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Basic Speller - Lesson 8 - Letters and Sounds

Lesson Eight

Letters and Sounds

1. Letters and sounds are two different things: Letters are things you see. Sounds are things you hear.

2. Say the word else. You should hear three sounds in it:

The first sound is spelled by the letter <e> at the front of the word.

The second sound is spelled by the letter <l>.

The third sound is spelled by the letter <\text{s}>.

The letter <e> at the end of else does not spell a sound.

So you can see four letters, but you can hear only three sounds.

3. First count the letters in each of the words below. Then count the sounds you hear in each one. Be careful: Sometimes two letters work together to spell just one sound. And sometimes a letter may not spell any sound at all, like the final ‘e’ in else. Fill in the blanks:

  How many letters? How many sounds?
above    
below    
always    
know    
seventy    
queen    
because    
before    
bridge    
knee    
would    
through    

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