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Unit 14: Spelling the sound /or/

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Unit 14: Spelling choices for /or/ sound: or, ore, au, aw and war

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Spelling the sound /or/: or, ore, au, aw

Think back - help with spelling rules You may remember that the letter w can have a strange effect on vowels:

Learning letter w effect on vowels Learning letter w effect on vowels
After w, the short /ŏ/ sound is spelled with an a, as in watch After w, the /er/ sound is spelled or as in world
want
wash
wasp
watch
wander
wallet
swamp
swan
swallow
...and the same for qua:
qualify
quality
quantity
quarrel
squash
squalid
squabble
word
work
worm
worse
worst
worth
worthy
worthless
worship

Teaching point After w, the /or/ sound is usually spelled ar, as in warning Learning letter w effect on vowels

Some more war words:

war*
warship
warplane
warfare
ward
warder
warden
wardrobe
warm
warp
wart
dwarf
award
reward
swarm
swarthy
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And qu words follow a similar pattern, with ar coming after the qu to create the /or/ sound

quarter quartet quartz quart

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