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Spelling Rule Posters – Suffixes and Plurals

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24 pages (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: 3 - 6

A set of 12 posters displaying some common spelling rules for suffixes and plurals.

Laminate these educational posters and display them in your classroom to remind students of some common spelling rules for adding suffixes and for changing words from singular to plural.

Rules include:

  • When a word ends in ‘e’, drop the ‘e’ before adding ‘ing’.
  • When adding the suffix ‘full’ to a word, drop one ‘l’.
  • When a word ends in ‘ic’, add ‘al’ before adding ‘ly’.
  • When a word ends in ‘y’, change the ‘y’ to ‘i’ before adding a suffix.
  • When a single-syllable word has a single short vowel, double the final consonant before adding ‘ed’ or ‘ing’.
  • When a multi-syllabic word ends in ‘l’, double the ‘l’ before adding ‘ed’ or ‘ing’.
  • When a word ends in one ‘f’, change the ‘f’ to ‘v’ and add ‘es’.
  • When a word ends in ‘ss’, ‘sh’, ‘ch’ or ‘x’ or ‘z’, add ‘es’.
  • When a word ends in ‘o’ and is preceded by a vowel, just add ‘s’.
  • When a word ends in ‘o’ and is preceded by a consonant, add ‘es’.
  • When a word ends in ‘y’ and is preceded by a vowel, just add ‘s’.
  • When a word ends in ‘y’ and is preceded by a consonant, change the ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.

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  • Kel G

    Well Done Team!

    They look fantastic and thanks for fulfilling this request!

    Kel 🙂

    Comment by Kel G on October 15, 2015 at 11:56 am


    • Stephanie (Teach Starter) Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      You’re most welcome, Kelly! We’re happy to help. Thanks for requesting such a popular resource that our other members can also benefit from!
      Kind regards,
      – Steph

      Official comment by Stephanie (Teach Starter) on October 16, 2015 at 8:52 am


  • Linda McKee

    There is a mistake on one of the pages of the spelling rule posters – suffixes and plurals. It reads:
    SUFFIX RULE
    When a word ends in ‘y’, change the ‘i’ to ‘y’ before adding a suffix

    This should read:
    When a word ends in ‘ y’, change the ‘y’ to ‘i’ before adding a suffix.

    Great resource though.

    Linda

    Comment by Linda McKee on October 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm


    • Thank you for spotting this Linda! We have now fixed it up, so please feel free to download the updated version.

      Kind regards,
      Scott

      Comment by Scott (Teach Starter) on October 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm


  • Gemma

    Hi, great resource but I’ve always thought the plural for roof is rooves not roofs?

    Thanks

    Comment by Gemma on February 12, 2019 at 9:39 am


    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi Gemma,
      While rooves is not technically incorrect, it is seen as an archaic way of spelling roofs. The pronunciation is still the same in different dialects but the preferred spelling in both US and UK English is roofs.
      Thank you for your comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.

      Official comment by Kristian on February 12, 2019 at 10:43 am


  • louisec946

    Great resource idea but the text is too small for the students to read and access independently from their desks if it is displayed on a pin-up board. Smaller picture, larger text, perhaps.

    Comment by louisec946 on July 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm


    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      Please feel free to submit a change request by visiting the resource page, scrolling down to the comments section, then clicking “Changes & Updates”.

      This will submit a request that other members can vote on. If your request is popular, we will create it!

      If you have any questions along the way, please let me know. I’m happy to help!

      Official comment by Kristian on July 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm


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