By the end of this activity you will be able to: Add ‘ing’ to create new words.
Look carefully at these two words: tap and tape. Say them aloud. Can you hear the difference in the vowel sounds? Try these: hop and hope. You should hear a short vowel sound in one of the words, and a long vowel sound in the other.
Now look what happens to the same words when the suffix ing is added. How does the vowel sound affect what happens?
tap becomes tapping
tape becomes taping
hop becomes hopping
hope becomes hoping
These words also have short vowels – look carefully at how the suffix ing is added.
camp becomes camping
catch becomes catching
help becomes helping
post becomes posting
Now add ing to each of these words.