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Lesson Plan: Irregularly Spelled Words

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To read irregularly spelled words

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3.D- Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.




  • What are some spelling rules that you know?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • You have learned many different rules to help you spell different words. 
  • Some spelling rules are words that end in -ch, words with a prefix or a suffix, words that have an “e” at the end and make the first vowel long.
  • Some words have the same ending and just the beginning of the word is different.  Some endings are -ank, -oy and -ir.
  • There are many, many different spelling rules.
  • There are some words that do not follow the spelling rules that you have learned.
  • That means that these words are difficult to sound out when you see them.  When you were younger, you may have learned these words as sight words or snap words.
  • Just like sight words, words that do not follow a spelling rule are words that you just have to learn.
  • Some examples are the words actually, especially, height and sure.  (Write these words on the board and point to them as you say them.)
  • Now, you are going to be doing a worksheet so that you can practice spelling words that do not follow rules.  There is a list of words at the top of the page.  Under that list, there is a paragraph that has underlined words. 
  • Those underlined words are not spelled correctly.  You will write the correctly spelled word on the line next to the underlined word.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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