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Investigate Words with Silent Letters: 'b' and 'l'

In this worksheet, students practise reading and spelling words with a silent 'b' or 'l'.

'Investigate Words with Silent Letters: 'b' and 'l'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling Awareness (words with 'silent' letters [e.g. knight, psalm, solemn])

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Some words have letters that we don't pronounce (say out loud) when we read them. These are called silent letters.

 

lamb

The word lamb has a silent 'b'.

 

calf

The word calf has a silent 'l'.

 

We just have to learn which words have silent letters, but it might be helpful to remember that in many words with a silent 'b' the letter 'm' comes just before.

 

Read these words carefully as you will need to spell them correctly in this worksheet. They all have either a silent 'b' or a silent 'l' in them.

bomb

thumb

crumb

doubt

half

yolk

chalk

salmon

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

A girl drawing on a board with chalk

Kelly wrote the answer on the board with a piece of __________.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

empty plate

By the time Tim got home the cake had all gone and there was nothing left but a few __________.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

Two friends with muddy clothes

There could be no __________ that the boys had enjoyed playing in the mud.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

fish

Mickey saw the __________ leap out of the water.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

boiled egg

When I eat a boiled egg I like the __________ to be really soft.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

calf

Our cow had a baby __________ last night.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

bar of chocolate

If we split the chocolate bar in __________ we can share it.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

bandaged thumb

My grandad accidently hit his __________ when he was hammering.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

lamb

Lily decided to call her pet __________ Clover.

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

bomb

Workers have found an unexploded wartime __________ at the building site.

  • Question 1

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

A girl drawing on a board with chalk

Kelly wrote the answer on the board with a piece of __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
chalk
EDDIE SAYS
Great job! 'Chalk' is used to write on a board.
  • Question 2

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

empty plate

By the time Tim got home the cake had all gone and there was nothing left but a few __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
crumbs
EDDIE SAYS
Remember when a word has a silent 'b' it often has an 'm' before it. If you are unsure of any meanings a dictionary can help you to find out.
  • Question 3

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

Two friends with muddy clothes

There could be no __________ that the boys had enjoyed playing in the mud.

CORRECT ANSWER
doubt
EDDIE SAYS
The best thing to do if you are unsure which word to use, is to try reading each sentence with one of the words from the list. Which one fits best? Remember to look up the meaning of any words you do not know.
  • Question 4

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

fish

Mickey saw the __________ leap out of the water.

CORRECT ANSWER
salmon
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 5

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

boiled egg

When I eat a boiled egg I like the __________ to be really soft.

CORRECT ANSWER
yolk
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! 'Yolk' is the correct word to go in the sentence. 'Yolk' has a silent 'l'.
  • Question 6

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

calf

Our cow had a baby __________ last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
calf
EDDIE SAYS
What is a baby cow called? 'Calf' is the missing word. Again this word has a silent 'l'. Keep it up super star!
  • Question 7

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

bar of chocolate

If we split the chocolate bar in __________ we can share it.

CORRECT ANSWER
half
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? 'Half' has a silent 'l'. Nearly there!
  • Question 8

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

bandaged thumb

My grandad accidently hit his __________ when he was hammering.

CORRECT ANSWER
thumb
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! 'Thumb' has a silent 'b'. Remember an 'm' usually comes before a silent 'b'.
  • Question 9

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

lamb

Lily decided to call her pet __________ Clover.

CORRECT ANSWER
lamb
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! You will be an expert!
  • Question 10

Write the missing word in the answer box. Use one of the words from the introduction page.

 

bomb

Workers have found an unexploded wartime __________ at the building site.

CORRECT ANSWER
bomb
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Amazing effort!
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