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Vowel Trigraphs: ear

In this worksheet, students revise the ways in which the vowel trigraph 'ear' is pronounced and used.

'Vowel Trigraphs: ear' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Phonological Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Often the same string of letters can be pronounced in many different ways.

For example:

The words bear, fear and search all have the letters ear in them, but the sound made by the letters is different in each word.

 

This table shows the main ways of pronouncing ear in English.

 

Sounds like: example of ear word  
  air   pear

  eer   fear

  er   learn

  ar   heart

 

 

These pronunciations are based on Standard English. People have different accents depending on where they live, so you may pronounce some of the words a little differently.

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

earn

turn

year

hair

curl

cheer

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

hearth

park

pier

chart

herd

chair

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

clear

stare

steer

player

near

heart

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

bear

year

heard

flair

gear

glare

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

earth

search

pear

year

stern

steep

For the following three questions you need to read the list of words and decide which one has a different pronunciation of the ear sound from the others. Write the odd one out in the answer box.

 

search    earth    yearn    beard    heard

Read the list of words and decide which one has a different pronunciation of the ear sound from the others. Write the odd one out in the answer box.

 

pear    swear    heart    bear    wear

Read the list of words and decide which one has a different pronunciation of the ear sound from the others. Write the odd one out in the answer box.

 

gear    rear    swear    spear    disappear

Sometimes two words can have exactly the same spelling but a different meaning and pronunciation. Choose the ear word that will complete both sentences below.

 

If you catch your clothes on a barbed wire fence you will ________ them.

 

She had a ________ in her eye after watching the film.

Sometimes two words can have exactly the same spelling but a different meaning and pronunciation. Choose the ear word that will complete both sentences below.

 

Kate wanted to ________ her new dress to the party.

 

The River ________ runs through the city of Durham.

 

(In the second sentence the word would have a capital letter.)

  • Question 1

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

earn

CORRECT ANSWER
turn
curl
  • Question 2

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

hearth

CORRECT ANSWER
park
chart
  • Question 3

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

clear

CORRECT ANSWER
steer
near
  • Question 4

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

bear

CORRECT ANSWER
flair
glare
  • Question 5

Read the following ear word aloud and then choose two words from the list which have the same vowel sound.

 

earth

CORRECT ANSWER
search
stern
  • Question 6

For the following three questions you need to read the list of words and decide which one has a different pronunciation of the ear sound from the others. Write the odd one out in the answer box.

 

search    earth    yearn    beard    heard

CORRECT ANSWER
beard
  • Question 7

Read the list of words and decide which one has a different pronunciation of the ear sound from the others. Write the odd one out in the answer box.

 

pear    swear    heart    bear    wear

CORRECT ANSWER
heart
  • Question 8

Read the list of words and decide which one has a different pronunciation of the ear sound from the others. Write the odd one out in the answer box.

 

gear    rear    swear    spear    disappear

CORRECT ANSWER
swear
  • Question 9

Sometimes two words can have exactly the same spelling but a different meaning and pronunciation. Choose the ear word that will complete both sentences below.

 

If you catch your clothes on a barbed wire fence you will ________ them.

 

She had a ________ in her eye after watching the film.

CORRECT ANSWER
tear
  • Question 10

Sometimes two words can have exactly the same spelling but a different meaning and pronunciation. Choose the ear word that will complete both sentences below.

 

Kate wanted to ________ her new dress to the party.

 

The River ________ runs through the city of Durham.

 

(In the second sentence the word would have a capital letter.)

CORRECT ANSWER
wear
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