Week of February 19

This Week’s Feature:

Spelling Pattern: -ance, -ence
The suffixes –ance and -ence both come from the Latin language, and both suffixes can mean either state or condition (as in innocence) or action
(as in reappearance). The spelling of words that end in the suffixes –ance and –ence often cause confusion, so study your words with care, and look for these suffixes when you are reading and writing.

This Week’s Special Spelling Practice Activity:

Letter Cards

The spellings of words with suffixes that end in –ance and -ence can often be confusing.  Try this activity at home with a partner to help you practice the words on this week’s spelling list.

  1. Write -ance on one card and -ence on another card.
  2. Have your partner say a spelling word.
  3. Hold up the card with the correct ending.  For example, if the word is innocence, you would hold up the -ence card.
  4. Write the word or spell the word aloud.

After completing this activity, make a list of words you spelled correctly the first time and a list of words that you need to continue to practice spelling.  Turn this list in to Ms. M., along with your weekly word sort and spelling story.  Do not forget that for homework, you must also study your spelling words for Friday’s spelling test.



Choose the word sort for your group:

Here are this week’s spelling stories.