The first rule students learn is to drop the e when the ending starts with a vowel. If the ending does not start with a vowel, then they just add it. Practice continues by completing lists of words where they combine base words ending with “e” to various endings. This activity is self-checking. Students will complete a “thumbs up” activity to see if they can recognize words that apply the rules correctly. The next rule begins with a review of CVC pattern for short vowels. Students find out that doubling a final consonant keeps the vowel short. Drills for this rule include writing words and using a spinner with endings, and then picking a word to apply the rule to. A proofreading slide with answers helps students use this skill in a writing context.