teaching resource

Phoneme Spotter Story – /er/ Sound

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

A decodable text featuring various graphemes that make the /er/ sound.

One fundamental aspect of phonological awareness is understanding that multiple graphemes can be used to represent a single phoneme. In order to do this, students must first become familiar with the sound that a particular phoneme makes. Time to read aloud to explore the /er/ sound!

Exploring the /er/ sound

This phoneme spotter story, Burt and the Surf, explores some of the graphemes that make the /er/ (as in her) sound. These include the digraphs “er”, “ir”, and “ur”.

How to use this resource

Individual or Small-Group Activity

Provide the students with a copy of the text. Have them read the story aloud. Each time they hear the /er/ sound, ask the students to highlight or color the word that includes this sound.

Whole-Class Activity

Project the text onto your whiteboard. Read the text aloud to the students. Each time they hear the /er/ sound, have the students indicate this in some way, e.g., put their hands on their head, stand up, clap their hands. Afterward, discuss the various graphemes that made the /er/ sound within the text.

An answer key is included in the download.

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