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Investigate Sounds: ea and ou

In this worksheet, students investigate words where the same spelling patterns can produce different sounds. The worksheet requires the student to listen to audio clips.

'Investigate Sounds: ea and ou' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Phonological Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sometimes the same letters can make several different sounds. Listen to the sounds made by the letters 'ea' in these words.

 

peach

 

feather

 

steak

 

Now listen to the sounds made by the letters 'ou' in these words.

 

cloud

 

soup

 

boulder

 

If you know that the same letters can make different sounds it helps you with your reading. When you come across a new word you can try out the different sounds and see which one makes sense.

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ea' sounds like the 'ea' in peach, feather or steak.

 

breakfast

same as peach

same as feather

same as steak

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ea' sounds like the 'ea' in peach, feather or steak.

 

Easter

same as peach

same as feather

same as steak

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ea' sounds like the 'ea' in peach, feather or steak.

 

great

same as peach

same as feather

same as steak

All the words in the list have the letters 'ea' in them. Tick the four boxes where the 'ea' sounds the same as in feather.

bread

head

beach

wheat

break

weather

seat

heaven

This time, tick the four boxes where the 'ea' sounds the same as in peach.

please

bread

great

easy

dead

instead

treat

bleat

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

count

same as cloud

same as soup

same as boulder

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

shoulder

same as cloud

same as soup

same as boulder

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

group

same as cloud

same as soup

same as boulder

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

bounce

same as cloud

same as soup

same as boulder

All the words in the list have the letters 'ou' in them. Tick the four boxes where the 'ou' sounds the same as in cloud.

mouldy

shoulder

loud

group

announce

round

amount

you

  • Question 1

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ea' sounds like the 'ea' in peach, feather or steak.

 

breakfast

CORRECT ANSWER
same as feather
  • Question 2

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ea' sounds like the 'ea' in peach, feather or steak.

 

Easter

CORRECT ANSWER
same as peach
  • Question 3

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ea' sounds like the 'ea' in peach, feather or steak.

 

great

CORRECT ANSWER
same as steak
  • Question 4

All the words in the list have the letters 'ea' in them. Tick the four boxes where the 'ea' sounds the same as in feather.

CORRECT ANSWER
bread
head
weather
heaven
  • Question 5

This time, tick the four boxes where the 'ea' sounds the same as in peach.

CORRECT ANSWER
please
easy
treat
bleat
  • Question 6

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

count

CORRECT ANSWER
same as cloud
  • Question 7

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

shoulder

CORRECT ANSWER
same as boulder
  • Question 8

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

group

CORRECT ANSWER
same as soup
  • Question 9

Read this word out loud and decide whether the 'ou' sounds like the 'ou' in cloud, soup or boulder.

 

bounce

CORRECT ANSWER
same as cloud
  • Question 10

All the words in the list have the letters 'ou' in them. Tick the four boxes where the 'ou' sounds the same as in cloud.

CORRECT ANSWER
loud
announce
round
amount
---- OR ----

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