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Consonant blends or clusters are two or more consonants together in which each consonant is pronounced, with no vowel sounds in between them. Ending consonant blends are also called final consonant blends. Final consonant blends can be challenging to decode because the match between the spoken and written forms is not perfect.
Children usually miss one of the sounds from the blend. ‘sink’ is sometimes pronounced or written as ‘sin’ or ‘tent’ is written ‘tet.’ An extra effort needs to be made to draw their attention to each consonant sound and its letter. Therefore, I will be sharing worksheets for ending blends individually so children can get maximum practice with ending consonant blend words.
Before attempting ending blends, it is advisable to do beginning blends since they are easier. Check this space for free worksheets for beginning blends like, bl, cl, fl, gr, pr tr, sm, sw, sp etc
The focus for today is the blend words ending in nk.
The first ending blend worksheet is reading simple nk words. The words are mainly 4 letter words that are apt for introducing the nk blend. Read the words and color the nk blend for each word. For nk words flashcards with pictures, go here.
The next worksheet is a fun picture sort worksheet. Children really enjoy attempting these cut and paste worksheets. Cut the pictures and read the nk words. Highlight the nk sound for each word. Highlighting is important to register the sound especially when more than one letter is involved in the formation of the sound. Paste the pictures under the correct word.
I would like to recommend a book that focuses on the ‘nk’ sound, ‘The Trunk and the Skunk’ by Julia Donaldson.
This fun book will give your child the confidence to read independently. The story is fun with a focus on ‘nk words.’
A gang of excitable skunks is off to the water park for a fun afternoon. Their aquatic antics soon land them in trouble – but perhaps they can put their swimming skills to good use? This entertaining story with simple rhyming text and stylish illustrations is a delight to share with young children, or for beginner readers to read themselves, with parent’s notes on phonics at the back.
Read the -nk words in the word bank and write them in the blocks under the pictures.
This is another cut and paste, word sort worksheet for nk words. Sort them words under ank, ink, onk and junk.
Look at the picture and unscramble the words to form a logical sentence and write it following basic punctuation.
-nk sound is often confused with the -ng sound. Download free worksheets to practice the -ng sound by checking this space.
The last nk blend worksheet is a words puzzle exercise. Cut the squares and you will have six puzzles. Now cut along the dotted line and you will have three strips for each word puzzle. Let the child to form the picture and read the word. Stick it in the notebook and write a sentence using the word.
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