Skill: long (e) spelling patterns (-ey) & (ie

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The vowels are: a-e-i-o-u- and sometimes y.
  When y functions as a vowel it:

     a) concludes a word which has no other vowel (my)
     b) concludes words of more than one syllable (happy)
     c) immediately follows another vowel (turkey)

Vowel rule: When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. In the word monkey—e” says its name, as in the alphabet. The second one does the walking; the “y” is silent.

Read these words.

alley galley key monkey
chimney hockey kidney parsley
chutney honey Mickey valley
donkey jockey money volley


The pattern (ie) is an irregular long (e) spelling pattern. It is often used in names, ex. Katie. This pattern does not follow the long vowel rule, (When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.) We sometimes refer to these (ie) pattern words as
” words because they don’t follow the rule! It may be best to remember the old spelling rule:  i before e, except after c.

Read these words.

Angie believe chief frieze piece
baggie Bonnie cookie genie shield
beanie brie field grief siege
belief brief fiend niece thief




Dictation/Spelling Practice for (-ey, ie) words


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Please read these sentences.

Remember the spelling patterns (-ey) and (ie) have a long (e) sound.

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Write a sentence. Please use one or more words that have the (-ey) & (ie) spelling patterns. Do not mix upper and lowercase letters.  Remember all sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a period (.), (?), or (!). Please be attentive to good penmanship.





Please illustrate your sentence or one of the sentences in this lesson.