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Investigate Sounds: ow and ie

In this worksheet, students investigate words that have the same spelling patterns but are pronouced in different ways. The worksheet requires the student to listen to audio clips.

'Investigate Sounds: ow and ie' 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 different sounds. Listen to the sounds made by the letters 'ow' in these words.

 

flower

 

window

 

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

 

tie

 

thief

 

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.

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

trowel

same as flower

same as window

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

elbow

same as flower

same as window

This time, read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

owl

same as flower

same as window

Read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

snow

same as flower

same as window

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

show

shower

down

bowl

towel

grow

crowd

low

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

achieve

same as tie

same as thief

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

cried

same as tie

same as thief

This time, read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

chief

same as tie

same as thief

Read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

lie

same as tie

same as thief

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

die

shield

tried

field

pie

believe

cookie

lie

  • Question 1

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

trowel

CORRECT ANSWER
same as flower
  • Question 2

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

elbow

CORRECT ANSWER
same as window
  • Question 3

This time, read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

owl

CORRECT ANSWER
same as flower
  • Question 4

Read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ow' sounds like the 'ow' in flower or the 'ow' in window.

 

snow

CORRECT ANSWER
same as window
  • Question 5

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

CORRECT ANSWER
shower
down
towel
crowd
  • Question 6

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

achieve

CORRECT ANSWER
same as thief
  • Question 7

Listen to this word and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

cried

CORRECT ANSWER
same as tie
  • Question 8

This time, read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

chief

CORRECT ANSWER
same as thief
  • Question 9

Read the word out loud and decide whether the 'ie' sounds like the 'ie' in tie or the 'ie' in thief.

 

lie

CORRECT ANSWER
same as tie
  • Question 10

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

CORRECT ANSWER
shield
field
believe
cookie
---- OR ----

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