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Spelling:  Unstressed Vowels 01
The 'e' in 'carpet' sounds exactly the same as the 'a' in 'zebra'.

Spelling: Unstressed Vowels 01

Get ready for a KS2 English spelling quiz all about unstressed vowels! These are sneaky letters that are hard to hear in words, especially in long ones. In polysyllabic words (words with more than one syllable), some syllables get more stress than others. Unstressed syllables all sound the same, like the 'e' in 'the', the 'e' in 'carpet' and the 'a' in 'zebra'. They all sound identical. Reading a lot can help you remember how words are spelled, so let's have fun practising!

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1.
Not the same as something else.
Diffrent
Different
Diffirent
Differint
'To differ' means 'to disagree', which might be easier to remember - add '-ent' for 'different' or '-ence' for 'difference'.
2.
Another word for essential.
Necessary
Necissery
Necessery
Necissary
Water is essential, or necessary, for life.
3.
A spoken or written account of something or someone.
Descreption
Descripshun
Description
Discription
Remember that 'description' comes from 'describe' - both share a 'de-' prefix.
4.
The refusal to go along with something.
Resistance
Resistence
Risistence
Risistance
The endings, '-ance' and '-ence', can be tricky to remember.
5.
A book or other resource in which you can find words and their meanings arranged alphabetically.
Dictioniry
Dicshunery
Dictionery
Dictionary
A dictionary is a very handy thing to own.
6.
To think of something from the past, or something which had been forgotten.
Rumember
Remembir
Remember
Rember
Thinking of 're-' and 'member' can help you remember.
7.
Something that is by itself; not joined with anything.
Seperate
Sepiret
Sepirete
Separate
Some people like to remember that there is 'a rat' in 'separate'.
8.
Something which shows the days, weeks and months of a year.
Calinder
Calendar
Calindar
Calendir
You might think it should be 'calender' but it's not!
9.
A feeling of wanting to know about something; also, to your own advantage - it will be in your own ____.
intirust
inturist
interest
intrest
If you can remember the two 'e's in 'interest', you'll also be able to spell 'interesting' and 'interested'.
10.
A room or a building in which books are kept; a place where books can be borrowed.
Libury
Libry
Liberry
Library
A librarian works in a library.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Silent letters and unstressed vowels

Author:  Sheri Smith

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