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Adding 'ing' and 'ed': Teach Suffixes Using Reading Passages and Word Sorts

Updated: Jul 7

Reading passages and word sorts to support your phonics program!


Teaching the rules for appending the 'ing' and 'ed' suffixes can often be daunting. With a plethora of rules and exceptions, it becomes an intricate area for students to grasp.


For your reference here are the rules we explore:

Adding ING rules from Sherbert Learning
Adding ED rules


Inquiry-Based Learning for Spelling?


A range of the Reading Passages to explore the suffix rules through inquiry from Sherbert Learning

In my experience, fostering an inquiry-based learning environment reaps the most benefits. It promotes student engagement, facilitates active learning, and cultivates independent thinking abilities.

Our school adopts an inquiry-driven approach towards spelling. Students classify words into groups and then discern the patterns or rules they observe. Word sorts are central to our spelling program.

When introducing the rules for 'ing' and 'ed' suffixes, we equip students with a set of words reflecting each rule and encourage them to identify common characteristics.

Here is a list of words with 'ING' and 'ED' you could utilize. Prompt students to categorize them and collectively establish their observations/rules.


ING and ED word sort

ING and ED word sort

Supporting Resources for 'ING' and 'ED' Both of these word sorts are incorporated in the 'ADDING ING' and 'ADDING ED' units designed to assist you and your students in understanding these suffixes. Each rule comprises a reading passage to identify all example words. The word sorts are designed to revise and consolidate the learned material at the end of the unit.

Engage in the exciting journey of uncovering all the rules: → ADDING 'ING'

ADDING 'ED'

Enjoy the process of discovery and have fun learning!


Adding ED - Reading Passages to explore the suffix rules through inquiry from Sherbert Learning

Adding ED - Reading Passages to explore the suffix rules through inquiry from Sherbert Learning


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