Unit 11: Spelling the sound /er/: ur, ir, ear, or er ?

Remember, most words containing the /er/ sound spell it with the letters ur, ir, ear or er. There are exceptions.

Teaching point Read these words and listen to the vowel sound after w:

Help spelling English words with er sound Help spelling English words with er sound
worm world

Here, the /er/ sound is spelled or. And here are more examples:

work worse worst worth
worthy worthless words worship

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Learn the wor words in groups.

Read these:

1. Worms make the worst food.
2. Worship with words.
3. She's worth the world to me.
4. Is my work getting worse?

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Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules The word journey uses our to spell the /er/ sound.

Colonel is even more interesting! It’s pronounced 'kernel'
– and we get the /er/ sound without using an r at all!

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