A –r controlled syllable is a syllable that has the letter –r is to the right of any vowel. When this is the case, the vowel does not make either its short sound or long sound, but rather it makes a different sound because the letter –r controls the sound of the vowel. With this packet, students will learn that r-controlled words either say one of the four sounds: /ar/, /air/, /ir/, /or/. R-controlled words are spelled with all the vowels: –ar, -er, -ir, -or, -ur.
This packet includes 13 picture sorts targeting the 5 –r-controlled spellings making their –r-controlled sounds. There is an anchor chart with the definition of a –r-controlled syllable that can be posted in the classroom for students. Also, I have included a chart in this packet that visually shows which –r-controlled spellings say which sounds.
r-Controlled syllables are a tricky syllable to learn, but after students realize that there are only 4 sounds that they can try when decoding these kinds of words, then the guess work disappears.
This packet will given students much practice visually seeing the words and verbally saying the words, and this is what it takes for them to master reading -r-controlled words. After students complete this packet, they will definitely have a good understanding of a -r-controlled syllable.