When Do You Double the Final Consonant?

We have been learning a lot about word endings lately (-ed and -ing).  Last week, one of my students asked…  “Mrs. Erickson, why do some words double the letter?”  

For example:

run –> running

swim –> swimming

skip –> skipped

To teach my students the rule for doubling the final consonant when adding an inflectional ending, I made this flow chart. Click on the images below to download it for free!

This phonics lesson goes great with these little -ed, -ing characters (my students where so happy to see these guys again)! You can purchase these cute letter characters and a whole hands-on packet of inflectional word ending practice in my TpT store.

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