Spelling Strategies Syllables Break the word into syllables. Most often a syllable will contain a vowel. fish-ing Rhyming Words Think of a word you know that rhymes and use that word to help you. jelly smelly Base Words Look for small words inside the word. friendly Beginning, Middle and End Sounds Say the word slowly to yourself and write the sounds you hear at the beginning, middle and end. Ask for Help Ask someone next to you or the teacher for help. Can you please help me spell this word correctly? Displays Look at the displays around the room and use them to help you. Dictionary Look the word up in the dictionary. Check the definition to make sure you have used the correct word. Prefixes and Suffixes Look for a prefix or suffix in the word that you already know. Prefix - at the beginning unhappy Suffix - at the end taste less Blends Look for blends in the word that you can use to help you. spoon tree Does it Look Right? Write the word on a piece of scrap paper to see if it looks right.