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Chunking words to help with spelling

"Chunking" words into letter groups 
Sometimes breaking down words into smaller groups of letters can help make it easier to spell and/or pronounce. So instead of attacking the whole word, you can attack the word in smaller bits.

These tables are examples from "The Spelling Skills Handbook", By John Barwick and Jenny Barwick*.


Common letter combination
Consonant blend
Example
-ight
light, right
-tion
nation, relation
-ing
string, singer
 -ough
rough, tough
 -tle
castle, nettle
 -end
friend, send

Consonant blends
Consonant blend
Example
bl-
blend, black
br-
brown, break
ch-
church, such
cr-
crush, creature
dr-
drip, drawer
fl-
flood
gl-
glance, glad
gr-
graph, degree
pl-
place, apply
pr-
prince, probably
sc-
scatter, scene
scr-
scramble, describe
sh-
ship, sharp
shr-
shrill, shriek
sl-
slope, slippers
sp-
spill, speak
spl-
splint, splash
spr-
spring, spread
st-
steam, still
str-
strike, strap
sw-
swim, sword
th-
this, third
tr-
trip, tremendous
tw-
twelve, twist
wh-
who, whistle
wr-
write, wriggle


Vowel blends - including a vowel and -y
These are some examples of vowel blends. Sometimes the letter -y is used as a vowel.


Vowel blends 
Examples 
-ai- 
rail, remai
-au- 
taught, Pau
-ay- 
pay, today 
-ea- 
peace, tea 
-ee- 
seem, pee
-ei- 
seize, receive 
eu- 
eucalyptus, Europe 
-ey 
monkey, prey 
-ie- 
believe, relie
-oa- 
roast, soa
-oe- 
toe, poe
-oi 
oil, spoi
-oo- 
spool, poo
-ou- 
about, devou
-oy 
toy, deploy 
-ue- 
Sue, sue
-ui 
ruin, build 
-uy 
buy, guy 

Related links
References:
*Barwick, J (1999). The Spelling Skills Handbook. Sydney: Horwitz Education, pp29-30.

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