R-Controlled Vowels

R-Controlled Vowels

Author: Heidi Buys

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to correctly spell five words that contain the r-controlled vowels ‘ar’, ‘or’, ‘ir’, ‘er’ and ‘ur’.

In today’s phonics lesson, we are going to continue to discuss R-controlled vowels.  When a vowel is followed by an r, the r changes the sound that the vowel makes.  The vowel is called an r-controlled vowel. We like to refer to the “r” as the “bossy r” because the r “bosses” the vowel to make a new sound.  We will review the R-controlled vowels 'ar' and 'or'.  We will also learn about 'ir', 'er' and 'ur'.

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R-Controlled Vowels

Watch the video about R-Controlled Vowels and fill out the WSQ form as you go!

Source: Created by Heidi Buys using Sophia.org and Microsoft PowerPoint

R-Controlled Vowels

You can view the accompanying PowerPoint that goes along with the video.

Source: Created by Heidi Buys on Microsoft PowerPoint

2nd Grade Bossy R Rap

A second grade class uploaded this rap they created about Bossy R to YouTube.


Attached is a copy of the WSQ form in case you lost your paper copy.

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Source: Created by Heidi Buys using Microsoft Word