r-Controlled Syllable Picture Sorts


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Looking for a resource that teaches all 5 -r-Controlled sounds in one packet? Then this is the packet for you! This packet makes -r-Controlled Syllables so easy to teach for you as the teacher and so easy to understand for the student learning this syllable type.

Once students realize that r-Controlled Syllables only have five sounds, they usually capture this syllable type very quickly in reading.

This packet includes 21 picture sorts targeting the 5 –r-controlled spellings making their 5 –r-controlled sounds. Pages 8-21 are sorts sorting two different sounds but with same spelling. These sorts teach and reinforce phonemic awareness because students will have to listen to distinguish the two different sounds. Pages 9-29 are sorts sorting two different spellings with the same or different sounds. These latter sorts are the easiest level of sorts to begin with because the spelling makes it obvious as to what box the picture goes in.

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. It takes students continuously reviewing in order to master this syllable type. Exposure, experience, and visual memory are the keys to successfully mastering this syllable type. Students will learn that r-controlled words either say one of the five sounds: /ar/, /air/, /ear/, /ir/, /or/.

R-controlled words are spelled with the all the vowels: –ar, -er, -ir, -or, -ur.

•-ar makes 4 –r-controlled sounds: /ar/ in car, /ir/ in bird, /or/ in corn, and /air/ in air.

•-er makes 2 –r-controlled sounds: /ir/ in bird, /air/ in air.

•-ir makes 2 –r-controlled sounds: /ir/ in bird, /ear/ in spirit

•-or makes 3 –r-controlled sounds: /ar/ in car, /ir/ in bird, and /or/ in corn. When it makes the /ar/ in car sound, it only makes this sound in a few words such as: borrow, sorry, sorrow, and tomorrow.

•–ur makes 1 –r-controlled sound: /ir/ in bird.

Page 4 gives the definition of a –r-controlled syllable that can posted in the classroom as a reminder to students. Also, I have included a chart on page 5 of this packet that visually shows which –r-controlled spellings say which sounds.

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
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