Spelling:  Graphemes
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Spelling: Graphemes

A grapheme is a written representation of a phoneme, for example: 'f', ''ph' and 'gh' (as in 'fat', 'photo' and 'tough') represent the same sound 'f'. Don't forget: a grapheme can only represent a single sound; otherwise, it is not a grapheme. Also, some phonemes can be represented by different graphemes, for example: the 'k' sound can be written with 'c', 'k' and 'ck'; the 'ee' can be be written with 'ee', 'ea', 'ie', 'ei', 'e' and 'ee'. Wow!

It might help if you say the words out loud. Have a go at this quiz and see how good you are at spotting graphemes. Good luck!

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1.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Drought
drough
ough
ought
drought
The 'ow' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ough'
2.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Rabbit
ra
it
rab
bb
The 'b' sound is represented by the grapheme 'bb'
3.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Journey
jour
our
journ
urney
The 'ur' sound is represented by the grapheme 'our'
4.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Knock
nock
kno
kn
ock
The 'n' sound is represented by the grapheme 'kn'
5.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Mosquito
mos
os
ito
qu
The 'k' sound is represented by the grapheme 'qu'
6.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Leaf
le
lea
leaf
ea
The 'ee' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ea'
7.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Ocean
ce
oce
cean
ean
The 'sh' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ce'
8.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
School
ch
schoo
ool
scho
The 'k' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ch'
9.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Through
ough
Thr
Throu
Through
The 'oo' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ough'
10.
Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Caterpillar
cat
c
pillar
erpill
The 'k' sound is represented by the grapheme 'c'
Author:  Frank Evans

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