Printable ER Words Worksheets For Kids

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Er words are the most common /er/sound words where the base word has the /er/ sound. 

Hint: When in doubt, use er especially if it is at the end of a word. Why?

First, er is the most common phonogram or digraph for the /er/sound and can be remembered with this little sentence from Orton/Spalding phonics books:

  • Her first nurse works early.

Second, words ending in er are common for two reasons: They're used as nouns and as adjectives.

As nouns: Add er to many verbs to name one who does the verb:

  • A farmer farms.
  • A baker bakes.
  • A teacher teaches.

As adjectives: When the comparison is between two, add er. 

  • fast, faster
  • slow, slower
  • tall, taller

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Using Worksheets With ER Words

The er phonics worksheets on this page are interactive which means that you or your children can type on them to leave notes or fill out the answers.

Simply copy the PDF download to your students' files and let them do their phonics and digraph exercises on the computer. Instant record, saves on ink and paper, and combines phonics practice with typing practice.

Choose for the level you want, or print the first one two up for older students to have a small and elegant size:

  1. 2 Kindergarten phonics er worksheets large font
  2. 2 Third grade phonics er worksheets small font

Interactive PDFs! Choose fontscolors, and SIZES. Answer. Print or file.

Learning Phonics ER Words

Learning phonics is easier when you have a teacher showing you how to say the letter sounds while you write the letters. Our practice phonics worksheets are a great way for elementary kids to practice what you teach.

After that you can reinforce what they're learning by reading a poem or story that uses several words that use the sound you're teaching. Poetry is a natural here as er is a suffix ending. It's exciting when you see your kids understanding the patterns.

In English we use er in base words and as noun and adjective suffixes. This is why the list of er words is so long compared to the ear, ir, ur, and wor lists. 

Most of the time English words use ER for the /er/ sound in spelling root words. It's not a rule, it's more of a probability.

Always cover the vocabulary of the words in the list at least orally. Second and third grade children can often write their own sentences using these words as a list. 



Teaching Phonics Dictating Er Words

As you're teaching the phonogram er, use your favorite phonics book to dictate er words for your children to write. The main thing is to have practice writing the /er/ sound "by ear". The er worksheets above are a nice homework lesson for practice.

I include some simple sentences below so your children can recognize the word. Older children can write the sentences, too. Use just the words for a quick review, or use the sentences for writing class. Your phonics book will have the syllabication, rules and markings; yet these are handy for a quick phonics lesson.

ER Phonics Words With Sample Sentences

serve - Serve dinner at six. - serve

herd - A shepherd guards the herd. - herd

merge - Merge lanes on the highway. - merge

nerve - He has a lot of strength and nerve. - nerve

perch - The parrot sits on a perch. - perch

clerk - The clerk writes your name. - clerk

dinner - Dinner was served at six. - dinner

perfect - Aim to have perfect handwriting. - perfect

winter - The weather is cold in winter. - winter

paper - Put your name on your paper. - paper

over - The horse ran over the river. - over

river - The river is deep. - river

Here are some higher level er words to dictate:

berth - The ship's berth was fifty feet wide. - berth

western - Cowboys wear western shirts. - western

grocery - Bring the grocery list. - grocery

sterling - Sterling silver is pretty. - sterling

verse - Do you know a Bible verse? - verse

certain - Study addition till you are certain. - certain

concern - Mother showed her concern. - concern

observe - Observe the little bird in his nest. - observe

Dictating Phonics Words Ending In ER

Words ending in er could fill a huge list because adding -er to a verb makes a noun that means "one who does the verb". Challenge your children to think of other verbs or actions to make new words. 

farmer - A farmer farms his farm. - farmer

baker - A baker bakes his baked goods in a bakery. - baker

trucker - A trucker drives a truck. - trucker

mixer - A mixer mixes a mix. - mixer

Suffix Adjective Er Words

Adding er to an adjective means the adjective is making a comparison.

prettier - This flower is prettier than that one. - prettier

happier - Do good and you will be happier. - happier

cleaner - Can you keep your room cleaner? - cleaner

lighter - This blue is lighter than that blue. - ligher

Children have fun thinking of new er words. Make fun phonics games adding -er to verbs and adjectives. See our adjective worksheets here.

1st Grade er est Worksheets

For first grade er est worksheets see our comparative and superlative adjectives worksheets.

They show adding er and est to words to show comparison

  1. Between two items – er; 
  2. And between more than two – est.

To print a suffix er worksheet go to our printable adjective worksheets where you'll find 1st grade manuscript worksheets and 2nd or 3rd grade cursive worksheets with words ending in er.

Regular Er Verbs

Our ESL friends would want to know that in English does not have regular er verbs. English words are based on Latin (Spanish, French) words that have ere, ire, ure or er, ir, ur endings. If you already know Latin, Spanish, or French, you have a head start. :-)

This is not something you'll need to study in English phonics. We do not conjugate our verbs this way. Usually words ending in er are nouns formed from verbs or they are adjectives expressing comparison.

See more er ir ur worksheets and activities on this phonics worksheets page.

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ER IR UR Worksheets


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