Do you find yourself saying the old rhyme. . .
a M-I crooked letter
b Crooked letter I
c Crooked letter
d Crooked letter I
e Humpback humpback I
when you spell Mississippi or singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T as you write the word? How many times have you reminded yourself i before e except after c?
These gimmicks are a great way to remember the spelling of tricky words. I’ve compiled a list of mnemonic devices and catchy phrases that I hope you will find helpful to use with your students. Go down to the bottom of the post for a printable version.
Use the first letter of each word in the sentence or phrase to help spell the tricky word.
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants
A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream
General Eisenhower’s Oldest Girl Rode A Pony Home Yesterday
Five Red Indians Eating Nuts Downstairs
SIGN IF I CAN’T
Big Elephants Can Add Up Sums Easily
Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move
Eat Quickly U (as in you) Are Late
Not Every Cat Eats Sardines (Some Are Really Yummy)
A Rude Girl Undresses; My Eyes Need Taping!
Only Cats’ Eyes Are Narrow
Big Elephants Are Under Trees In Forests Until Light
Argument or arguement? I lost an ‘e’ in an argument.
When you ascertain a fact, be AS CERTAIN as you possibly can.
Triple compound: oo kk ee
Remember to spell it with three e’s: Picture a lady yelling “e-e-e!” as she walks past the cemetery.
The opposite of compliment is insult (Remember the i.)
A complement enhances something else. (Remember the e.)
Emma faced a dilemma.
Please keep quiet about your diet.
I go really red when my sister sings.
The CIA has special agents.
Remember that a desert is sandy (one s).
Dessert has two s’s in it, like Strawberry Shortcake or Sweet Stuff.
A new environment will iron it out.
You HEAR with your EAR.
IN NO CENTury is murder an innocent crime.
Remember one tea, two sugars.
A sculPTURE is a kind of piCTURE
There was a farmer named Sep and one day his wife saw a rat. She yelled, “Sep! A rat – E!!!”
Slaughter is LAUGHTER with an S at the beginning.
there = here, there, where
Remember how to spell “together” by noting that if you GET HER, you’ll be “together.”
Think of two people with the initials CC and MM sharing accommodation.