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.
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.
- First, print off the pages.
- Next, gather up the following magnetic letters. f, f, l, l, s, s, p, t, n, d, g, b
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…..
- 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.
- Grab some dry erase markers
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?
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.
Spelling Activities for Kids
Looking for more fun ideas to teach kids spelling and help them practice spelling words? Take a peak at these:
- Lego Spelling tests
- Short and Long Vowel Spelling Practice
- Secret Code Spelling Activity
- Consonants Clusters Spelling Mats
- 25 Hands on Spelling Activites for Kids
- Printable My Spelling Dictionary with Ruled Lines
- Printable Crosswords for 2nd Grade Spelling Words
- Dart Gun Spelling Practice
- Connect 4 Printable Spelling Practice
- 1st Grade Spelling Words Searches
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