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Unit 11: Spelling the sound /er/

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Unit 11: Spelling choices for /er/ sound: er, ir, ear or er

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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

Learn the Words:

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 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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