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R-Controlled Vowel Words 

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R-controlled vowels are vowels that are modified in sound by the R that follows them. Some examples are the AR in car, the IR in girl, the UR in turn, the OR in fork and the ER in tiger.


I generally teach r-controlled vowels sometime after teaching vowel digraphs. A lot of the games offered on this site combine vowel digraphs with r-controlled vowels.

Sample R-controlled vowel worksheets

R-Controlled Vowel Spelling Worksheets: These spelling sheets contain words with the r-controlled vowels. I generally introduce two or three new words every day to highlight or reinforce a particular pattern.

R-Controlled Vowel Card Game: These cards can be used to play memory and fish while at the same time reinforcing r-controlled vowel patterns. The words are mostly taken from the spelling sheets above.

R-Controlled Vowel Bingo: A bingo game that helps students decode words with the r-controlled vowels such as AR, ER, IR, OR, UR. There are no pictures in this game as the emphasis is on decoding skills.

Dragon Words with Consonant Digraphs (links below): Sets of flashcards with consonant digraphs and no pictures for an emphasis on decoding. These cards come from the Dragon Words Section.

AR     ER     IR     UR     OR

R-Controlled Vowel Rhymes: A simple rhyming worksheet that reviews r-controlled vowel rhyming words from the card game above.

R-Controlled Vowel Combination Worksheets: Simple worksheets that illustrate R-controlled vowels.

AR        IR       OR

R-Controlled Vowel Say and Spell It Game: A fun game for reviewing consonant digraph words as well as the word skills rhymes, begins with, and ends with.

R-Controlled Vowels Word Searches: Word searches that cover the R-Controlled Vowels Ar, IR, and OR.

AR Easy       ER Easy       IR Easy       OR Easy        UR Easy

AR Norm        ER Norm      IR Norm    OR Norm      UR Norm

R-Controlled Vowels Unit Spelling Test Generator: Generate as many spelling tests as you want for review or for actual testing of words in this unit. Refresh to get a new test.

Phonics Monsters Game (R-Controlled Vowel  Version): This is a great game for reinforcing decoding skills. I also use these cards as my standard set of flashcards when introducing and practicing phonetic patterns.


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