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Digraphs 'ow' and 'ou' 1

In this worksheet, students will practise spelling words containing the digraphs 'ow' and 'ou'.

'Digraphs 'ow' and 'ou' 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Distinguish Different Spellings of Same Sound

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

These words have the same sound but different spellings. 

In this worksheet you will practise spelling words that use 'ow' and 'ou'.

 

house

brown

 

 

The 'ow' digraph has two sounds:

snow

brown

 

These words both have 'ow' in them but they sound very different.

 

Pick the correct spelling.

grou

grow

city

 

Pick the correct spelling.

toun

town

mouth

 

Pick the correct spelling.

mouth

mowth

 

Pick the correct spelling.

blow

blou

fan

 

Pick the correct spelling.

around

arownd

a girl hanging upside down

 

Pick the correct spelling.

doun

down

 

Pick the correct spelling.

sound

sownd

 

Pick the correct spelling.

going owt

going out

 

Pick the correct spelling.

brown

broun

house

 

Pick the correct spelling.

howse

house

  • Question 1

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
grow
EDDIE SAYS
This can be tricky as both 'ou' and 'ow' can make the same sound. However 'ow' can also make a different sound, like in the word 'snow'. The word 'grow' uses the 'ow' digraph. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 2

city

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
town
EDDIE SAYS
This time 'ow' is making the same sound as 'ou'. You need to decide which word is spelt correctly. The trick is to remember that the 'ow' digraph is often followed by the letters 'n' or 'l'. The word 't-ow-n' uses the 'ow' digraph in the middle of the word followed by the letter 'n'. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 3

mouth

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
mouth
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? In this example we are looking at the word 'mouth'. Remember look at where the sound is positioned in the word. We can hear the sound in the middle of the word which means it uses the digraph 'ou'. The 'ow' digraph only appears in the middle of a word if it is followed by the letters 'n' or 'l'.Keep going superstar!
  • Question 4

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
blow
  • Question 5

fan

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
around
EDDIE SAYS
The word we are looking at here is 'around'. The sound comes in the middle of the word which means the 'ou' digraph is the correct one to use. Great effort! Try the next question!
  • Question 6

a girl hanging upside down

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
down
EDDIE SAYS
Did you pick the right one? Remember the general rule is that the 'ou' digraph comes at the start or middle of the word, unless the phoneme that follows is 'n' or 'l'. In the cases where this happens it is the 'ow' digraph that is used. Great effort! Keep going!
  • Question 7

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
sound
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember the rule? The word 'sound' has the 'ou' digraph in the middle of the word. It has four phonemes 's-ou-n-d'. Always look at both options to check where the digraphs are positioned within the word. You have got this!
  • Question 8

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
going out
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting on OK? The word 'house' uses the 'ou' phoneme as the sound comes at the start of the word. Nearly there! Keep it up!
  • Question 9

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
brown
EDDIE SAYS
Nearly there now! The sound we are looking at comes at the end of the word which means normally we would use the 'ou' digraph however the digraph is followed by the 'n' phoneme which means we use the 'ow' digraph. Give the last question a try!
  • Question 10

house

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
house
EDDIE SAYS
Last question well done! The word we are looking at is 'house'. The sound comes in the middle of the word so the general rule is that the 'ou' digraph is used. Super effort!
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