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Investigate Word Pronunciations: Letter Strings

In this worksheet, students investigate the different ways in which the same letter strings can be pronounced.

'Investigate Word Pronunciations: Letter Strings' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Exception Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Some words with the same letter strings are pronounced differently. To 'pronounce' is how we say a word.

 

for example:

one, bone, cone

 

The word one is pronounced differently from the other two words in the list.

 

In this activity, you can practise reading lists of words and finding the ones that are pronounced differently.

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string eight is pronounced in a different way from the others.

weight

height

freight

eight

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ow is pronounced in a different way from the others.

crow

show

how

flow

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string atch is pronounced in a different way from the others.

match

batch

hatch

watch

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ove is pronounced in a different way from the others.

dove

glove

clove

shove

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ough is pronounced in a different way from the others.

rough

tough

cough

enough

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ould is pronounced in a different way from the others.

could

should

would

mould

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ought is pronounced in a different way from the others.

drought

fought

bought

sought

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string oth is pronounced in a different way from the others.

broth

moth

both

cloth

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string other is pronounced in a different way from the others.

bother

mother

another

brother

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string iver is pronounced in a different way from the others.

liver

shiver

river

driver

  • Question 1

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string eight is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
height
EDDIE SAYS
The letter string 'eight' has the long 'i' sound in the word height.
  • Question 2

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ow is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
how
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'how' is pronounced in the same way as 'cow'.
  • Question 3

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string atch is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
watch
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the odd one out? 'Watch' is pronounced in a different way here, it contains the short 'o' sound.
  • Question 4

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ove is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
clove
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'clove' is pronounced in a different way to the others, it contains the long 'o' sound whereas the others have the short 'u' sound.
  • Question 5

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ough is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
cough
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'cough' is different here, it contains the short 'o' sound.
  • Question 6

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ould is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
mould
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'mould' is pronounced differently to the others. It sounds more like 'old' or 'cold'.
  • Question 7

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string ought is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
drought
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'drought' is pronounced differently. It sounds similar to 'shout' or 'sprout'.
  • Question 8

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string oth is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
both
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'both' is the odd one out here. It contains the long 'o' sound and it rhymes with 'growth'.
  • Question 9

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string other is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
bother
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'bother' is pronounced differently. 'Bother' contains the short 'o' sound.
  • Question 10

Read the list of words and tick the one where the letter string iver is pronounced in a different way from the others.

CORRECT ANSWER
driver
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'driver' is different here, it contains the long 'i' sound and rhymes with 'diver' or 'fiver'.
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