The Sound ie (chief)
Lots of people get 'ie' and 'ei' the wrong way round, so play this quiz carefully.

The Sound ie (chief)

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This 'Sound ie' spelling quiz informs elementary school children of the other sound ‘ie’ can make, like in the word ‘chief’.

Sometime the letters ‘ie’ make an ‘e’ sound. This is one of those tricky sounds where you just need to try and say the word two ways (using both sounds, as an igh and then as an e) and see which one sounds like a word you’ve heard of before. Test your spellings on these ‘ie’ words.

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1.
Spell the missing word: Stop that ____!
fief
fieth
theif
thief
Make sure your tongue for the 'th' is in between your teeth and your teeth touch your lips for the the 'f' sound.
2.
Spell the missing word: He is the ____ of police.
chief
tchief
chieth
tchieth
Chief means head or leader of a group and should not be confused with chef - who cooks food!
3.
Spell the missing word: He used his ____ to protect him.
sheild
shield
schield
shieled
A shield is used to protect you and on it can be a coat of arms, which tells you about the family of the soldier or warrior.
4.
Spell the missing word: His ____ in God is shown every week when he goes to the synagogue.
blief
belief
belieth
blieth
Jewish people go to the synagogue - that is the name of their church.
5.
Spell the missing word: I haven't got time for this, please be ____.
breaf
brief
brefe
breif
Brief means quick and to explain something in the shortest way possible.
6.
Which 'ie' sound are we making? Which of these words shows 'ie' as an 'e' sound?
handkerchief
tie
cried
pie
A handkerchief is a piece of material that people sneeze into; it's like a tissue but you keep it and put it in the washing machine instead of throwing it away.
7.
Spell the missing word: Look up at the ____.
sealing
seiling
sieling
ceiling
Here is an example of i before e except after c.
8.
Spell the missing word: Shall we play in the ____?
feld
field
feild
fielld
There's a saying: "i before e, except after c" - this means that most of the time you will write 'ie' and not 'ei' unless the two vowels follow the letter 'c'. Although, as with everything, there are lots of exceptions!
9.
Spell the missing word: Can I have a ____ of your pie?
piess
piecs
piese
piece
Pies have been around for over 3,000 years, with Egyptians eating them stuffed with figs and dates.
10.
Spell the missing word: ____ wear a white collar and black robe.
Priests
Preists
Pwiests
Preasts
Priests are often seen in churches where they give sermons and tell people about God and the Bible.
Author:  Finola Waller

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