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Use and Spell Tricky Words

In this worksheet, students will be asked to spell and use tricky words. The words contain silent letters and are aimed at a higher level.

'Use and Spell Tricky Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Certain words in the English language have silent letters that at one time, in history, were pronounced.

Some letters, which are no longer sounded, were once stressed hundreds of years ago.

For example, in knight, there was an 'k' sound before the 'n'.

 

A silent letter in a word, is a letter that we do not pronounce.

Another way of thinking of a silent letter is as a letter whose presence cannot be predicted from the pronunciation of the word.

 

Example:

Silent k, as in the words 'knife', 'knee' and 'knapsack'.

 

Silent w, as in the words 'write', 'wren' and 'wriggle'.

 

Silent b, as in the words 'thumb' and 'subtle'.

 

Silent t, as in 'castle', 'nestle' and 'whistle'.

 

Why do we have silent letters, they just seem confusing?

 

Silent letters do have their uses!

 

They can be beneficial when distinguishing between homophones, for example: 'know'/'no' or, 'band'/'banned'.

 

Silent letters can change the pronunciation of words, even though they are actually silent!

For example: 'sin'/'sign' or, 'rat'/'rate'.

 

This activity will help you locate silent letters and spell words with silent letters.

Below are some words that have letters that do not make any sound.

 

Can you match each word with the correct label?

Column A

Column B

Reign
Silent 'b'
Know
Silent 'w'
Thumb
Silent 'k'
Writing
Silent 'g'

Below are some words that have letters that do not make any sound.

 

Can you match each word with the correct label?

Column A

Column B

Listen
Silent 't'
Lamb
Silent 'b'
Christen
Silent 't'
Knew
Silent 'k'

Below are some words that have letters that do not make any sound.

 

Can you match each word with the correct label?

Column A

Column B

Mortgage
Silent 'h'
Honest
Silent 'h'
Hour
Silent 't'
Knuckle
Silent 'k'

Look carefully at the word below, can you write the silent letter from the word in the box below?

 

Ghost

 

Look carefully at the word below, can you write the silent letter from the word in the box below?

 

Moisten

 

Look carefully at the word below, can you write the silent letter from the word in the box below?

 

Guess

 

Beneath each word, can you write the silent letter?

Beneath each word, can you write the silent letter?

Read the clue below and then write the answer to it.

 

The answer does contain a silent letter!

 

The season that American people call 'fall'

Read the clue below and then write the answer to it.

 

The answer does contain a silent letter!

 

You have 8 fingers and 2 ... ?

  • Question 1

Below are some words that have letters that do not make any sound.

 

Can you match each word with the correct label?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Reign
Silent 'g'
Know
Silent 'k'
Thumb
Silent 'b'
Writing
Silent 'w'
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this first question? Did you identify the silent letters? Hopefully, this task will help you locate silent letters within words.
  • Question 2

Below are some words that have letters that do not make any sound.

 

Can you match each word with the correct label?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Listen
Silent 't'
Lamb
Silent 'b'
Christen
Silent 't'
Knew
Silent 'k'
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on this time? Silent letters are not there to confuse you, honestly! The more you practise using them, the easier it will become to remember which letters are silent in which word. Soon it'll be second nature!
  • Question 3

Below are some words that have letters that do not make any sound.

 

Can you match each word with the correct label?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Mortgage
Silent 't'
Honest
Silent 'h'
Hour
Silent 'h'
Knuckle
Silent 'k'
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? I bet you're really getting the hang of this now! Two of the words had a silent 'h', this is a very common silent letter and you will have been using words with a silent 'h' for a long time. Can you think of any others?
  • Question 4

Look carefully at the word below, can you write the silent letter from the word in the box below?

 

Ghost

 

CORRECT ANSWER
h
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot it? The silent letter in ghost is 'h'. If you find it tricky to identify the silent letter, try saying the word aloud and see if you can spot the one you don't have to pronounce. Are you beginning to feel more confident?
  • Question 5

Look carefully at the word below, can you write the silent letter from the word in the box below?

 

Moisten

 

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? The silent letter in moisten is 't'. This example shows us that a verb can also have a silent letter.
  • Question 6

Look carefully at the word below, can you write the silent letter from the word in the box below?

 

Guess

 

CORRECT ANSWER
u
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? It was quite tricky! The silent letter in guess is 'u'. 'U' is not pronounced when it comes after 'g' and before a vowel.
  • Question 7

Beneath each word, can you write the silent letter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This time, you had to locate three different examples of silent letters. Remember that 'u' is not pronounced following a 'g' and before a vowel. 'W' is not pronounced at the beginning of a word when it is before an 'r'.
  • Question 8

Beneath each word, can you write the silent letter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Again, you had to locate three different examples of silent letters. The letter 'c' is not pronounced in muscle as it is in the combination 'sc'. 'G' is not pronounced in foreign as it comes before 'n'.
  • Question 9

Read the clue below and then write the answer to it.

 

The answer does contain a silent letter!

 

The season that American people call 'fall'

CORRECT ANSWER
Autumn
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to work it out? The answer is Autumn and the silent letter in the word is 'n'. 'N' is not pronounced when it comes after 'm' at the end of a word.
  • Question 10

Read the clue below and then write the answer to it.

 

The answer does contain a silent letter!

 

You have 8 fingers and 2 ... ?

CORRECT ANSWER
Thumbs
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work it out? This one was tricky, so don't worry if not. This time the answer is thumbs. The silent letter is 'b'. 'B' is not pronounced after 'm' at the end of a word. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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