-dge Spelling Rule- Multisensory Monday

Posted by Brainspring on 8th Feb 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Multisensory Monday Sarah’s Spelling School! This week we go over the rule for spelling with -dge.  I often teach -dge right after teaching -tch because the rules are the same. (By the way, I’ve been looking into the reason for common -tch exceptions, like much and such, and haven’t found a good answer. A fellow reader suggested it may have to do with the Middle English spellings. Any thoughts?)

Do you explicitly teach the rule for -tch and -dge?

-dge Spelling Rule

Use -dge to spell the sound /j/ immediately after the short vowel in a one-syllable word.

judge, badge, fudge, sledge, fridge, lodge

Like the -tch Spelling Rule, the -dge Spelling Rule does not apply to words with other vowel sounds or words where there is another consonant before the /j/ sound.

page, rouge, beige, image

large, merge, hinge, range

 

Judge -dge Word List

age

badge

urge

rouge

smudge

bridge

stage

nudge

lunge

judge

singe

gouge

forge

wedge

What other ideas do you have for teaching -dge?

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