

The floss rule states that if a word is one syllable, has a short vowel, and ends with an f, l, or s…..you double it. You also double the letter z, but since very few words end in z, we are only focusing on the f, l, and s today.


Floss Rule Activites

This activity is super low prep and can be used in different ways as parents, teachers, and homeschoolers teaching spelling rules to first grade and 2nd grade students.

My little girl struggles with writing, so I’m always looking for ways for her to practice her reading or spelling without writing. The sheets make it easy for her to practice the FLOSS rule without her having to write.

  1. First, print off the pages.
  2. Next, gather up the following magnetic letters. f, f, l, l, s, s, p, t, n, d, g, b

hands-on floss rule activity to teach first grade and 2nd grade students an important spelling rule

Spelling Rules

Another way to practice spelling rules for kids is using these printable pages with dry erase marker. If your students, like my twin boy has great fine motor skills, use these to get in some extra writing practice. So if you want your grade 1 and grade 2 child to do this floss spelling activity this way simply…..

  1. Print off the pages (scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open for you to print in color.
  2. Slip them in a sheet protector, laminate the pages, or put them in carstock to make this spelling activity more durable to use in a literacy center in your classroom or for repeated practice at home with your homeschooler.
  3. Grab some dry erase markers

learn the floss rule word with this free spelling printable for students

FLOSS Rule Words

Now it is time to spell.  For each of my little ones, I would say the word for the picture. Some common floss words that are included in our  floss worksheet pages include: cuff, spill, kiss,  mill, puff, floss, drill, fluff, pass, staff, moss, yell, miss, fill, and whiff

Then pointing to each letter, I would have them make the sound of each letter.

When we got to the empty space, I waited to see if they could put in the correct sound. If they couldn’t I would say the word again and emphasize the ending sound.  Once they could tell me the end sound, I asked if it ended in an f, l, or s.

Finally, I would ask the essential question. Do we double this letter?

teach grade 1 and grade 2 students the floss rule with this fun spelling activity

Floss Spelling Rule

After we worked through the 5 pages in this spelling pack a couple of times, I decided it was time for a little independent work.  For my little girl, I put all the letters out that she would need, and walked away. My little guy picked up his dry-erase a marker and went right to writing.

After the time of guided instruction, they needed time to try the FLOSS rule out on their own. And they did a great job!!! Enjoy this simple spelling practice with the FLOSS rule.

25 hands on spelling activities that work with any spelling words

Spelling Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun ideas to teach kids spelling and help them practice spelling words? Take a peak at these:


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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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