Phonics Wor Words Worksheet

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In phonics WOR is not quite a trigraph, meaning three letters that say one sound; yet when w precedes or, the or says the letter combination makes the single /er/ phonics sound.

Use this memory sentence for comparing the spellings of the er sound:

  • "Her first nurse works early." 
  • Remember to have the children say /wer/ as they write wor.

Print the wor worksheet at the link on the left two per page for older kids to have smaller lines for penmanship practice. It looks like a lot less work and does improve their penmanship.

There are two sizes for kindergarten or third grade.

Print the large size two-up for smaller line spacing, especially if your kids like smaller print. It makes it look like less work and can improve their handwriting.


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You model the sounds and do the dictation, then the kids practice.

Your kids will have plenty of phonics practice for

  • Phonograms, 
  • Blends, 
  • Digraphs, and More.

Printable alphabet flash cards included.




There are not many wor words, so your phonics book will have most of them for dictation. You can then use this wor worksheet for review.

The main way to create more wor words is to add prefixes and suffixes.

You can also use grammar to show a noun's singular and plural:

  • word, words

And the different verb endings:

  • work, works, worked, worker, working

Use your phonics book to dictate the list given there, and then use this printable UR worksheet for homework practice. Then you can also dictate the list in the middle of this page.


Learning Phonics Wor Words

In phonics wor is tricky to teach as a blend. Keep the pronunciation simple. It really is the same as the /er/ sound. The or is usually changed by the w to say er.

Wor is not really a three letter phonogram as there are still two sounds, the sound of w and the sound of er. 

The general rule is that or preceded by w usually says /wer/.

  1. Kindergarten WOR Words Large Font - K-2, print 2-up for middle school.
  2. Third Grade WOR Words Small Font - Great size for grades 3-6.

Choose the size that works for your children. It's handy to have the different sizes to teach phonics to several aged children.



Teaching Phonics: Dictation List of WOR Words

As you're teaching the phonogram wor, dictate the following words for your children to write into their notebooks or on paper. I really appreciate the Spalding way of making the /er/words fill six columns on two facing pages. This way the lists can be seen at-a-glance.

The main thing is to give the children practice writing the /er/ sound when they write wor words. The wor worksheet above is a great homework assignment. See these simple sentences to help you teach the vocabulary and grammar of each word. There are nouns and verbs with different endings for suffix examples.

Phonics WOR Words For Dictation

work – The worker works well at his work. - work

word – The word is related to other words. - word

worm – The worm worms his way into a hole. - worm

world – Our world is on the planet earth. - world 

worth – What is the worth of gold? – worth (worthless, unworthy)

worthy – Is he worthy of this new honor? - worthy

worse – This apple is worse than that one. - worse

worst – This apple is the worst of all three apples. - worst

worry – Worry wastes time. - worry

worship – God commands us to worship Him. - worship

unworthy – Unworthy means not worthy. - unworthy

Interactive Worksheets

You can print this phonics WOR worksheet or store it in a file for your child's phonics lessons and exercises. Whether they read the lists, write the words, or type the words, they'll have excellent phonics practice. 

You are also free to use them as PowerPoint presentations (PPT). Learn how these PDF printables are interactive here.

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