The /k/ sound!
ck in pack
c in cap
k in king
In the above words, /ck/, /c/ and /k/ make the same sound.
We have to make our little readers understand that sounds can be represented by multiple spelling patterns. Teaching children the spelling patterns for different sounds is necessary to encode or decode a word.
Why do some /k/ sound words begin with c and other with k?
Well, there is a rule for that too which I shall be covering later.
For now, let’s focus on the ‘spelling rule ck.’
c makes the sound /k/
k makes the sound /k/
ck also makes the sound /k/
/ck/ is read as one sound /k/
ck is used when we hear a /k/ sound right after a short vowel.
p-a-ck – ck comes right after short vowel /a/ sound
p-e-ck – ck comes right after short vowel /e/ sound
p-i-ck – ck comes right after short vowel /i/ sound
p-o-ck – ck comes right after short vowel /o/ sound
p-u-ck – ck comes right after short vowel /u/ sound
Please note that phonics sound ck comes only after a single short vowel word. This rule will not apply for words that have more than one vowel coming before the /k/ sound. For example, the word ‘magic’. Here, the /k/ is preceded by two short vowel sounds (a and i) so the rule does not apply. Another example can be of the word ‘shook’. ‘oo’ is not a short vowel sound so there will be no /ck/ sound.
You can practice writing ‘ack eck ick ock uck’ words with the help of the worksheets below.
Write the ack words on the sack. Complete the words by adding ack to them. Read the words.
Write the eck words on the check. Complete the words by adding eck to them. Read the words.
Write the ick words on the chick. Complete the words by adding ick to them. Read the words.
Write the ock words on the sock. Complete the words by adding ock to them. Read the words.
Write the uck words on the duck. Complete the words by adding uck to them. Read the words.
Download the above phonics words list for spelling rule ck words by clicking here.
I have prepared worksheets for spelling rule ck. This comprehensive pack has 9 reading, writing, and activity worksheets focussing on /ck/.
You can download this ck words pack by clicking here.
The above sentence list for ck words is a very useful resource for teachers. It includes simple sentences that can be read or practiced for dictation.
This ck words list can be used for preschoolers and kindergarteners to read four-letter ck words.
I hope you find this spelling rule ck resource useful.