A great tool for reading and spelling are phonics words list. These word lists show our little readers that words are often related by a pattern, a spelling pattern. Understanding this pattern makes them better at reading and spelling.
In this post, I will be sharing three words list for the floss rule.
What is the Floss rule?
If a word has only one vowel and ends with f, l, s or z; double the consonant. So, under this rule s is spelled ss, l is spelled ll, f is spelled ff and z is spelled zz.
The Floss rule is one of the first rules that I teach beginning spellers.
The -ll and -ss ending is the most common. The -ff ending is less common and -zz is not a very common ending.
You must be wondering why it is called the FLoSS rule. Floss has f, l and s so under the floss rule /f/, /l/ and /s/(/z/) are doubled. I know the word ‘floss’ does not include ‘z’ but it’s okay since there are very few words that end in /z/.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. For example: if, of, is, gal, gas, bus, yes etc. In all these words f, l and s come after a short vowel but they are not doubled. Quiz is a word that does not not end with a /zz/.
Next, I am going to share a few simple phonics words list for this rule with you. Please print it out and have our little readers read these short vowel words. The child can choose to highlight the double consonants with a light colour.
Phonics word list for the ending sound ‘ff.’ This list includes ‘ff’ words with digraphs and consonant blends too. The words are all short vowel words
Phonics word list for the ending sound ‘ll.’ This list includes ‘ll’ words with digraphs and consonant blends too.
Word list for the ending sound ‘ss’ and ‘zz.’ This list includes ‘ss’ and ‘zz’ words with digraphs and consonant blends too.