Games are a great way to reinforce learning, especially for more complex concepts and rules. The 1-1-1 Doubling Rule is one of the Three- Great Rules and often required review or re-teaching.
In a 1 syllable word that has 1 vowel and 1 consonant after the vowel, when adding a suffix that begins with a vowel, you must double the ending consonant of the base word. (Note: X and W are never doubled.) To teach or reinforce the rule, I like to use this simple-to-make game.
- Multicolor small stickers
- Game pieces such as coins, small rocks or gemstones
- Index cards
- File folder or poster board
Make it Multisensory…
Begin by making the game board. Take the file folder and make 2 rows of stickers, 1 on each side. Write “start” and “finish” at the ends of each row of stickers. Draw 2 index-card-size boxes in between the rows of stickers. One box is for the pile of game cards (you will make these in the next step) and the other is the discard pile. You may wish to write “discard pile” or “place cards here” or something similar in each box.
Next, make the game cards. On individual index cards, write a word, a plus sign, and a suffix. Below that, include 3 stickers to represent the components of the 1-1-1 Doubling Rule: 1 syllable, 1 vowel, and 1 consonant.
How to Play
Once you have created the game board and game cards, it’s time to play the game. To begin, each player or each team places a game piece on the starting point. The first player draws a card and reads the base word. In this example, Player 1 reads the word “bit”. Next, she touches the first sticker on the game card and says if the word follows the first part of the 1-1-1 Doubling Rule: Does the base word have 1 syllable? Yes.
Player 1 touches the second syllable and asks if the word follows the second part of the 1-1-1 Doubling Rule: Does the base word have 1 vowel? Yes.
Player 1 touches the third sticker and asks if the word follows the third part of the 1-1-1 Doubling Rule: Does the base word have 1 consonant after the vowel? Yes.
Consequently, if the word meets all three criteria and the suffix begins with a vowel, the player writes or spells the new word correctly either aloud or by writing it on a whiteboard or sheet of paper. If the word is spelled correctly, the player advances.
Written by Tammi Brandon, M.Ed., CDP
Tammi Brandon is a Master Instructor and Education Consultant with Brainspring Educator Academy.
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