Spelling list: ur words

There are four ways of spelling the /er/ sound: ur, ir, ear, and er.

These examples use the letters ur to spell the /er/ sound. As you go through each word, say it aloud and exaggerate the ur to help you remember its spelling.

fur
The bear has thick fur.
blur
His vision began to blur.
slur
An insult is a slur.
nurse
Jane is training to be a nurse.
purse
A thief seized my mother's purse.
purple
Mix red and blue to get purple.
burst
Don't burst that balloon.
burn
Our new stove can burn wood or coal.
curl
The dogs curl up on the couch. *
hurl
I hurl the ball to my teammate.
surf
I love to surf.
turf
We cut a piece of turf from the ground.
church
It was very quiet in the church.
curve
The racing car sped around the curve of the track.
return
It's time for us to return home.
murder
We watched a murder mystery on TV.
turnip
The man grew a huge turnip. *
Thursday
I went to the shop on Thursday. *
Saturday
Jack goes swimming every Saturday.