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

Odd words - the /er/ sound after W

Think back - help with spelling rules

Remember, the letter w has a
be-witching effect on vowels:

wasp wander wallet swan swamp
Help spelling English words with er sound

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

After w, the /er/ sound is spelled or:

work worse worst worth
worthy worthless words worship

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?

Print this page then write or type the sentences from memory.
Check your work and draw cartoons to illustrate each sentence.

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules

1. In the word journey, the /er/ sound is spelled our.
Use the words our and journey in the same sentence.

2. A colonel (pronounced 'kernel') is a senior army officer.
The spelling comes from the Latin word for 'column', as the colonel led the first column of troops.

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