Lesson Plan

Can You Find the -er, -ir, -ur Sound?

Poetry? Scavenger hunts? Use this lesson to teach your students about the R-controlled vowels that say “er” using both! Your students will be reading those pesky er/ir/ur words in no time!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and distinguish the sound spelling relationships of R-controlled vowel patterns -er, -ir, and -ur.


(10 minutes)
  • Gather students together for the start of lesson.
  • Say, “Raise your hand if you have a sister or a brother (pause while students raise hands). Then ask, "Are there things you have in common?” Student answers might include similar features, that they live together, they speak the same language, enjoy same things, have the same parents, etc. “Today we are going to learn about the 'er' family. This family might sound the same, but look a little different!”
  • Ask students to listen to you read aloud the poem that accompanies this lesson, and give a thumbs up when they hear the “er” sound (like in “bird”) in a word.