These word cards are minimal pairs of the Doubling & Dropping rules; i.e. mopping vs. moping. Note that every word is a verb even if it can be used another way. There are no words that can only be used as a gerund or adjective. Thus, you will find yourself stretching your student’s vocabulary on some of these word pairs. If you prefer to switch any of the pairs, you could use dunning vs. duning (informal) or razing vs. razzing (informal); these are also verbs but each pair has an informal word.
Students mastering the Doubling and Dropping rules sometimes have more difficulty in reading the words accurately than using the spelling rules accurately. When looking at both moping and mopping, it seems that the word MOP is what catches their attention. It can take a lot of practice for your student to focus on actual syllable division instead: Reading the first vowel long when there is one consonant in the middle and reading the first vowel short when there are two consonants in the middle.
Cards can be used for Word Sorts, Go Fish, War, and a new variation of a reading game I titled "Curious Frog—Gets Caught". There are two reminder cards to remind students how to read the vowels and the frog “stickers” on the back of each card are also a visual reminder of syllable division.
Very flexible. Excellent repetition of concepts. Use as a learning break. Use at the end of a lesson. Send home for quick, fun, extra practice for kids who really struggle with retrieval.
Engaging repetition is an important key to learning, long-term memory, and retrieval.