4th Grade Spelling
Unit #1 Unit #2
Strategy: Remember that Strategy: Remember that
the short a sound is the short e sound is
usually spelled a followed usually spelled e followed
by a consonant sound. by a consonant sound.
When you hear the long a When you hear the long e
sound, think of the sound, think of the
patterns a-consonant-e, ai patterns ea and ee.
Unit #3 Unit #4
Strategy: Remember that Strategy: Remember that
the short i sound is often the short o sound is
spelled i followed by a usually spelled o followed
consonant sound. When you by a consonant sound.
hear the long i sound, When you hear the long o
think of the patterns i- sound, think of the
consonant-e, igh and i. patterns o-consonant-e,
oa, ow, and o.
Unit #5 Unit #6
Strategy: Homophones are Strategy: Remember that
words that sound alike but the u sound is usually
have different meanings spelled u followed by a
and spellings. When you consonant sound. When you
write a homophone, be sure hear the "you" sound or
to spell the word that has the short oo sound, think
the meaning you want. of the patterns u-
consonant-e, ew, ue and
Unit #7 Unit #8
Strategy: When you hear Strategy: When you hear
the long oo sound, think the ou or the [ou] ou or ow
of the pattern oo. [o] aw, au or a before
Remember that the short oo l. Remember that a
sound is often spelled oo consonant sound usually
or u followed by a follows the ou or the au
consonant or a cluster. pattern.
Unit #9 Unit #10
Strategy: When you hear Strategy: Remember these
the [ir], [ar], or [ar] sounds, spelling patterns for the
think of these patterns: vowel + r sounds:
[ir] ear, eer [ar] ar [ar] are, air [or] or, ore [ur] ur, ear, ir, or
Unit #11 Unit #12
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Strategy: A compound word Strategy: When you hear
is made up of two or more the final er sounds in a
smaller words. To spell a two-syllable word, think
compound word correctly, of the patterns er, or and
you must know if it is ar.
written as on word, as two
words joined by a hyphen,
or as two separate words.
Unit #13 Unit #14
Strategy: When you hear Strategy: If a word ends
the final l or el sounds with e, drop the e before
in a two-syllable word, adding ed or ing. If a
think of the patterns el, one-syllable word ends
al, and le. with one vowel followed by
a single consonant, double
the consonant before
adding ed or ing.
Unit #15 Unit #16
Strategy: When you hear
the final long e sound in Strategy: Remember these
a two-syllable word, think spelling patterns for the
of the spelling patterns y k, ng and kw sounds:
and ey. k = k, ck, c ng =
(before k) n
kw = qu
Unit #17 Unit #18
Strategy: Remember these Strategy: A prefix is a
spelling patterns for the word part added to the
final j sounds: beginning of a base word.
• j in a one-syllable it adds meaning to the
word = dge, ge word. Un-, re-, and dis-
• j in a word of more are prefixes. First, find
than one syllable = the prefix and the base
age word. Then remember to
spell the word by parts.
• s = ce
Unit #19 Unit #20
Strategy: To spell a word Strategy: To spell a word
with the VCCV syllable with the VCCV syllable
pattern, divide the word pattern, divide the word
between the consonants. between the consonants.
Look for the patterns you Look for patterns you have
have learned and spell the learned, and spell the
word by syllables. word by syllables.
Unit #21 Unit #22
Strategy: If a word ends Strategy: When the first
with a consonant and y, vowel sound in a VCV word
change the y to i when is long, divide the word
adding es, ed, er, or est. into syllables before the
consonant. Remember to
look for patterns you have
learned, and spell the
word by syllables.
Unit #23 Unit #24
Strategy: When the first Strategy: A suffix is a
syllable of a VCV word has word part added to the end
a short vowel sound of a base word. It adds
followed by a consonant meaning to the base word.
sound, divide the word When a suffix begins with
into syllables after the a consonant, remember that
consonant. Remember to the spelling of the base
look for patterns you have word usually does not
learned, and spell the change. When the base
word by syllables. word ends with y, you must
change the y to i before
adding the suffix.
Unit #25 Unit #26
Strategy: If the Strategy: Remember that a
consonants in a VCCV word two syllable word with the
are different and form a VCV pattern can be divided
cluster or spell one into syllables before or
sound, divide the word after the consonant. Look
before or after the two for familiar patterns, and
consonants. Look for spell the word by
patterns you have learned, syllables.
and spell the word by
Unit #27 Unit #28
Strategy: To help you Strategy: To spell a
spell a word with more three-syllable word,
than one syllable, divide divide the word into
the word into syllables. syllables. Remember to
Remember to look for look for familiar spelling
patterns you have learned, patterns. Pay attention
and spell the word by to the spelling of the
syllables. unstressed syllables.
Spell the word by
Unit #29 Unit #30
Strategy: Some words have Strategy: Some words have
silent consonants. The sounds with unusual
spellings of these words spellings. The spellings
have to be remembered. of these words have to be