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Unit 21: Spelling the ie and ei words 'i before e except after c'
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Unit 21: The i before e rule – does it work?

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Spelling ie and ei words

Spelling homophones

Homophones from this section.
If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.

peace - opposite of war

piece - part, section
If the baby is asleep there is peace and quiet.

Don't eat it all, leave me a piece.
Learning tip to help your spelling A piece of pie Spelling rule, i before e except after c

ceiling - roof of room

sealing - closing, sticking
We've painted the ceiling white.

This package needs sealing.

vale - valley

veil - covering the face
There are many villages in the Vale of York.

The bride wore a long white veil.

shake - move about

sheikh - Arab chief
(also sheik)
The earthquake made the ground shake.

The sheikh rode a beautiful horse.

wait - stay

weight - heaviness
Wait here until I get back.

To win the cake you must guess its weight.

way -
1) road
2) manner

weigh - measure weight

1) Which way shall we go?
2) I don't like the way you said that.

How much do you weigh?

wade - walk through water

weighed - past tense of weigh
We had to wade across the stream

Mum weighed out a kilo of flour.

slay - kill in battle

sleigh - sledge
Did St George slay a dragon?

The sleigh was pulled by reindeer.

ate - past tense of eat

eight - number 8
We ate far too much last night.

I get to work at eight o'clock.

vain -
1) admiring oneself
2) useless

vein - blood vessel

vane - weather-vane

1) Some pop stars are very vain.
2) He waited in vain for her to call.

The veins in my leg are swollen.

There is a weather-vane on top of the church.

rain - wet weather

reign - rule as king or queen

reins - to lead a horse
The heavy rain caused some flooding.

Queen Victoria reigned for 64 years.

Hold the reins lightly.

seize - grab hold

seas - water
The army have seized power.

Don't sail a small boat in heavy seas.

tier - row, layer

tear - cry
The wedding cake was in three tiers.

The bride's mother was in tears.

feint - pretend attack

faint -
1) not clear
2) pass out
The enemy was fooled by the feint.

1) His voice was very faint.
2) She will faint at the sight of blood.

deign - condescend

Dane - from Denmark
Will the boss deign to attend our party?

A Dane is a person from Denmark.

air - atmosphere

heir - successor

The scent of roses hung in the air.

The Prince is heir to the throne.

Learning tip to help your spelling He i r = He is ready to be King. Spelling rule, i before e except after c

This completes the work on ie and ei words.

Please turn your screen to landscape to play this game.

The Spellzone interactive course is intended to be used online and may not be printed.

"Spellzone fits in beautifully with our Scope and Sequence of Phonological Awareness and Spelling. It also aligns perfectly with the four areas of spelling knowledge and uses the Brain, Ears, Eyes approach to learning spelling."
Thank you!

Teacher, Australia