This EAR trigraph worksheet shows nine /er/words that use the EAR phonogram. Usually the ea is said as one of three sounds of a digraph, yet there are words where this does not work.
EAR the /er/ of early, or the /er/ of learn, is easy to remember with this little sentence:
"Her first nurse works early."
Teach the sound and then dictate the words that kids are most likely to read. Because there are only nine words on this worksheet, it is a quick and easy exercise.
Use your favorite phonics books for rules and syllabication, and then use these PDF worksheets for review.
Print the first one two up for middle school children to have smaller lines. It makes it look like a lot less work to the kids and actually improves their penmanship.
A note about the word "heard". Watch your kids' faces. If they understand the new phonogram well, you might also be able to teach them that the word ear is in the word heard.
Make the association if you do not think it will confuse them. If there's danger of confusion, wait till later to make the spelling connection.
Heart uses the letters ear, but its sound is like /ar/. If it will not confuse your kids, you can include it with this lesson; yet it is often good to wait if they are young readers.
If you want more practice, you can expand the word list by adding affixes to adjectives, verbs and nouns. This incorporates grammar, too, so you can teach, review, or reinforce two or three concepts at the same time.
Simply add s to most plural nouns.
You can change the tense of verbs to add suffixes:
Adjectives (positive, comparative, superlative):
A true trigraph is three letters that say one sound.
By adding prefixes and suffixes to these words you can create more words; yet once kids know these basic words, move to the next phonogram. There's no need to know all versions of the base words to get the idea.
Pronunciation is the key here. Kids will probably learn this phonogram sound better if you teach it on a different day from the other /er/ phonograms.
If you teach it with ea digraph words, you might wind up with confusion. It's best to keep these sounds separate.
Choose the size that works for your children. It's handy to have the different sizes to teach phonics to several aged children.
When you teach the phonogram ear, dictate these words for your children to write.
It's good for kids to practice writing the /er/ sound so they recognize it more quickly in their reading.
Next are some simple sentences so you can teach the vocabulary of these words.
You can print these PDF printables or store them in a file for your child's phonics lessons and exercises. Whether they read the list of words, write the words, or type the words on the EAR trigraph worksheet, they'll have excellent phonics practice.
You are also free to use them as PowerPoint presentations (PPT) in your classroom. Learn how these PDF printables are interactive here.
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