Spelling Lesson 6 (ar)

Follow the steps below to teach the spelling ‘ar’.

Step 1: Revision

Revise the basic sounds and the tricky words ‘I’, ‘the’, ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘me’, ‘we’, ‘be’, ‘was’, ‘to’ and ‘do’. Flashcards may be used for this.

Step 2: Main Point

Revise the ‘ar’ spelling of the /ar/ sound.

Fun action for ‘ar’: Let children pretend to be patient visiting a doctor. They have to open their mouths and say ‘ah’.

Afterwards, with the children, make a list of regular words which use /ar/. Then, let the children make simple sentences with each of these words orally. The words can be written down onto a big star shape, given in worksheet 6.1, which might then be used as a word bank for display and attached to the class notice board.

Examples: bar, far, jar

Step 3: Spelling Sheet 6

Using the spelling sheet 6, children write inside the outlined 'ar', using the correct letter formation. Then, in each box given in worksheet 6.2, they write an ‘ar’ word and draw a picture for that word. Afterwards the children can be asked to colour the sheet.

Step 4: Dictation

As with the other lessons, read aloud the words and sentences and ask the children to write them down. Refer to the dictation list given below for the words and sentences. Read at an optimal pace, so as to allow for effective listening. Tell the children that the /k/ sound at the end of ‘park’ and ‘shark’ is a ‘kicking’ /k/. Later they will learn rules to help them choose between ‘c’, ‘k’ and ‘ck’.

Step 5: Spelling List

Read the spelling words with the children slowly. As a class, say aloud the sounds in the regular words, and say the letter names for the tricky words ‘are’ and ‘all’. Point out to the children that ‘are’ is only tricky because they must remember to put the ‘e’ on the end. The longer word ‘farmyard’ has two syllables and can be remembered as ‘farm’ and ‘yard’ for spelling.

Dictation (words)

  • car
  • jar
  • part
  • start
  • shark
  • march

Dictation (sentences)

  • She has a red car.
  • I ran to the park.
  • A shark has sharp teeth.

Spelling List

  • at
  • yes
  • slug
  • arm
  • hard
  • scarf
  • card
  • are
  • all
  • farmyard
Spelling Sheet 6 'ar'
Worksheet 6.1 ‘ar’
Worksheet 6.2 ‘ar’

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