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Read and Spell Phonemes: 'er' 3

In this worksheet, students identify the 'er' phoneme in longer texts and choose the correct spelling to complete sentences.

'Read and Spell Phonemes: 'er' 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Grapheme Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

All these words contain the 'er' phoneme, but spelt in different ways.

thunder

turkey

skirt

early

worship

 

If the 'er' sound is at the end of the word then it is usually spelt 'er', and if it comes after the letter 'w' it is usually spelt 'or', but otherwise you just have to learn the different spellings.

Read the sentence below. One of the words in it contains the 'er' phoneme, but it may be spelt in a different way. Tick the box that shows how it is spelt.

 

Last summer I went to Spain.

er

ir

ur

ear

or

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

Kyle was thirsty so he had a drink of milk.

er

ir

ur

ear

or

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

Robbie goes to church on Sundays with his mum and dad.

er

ir

ur

ear

or

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

We need to get up early tomorrow to catch our train.

er

ir

ur

ear

or

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

David always works very hard.

er

ir

ur

ear

or

This time, read the sentence out loud and count how many times you hear the 'er' phoneme.

(Remember, it might be spelt in different ways.)

 

Nina got up early on Thursday and put on her new school skirt and shirt.

3

4

5

How many times can you hear the 'er' phoneme in these sentences?

 

Kirstie and Jack went down to the river to catch a fish for their supper. They had to come home early because it started to thunder even though it was a summer day.

5

6

7

How many times can you hear the 'er' phoneme in these sentences?

 

My little brother thinks that liver is the worst food in the world. He won't eat it for dinner and says it hurts his tummy and makes him burp.

5

6

7

Fill in the missing word in this sentence. It has the 'er' phoneme in it but it may not be spelt with the letters 'er'.

 

The correct spelling of the word has already been used in this worksheet.

 

The day after Wednesday is called __________.

Fill in the missing word in this sentence. It has the 'er' phoneme in it but it may not be spelt with the letters 'er'.

 

A __________ is a holy building for Christian people.

  • Question 1

Read the sentence below. One of the words in it contains the 'er' phoneme, but it may be spelt in a different way. Tick the box that shows how it is spelt.

 

Last summer I went to Spain.

CORRECT ANSWER
er
EDDIE SAYS
The word containing the 'er' phoneme is 'summer'.
  • Question 2

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

Kyle was thirsty so he had a drink of milk.

CORRECT ANSWER
ir
EDDIE SAYS
The word is 'thirsty'.
  • Question 3

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

Robbie goes to church on Sundays with his mum and dad.

CORRECT ANSWER
ur
EDDIE SAYS
The word is 'church'.
  • Question 4

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

We need to get up early tomorrow to catch our train.

CORRECT ANSWER
ear
EDDIE SAYS
The word is 'early'.
  • Question 5

This sentence also has an 'er' word in it. How is it spelt?

 

David always works very hard.

CORRECT ANSWER
or
EDDIE SAYS
The word is 'works'.
  • Question 6

This time, read the sentence out loud and count how many times you hear the 'er' phoneme.

(Remember, it might be spelt in different ways.)

 

Nina got up early on Thursday and put on her new school skirt and shirt.

CORRECT ANSWER
5
EDDIE SAYS
The words are 'early', 'Thursday', 'her', 'skirt' and 'shirt'.
  • Question 7

How many times can you hear the 'er' phoneme in these sentences?

 

Kirstie and Jack went down to the river to catch a fish for their supper. They had to come home early because it started to thunder even though it was a summer day.

CORRECT ANSWER
6
EDDIE SAYS
The words are 'Kirstie', 'river', 'supper', 'early', 'thunder' and 'summer'.
  • Question 8

How many times can you hear the 'er' phoneme in these sentences?

 

My little brother thinks that liver is the worst food in the world. He won't eat it for dinner and says it hurts his tummy and makes him burp.

CORRECT ANSWER
7
EDDIE SAYS
The words are 'brother', 'liver', 'worst', 'world', 'dinner', 'hurts' and 'burp'.
  • Question 9

Fill in the missing word in this sentence. It has the 'er' phoneme in it but it may not be spelt with the letters 'er'.

 

The correct spelling of the word has already been used in this worksheet.

 

The day after Wednesday is called __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
Thursday
EDDIE SAYS
Thursday is the correct word and it must have a capital letter as it is a day of the week!
  • Question 10

Fill in the missing word in this sentence. It has the 'er' phoneme in it but it may not be spelt with the letters 'er'.

 

A __________ is a holy building for Christian people.

CORRECT ANSWER
church
EDDIE SAYS
the letters U and R make the 'er' sound in church.
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