We often pair AU words with AW words. Usually AU is not placed at the end of an English word, AW is.
Here is a rule that can help your kids remember the spelling: English words do not end in u.
The English pronunciation of AU is easy for ESL students if they know that it is usually said the way they say "a" as in "gloria".
AU usually says the same sound we use for the short vowel "o" sound:
Use your favorite phonics books for rules and syllabication, and then use this PDF worksheet for review.
Print the first one two up for middle school children to have smaller lines like handwriting worksheets. It looks like a lot less work to the kids and actually improves their penmanship.
Parents, teachers, tutors, and homeschool families are finding that the best methods of teaching reading and writing are to use the Orton, Spalding, or other phonics based programs. This way you teach the /au/ sound and its exceptions while your children learn to write the sound. If it does not occur at the end of the word, it often is spelled AU; although the best way to learn this spelling is with the root words as in the word auto.
AU is included in the word auto and the prefix auto- so there are many words that can be made using this prefix, especially if you add different suffixes. You'll find a short list of the more common auto words below.
You'll also find several lists of words divided by whether they have one, two, or three syllables. I offer dictation sentences for the one syllable words.
For a quick review print our AU worksheets. They come in two sizes, or you can print the first one two-up for older students to have a small and elegant size:
Choose the size that works for your children. It's handy to have the different sizes to teach phonics to several ages of children.
As you're teaching the phonogram AU, dictate some of the following words for your children to write into their notebooks or loose leaf paper. The main thing is to have practice writing the /au/ sound "by ear". The AU worksheet above is a nice homework exercise. Use these sentences so you can teach the vocabulary of each word you dictate.
Add noun and verb suffix endings to make an AUGH word family:
laugh – I laugh at funny stories.
laughed – He laughed at the meeting yesterday.
laughing – She is laughing as she works right now.
laughs – Bob laughs when he thinks up a trick.
laughter – Their laughter filled the room.
Okay. Enough's enough! :-)
See our AW words worksheets here.
You can print these PDF printables or store them 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.
You'll find more than forty free phonics worksheets on our main phonics page.
I also list my favorite phonics kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade, phonics books, activities, and videos from the same page.
You might like to know that these next worksheets are available in both manuscript and cursive worksheets:
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