KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with nu... (Questions)

Nurture your spelling by playing this KS3 quiz on words beginning at nu.

"Find out what your gift is and nurture it." - Katy Perry

Some languages, such as Italian and Welsh, are phonetic. This means that when you read the language aloud, you have a reasonable chance of pronouncing words correctly because the correspondence between each grapheme (a single letter or combination of letters) and the sound it makes is regular. Phonetic languages are not especially difficult to spell, since words are written exactly as they sound.

English is not like these languages. For instance, how many different ways can the -e- sound in a word like "tree" be written? There are at least five graphemes for this sound: e, ea, ee, ey and y.

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So in order to become good at spelling, memory must be involved. If you consider the word "nurture", for example, how would you guess it might be spelled, if you had never seen the word? Pronounce it aloud, listening carefully, and you should hear a -ch- sound. In English, this sound can occur when the letter combination -tu- follows an r. Without a good visual memory, or deliberate practice spelling the word, "nurture" could remain a mystery. If you know that your visual memory is not as strong as it might be, it makes sense to practise spellings writing words by hand and by typing to encourage muscle memory.

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1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
[ ] nutrient
[ ] nuttrient
[ ] nuttriant
[ ] nutriant
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The organic process by which an organism assimilates food
[ ] nuttritian
[ ] nutrition
[ ] nuttrition
[ ] nutritian
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale
[ ] oktave
[ ] ocktave
[ ] octive
[ ] octave
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The creation of a word from a sound it represents
[ ] onamatopoeia
[ ] onomatopoeia
[ ] onimatopoeia
[ ] onumatopoeia
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments
[ ] orchestera
[ ] orchestrer
[ ] orchestra
[ ] orchesture
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
'O-------- score'
[ ] orchestreral
[ ] orchesteral
[ ] orchestural
[ ] orchestral
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A discrete and complete living thing, such as animal, plant, fungus or micro-o_________
[ ] organeism
[ ] orgaenism
[ ] organism
[ ] orginism
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
First in a series of copies/versions
[ ] original
[ ] origienal
[ ] origional
[ ] origanal
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
[ ] ostenato
[ ] ostienato
[ ] ostanato
[ ] ostinato
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Data sent out of the computer to a device such as a monitor or printer
[ ] outtput
[ ] outputt
[ ] outtputt
[ ] output
KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with nu... (Answers)
1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
[x] nutrient
[ ] nuttrient
[ ] nuttriant
[ ] nutriant
The e of the unstressed final syllable is an important letter to remember here
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The organic process by which an organism assimilates food
[ ] nuttritian
[x] nutrition
[ ] nuttrition
[ ] nutritian
"Nutrition" and "nutrient" are related
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale
[ ] oktave
[ ] ocktave
[ ] octive
[x] octave
Not -ive, but -ave!
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The creation of a word from a sound it represents
[ ] onamatopoeia
[x] onomatopoeia
[ ] onimatopoeia
[ ] onumatopoeia
The -oeia- letter combination is especially difficult and will need to be memorised
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments
[ ] orchestera
[ ] orchestrer
[x] orchestra
[ ] orchesture
The k sound is recorded here with the digraph -ch-
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
'O-------- score'
[ ] orchestreral
[ ] orchesteral
[ ] orchestural
[x] orchestral
Just add an l to "orchestra"
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A discrete and complete living thing, such as animal, plant, fungus or micro-o_________
[ ] organeism
[ ] orgaenism
[x] organism
[ ] orginism
"Organism" is related to the words "organ" and "organic"
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
First in a series of copies/versions
[x] original
[ ] origienal
[ ] origional
[ ] origanal
"Origin" + -al = "original"
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
[ ] ostenato
[ ] ostienato
[ ] ostanato
[x] ostinato
This word, being Italian, is pronounced exactly as it appears, making it easier to spell
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Data sent out of the computer to a device such as a monitor or printer
[ ] outtput
[ ] outputt
[ ] outtputt
[x] output
Add the prefix out- to "put"