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Spelling: Find the Phonemes 4

In this worksheet, students practise segmenting words into phonemes, including words in which one phoneme is represented by more than one letter.

'Spelling: Find the Phonemes 4' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Phonological Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Words are made up of different sounds, or phonemes.

 

cat

The word cat can be split into three phonemes.

c-a-t

 

bird

The word thrush can be split into four phonemes.

th-r-u-sh

 

Sometimes two or more letters are needed for one phoneme. Two letters that make one phoneme is called a digraph. Three letters that make one phoneme is called a trigraph.

 

If you can split words into phonemes it helps with reading and spelling.

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

train

train

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

church

church

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

cotton reel

thread

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

sheep

sheep

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

fork

fork

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

spoon

spoon

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

doctor looking in a boys mouth

throat

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

Little girl holding her hands over her ears

scream

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

street

street

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

screw

screw

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

3

4

5

  • Question 1

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

train

train

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
This word contains 4 phonemes, t-r-ai-n. This word contains a digraph, 'ai''. Remember digraphs are two letters that make one sound. So even though this word contains 5 letters, you need to only count the phonemes which are the smallest unit of sound. Saying the word aloud and clapping each sound you hear, helps to find the correct phonemes.
  • Question 2

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

church

church

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? This could be a tricky one as there are 3 phonemes but 6 letters. The phonemes are ch-ur-ch. Each phoneme is a digraph. The trick is to think about the shape of your mouth. Each time you have to change the shape of your mouth when segmenting a word that is a new phoneme. Give the next question a try!
  • Question 3

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

cotton reel

thread

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? This example has 4 phonemes, th-r-ea-d. Listen to the sound clip more than once. Say the word out loud to yourself. It can help to clap each of the sounds you say when trying to count how many phonemes there are. How many times did you clap?
  • Question 4

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

sheep

sheep

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
This word contains 3 phonemes, sh-ee-p. Watch out for those digraphs! They are two letters that make one sound, they are counted as one phoneme. Remember you can clap each sound you can hear in the word to help segment it. Saying the word aloud and clapping helps to find out the correct phonemes.
  • Question 5

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

fork

fork

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this? The word 'fork' has 3 phonemes, f-or-k. 'Or' is a digraph. When we say the the sound 'or' we do not change the shape of our mouths. You have got this!
  • Question 6

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

spoon

spoon

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? This can be a tricky one as many people think 'sp' is one sound. But you have to change the shape of your mouth to go from the 's' to the 'p', which means they are separate phonemes. The word 'spoon' contains 4 phonemes, s-p-oo-n.
  • Question 7

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

doctor looking in a boys mouth

throat

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? Use the pictures to help give you a clue to the word being said. This word has 4 phonemes th-r-oa-t. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 8

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

Little girl holding her hands over her ears

scream

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
5
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you really break the word down. Saying the word aloud and slowly. Try to clap each sound that you make as this can help to count the number of phonemes. The word 'scream' has 5 phonemes, s-c-r-ea-m. Nearly there super star!
  • Question 9

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

street

street

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
5
EDDIE SAYS
Listen carefully to the word. Did you remember the digraph only counts as one sound? Remember to think about the shape of your mouth as you say each sound. Each time your mouth changes shape that is a new phoneme. The phonemes are s-t-r-ee-t.
  • Question 10

Look at the picture and read the word out loud.

 

screw

screw

 

How many phonemes are there in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The word 'screw' has 4 phonemes, s-c-r-ew. Great effort! High five!
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