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10.1: Words with < dle > and < ddle >

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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1. Read these words aloud carefully:

huddleeddiespuddingoddspoodlecradleneedleaddictkindleidlesaddlemeddlecandlebundleriddlehandlesuddennessmiddleshudderednoodle

2. Now sort these twenty words into these two groups:

Words that end <dle> or <ddle> Words that do not end <dle> or <ddle>
huddle saddle riddle

eddies

vcc

poodle meddle handle

pudding

vcc

cradle candle middle

odds

vcc

needle bundle noodle

addict

vcc

kindle

suddenness

vcc

idle

shuddered

vcc

3. Look at the six words that do not end <dle> or <ddle>. Mark the first vowel in each of them with a v. Then mark the next two letters, either c or v.

You should find one pattern. What pattern is it? VCC. According to this pattern, should the first vowel be long or should it be short? short In these six words is the first vowel always long or is it short? short

4. In the VCCle pattern the vowel is short, but in the VCle pattern the vowel is long.

5. Now sort the fourteen words that end either <dle> or <ddle> into the following matrix:

Words in which the [d] comes right after a ...
consonant sound long vowel sound short vowel sound
Words with [d] spelled <d>

kindle

candle

bundle

handle

poodle

cradle

needle

idle

noodle

Words with [d] spelled <dd>

huddle

saddle

meddle

riddle

middle

5. When there is <le> right after a [d] and a consonant or long vowel sound right in front of it, the [d] is spelled <d>. But when there is <le> right after a [d] and a short vowel sound right in front of it, the [d] is spelled <dd>.

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