This week we're looking at consonant + le words and I'm trying to anticipate some questions. After teaching the kids to look at not only the phonology of the word, but the elements and etymology, I'm guessing that my spellers will want to say that is a suffix. I thought I would have a good way to explain this, but I don't. Actually, I'm lost and my map doesn't come until my birthday hits in May. That's when the toolkit comes.

I have a couple of questions regarding this. Is it just a grapheme that comes at the end of a base? I'm not sure if I'm asking a loaded questions or a simple one. I would love to get some direction on this so I don't confuse the kids and myself.

Here are some of the words we'll come across this week:










Thanks for considering this. By the way, I had one of the girls in my class, 7 years old, spell replayed correctly. What caught my eye was that she did it orally and paused right where the elements break apart. I'd say that's success!

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