Triple Letter Blends Spelling Patterns


Students who use rote memorization to spell and read are at a severe disadvantage. Knowing  spelling rules and patterns will allow them to decode and build words of greater complexity, making them more successful. Starting with basic spelling rules and patterns will create a foundation for strong writing, spelling, and reading skills.

Triple Letter Blends Spelling Patterns Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Triple Letter Blends Spelling Patterns
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Triple Letter Blends Spelling Patterns
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Students who use rote memorization to spell and read are at a disadvantage. Help your students learn techniques to help them decode words on their own by teaching them to identify spelling rules and patterns.  This lesson focuses specifically on triple letter blends and allows your students to practice pronouncing each letter in these blends as they speak complex words.  Understanding these rules and patterns will allow them to decode and build words of greater complexity, making them more successful readers and writers.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Explain to students that they are going to get a list of words to cut out and sort. They are going to look for patterns and sort the words into groups that fit the patterns.
  2. Distribute TWO copies of the spelling sort for each student. Instruct them to cut out only one copy.
  3. Students work independently to try to read the words and sort them into patterns. It is all right if students do not successfully sort them, this is an independent attempt to see if they recognize patterns.
  4. Walk through the classroom and see how students have sorted. Ask questions to students to build understanding, such as “When you look at these words, what do they have in common?” “What do you notice about these words?” “How are these words alike/different?”
  5. Call students together after sorting independently. Ask what patterns they noticed. The students should have identified patterns of three letter blends. These are unusual in the English language, and only certain groups of consonants can work together.
  6. As a group, create an anchor chart of the sort in the four columns. Write the spelling sort rules underneath, “In this sort, three consonants can be grouped together to make a blend. In a blend, each letter sound can be heard, but it is still the initial sound of the word.” Have students clap out “s-p-l” and hear each sound, but then say the word “splendid”. They should hear the distinct s,p, and l sounds, but they work together to make the spl sound in spl” Have students write the correct sort that you completed as a class in their spelling notebooks.
  7. Introduce the activity sheet where the students will create sentences with their spelling words.
  8. Assign homework page- students take home the second sheet of words, cut them out at home, and sort them into the columns. They practice writing the rule at the bottom. Students should practice sorting words EACH NIGHT for several days. They may use writing sorts, sorting in the grid, speed sorts, play taboo and write sentences/definition at home with family members. Only one formal homework assignment is given here, but daily sorting and practice is encouraged, either at home or as part of your language arts center time.
  9. Students complete the practice sheet with a small group of students. They will play “Spelling Charades” as they complete the sheet. Rules are on the sheet.
  10. Complete another in class sort with a partner. Students will complete a Blind Sort. With a partner, they will remove all the headings and place back in the bag. Without having headings to guide them, students will put words into the correct columns. This emphasizes that they are familiar with the patterns even without a guideline.

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Language Arts