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Beginning 'R' Blends Clusters

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What are beginning R blend clusters? In this video we explore the concept of consonant blends in the beginning of a word, and what happens when one of those consonants is the letter R!

When trying to figure out a consonant blend with the letter R in it; start by sounding out the first letter, then sound out the next letter. Finally, blend the two letters together by saying the two sounds faster and faster. The sound of the two letters is the new blend!

Want more consonant blends R cluster practice? Take a look at the interactive activities and worksheets that follow this video.

Transcript Beginning 'R' Blends Clusters

It looks like Dee is having a SWEET dream. He's mixing different ice cream together to make milkshakes for a stand! Each flavor has its own taste, but when mixed together make a new one... like consonant blends! Let's learn about Beginning Blend Clusters. You might already know that consonants are letters that aren’t vowels... and that blend is when you mix things together. But, did you know that you can blend letters together? When you blend two consonants together, you hear the sound that each letter makes. Today we will look at blends in the beginning of a word that have the letter in them. When figuring out consonant blends with the letter ... Start by sounding out the first letter. Here the first letter is which makes /g/. Next, add the sound makes! makes the /r/ sound. Finally, say the two sounds together to figure out the blend! /g/ and /r/ blended together make the /gr/ sound. Like in the words grew or grass. Let's help Dee BLEND some letters and milkshakes! His first milkshake blends chocolate and raspberry together. And has the letters and on it! What sound do and make when blended together? Start by sounding out the first letter. What sound does the letter make? makes the /c/ sound. Next, add the sound the letter makes! makes the /r/ sound. Then, BLEND the two sounds together. and blended together make /cr/! Like in the words crab or crayon. I wonder what Dee will blend together next? It looks like he is blending dates and raspberry ice cream! And the scoops have the letters and on them! What sound do the letters and make when they are BLENDED together? Remember to start by sounding out the first letter. The letter makes the /d/ sound. Next, add the sound the letter makes! What sound does make? (...) makes the /r/ sound. Finally, say the two sounds together to figure out the blend! and make the /dr/ sound when blended together! Like in the words drum or drip. It seems that Dee is mixing one last milkshake of blueberry and raspberry together. Which have the letters and on it. What do the letters and make when BLENDED together? Remember to start by sounding out the first letter (...) Next, add the sound the letter makes! (...) Then, BLEND the two sounds together. (...) Did you also get the sound /br/? Before we wake Dee up, let's review. Today we learned about consonant blends... that have the letter in them! To identify or find the blend... Start with the first letter and find the sound that it makes. Next, add the sound the letter makes. Then, BLEND and say the two sounds together! Now, is Dee awake yet? : "Kala, I dreamt that we opened a milkshake stand!" : "Oh, that sounds nice, Dee!" : "Wait a second..."

Beginning 'R' Blends Clusters exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Beginning 'R' Blends Clusters.
  • Can you find the adjacent consonants?

    Hints

    Remember, adjacent means next to each other and consonants are all of the letters in the alphabet that are not vowels.

    Here, the consonants can be seen in green.

    Here are some words with adjacent consonants in them:

    • grass
    • crab
    • drip
    Solution

    The adjacent consonants are:

    • cr
    • dr
    • gr
    These are not adjacent consonants:

    • ad - a is a vowel.
    • co - o is a vowel.
  • Which words have adjacent consonants?

    Hints

    Find the letter r in each word and then look to see if there is a consonant next to it.

    Remember, the consonants can be seen here in green.

    There are four words with adjacent consonants and two words without.

    Solution

    Drink, crush, brush and pram all have adjacent consonants in them.

    • dr, cr, br and pr are all adjacent consonant pairs containing the letter r.
    Run and road do not have adjacent consonants in them.

  • Can you match the pictures with the words?

    Hints

    Start by sounding out the first letter.

    Next, add the sound the letter r makes.

    Finally, say the two sounds together to work out the blend and then read the rest of the word.

    Listen to all five words being said, one of them does not have a matching picture.

    brick, frog, brew, drill, cross

    Solution

    Here we can see the matching words and pictures.

  • Can you complete the sentences?

    Hints

    Start by reading the first sound and then add the sound the letter r makes.

    Blend these sounds together then read the rest of the word.

    Look out for digraphs and split digraphs.

    Listen to the sentence as many times as you like.

    Solution

    The sentences are:

    • Kala was happy and had a big grin.
    • My dog had a groom.
    • I won a prize.
    • We went on a train.
  • Which words have adjacent consonants?

    Hints

    Read each word carefully. Does it have an r in it?

    If it does have an r, is there another consonant next to it?

    Remember, the consonants are the letters seen in green here.

    There are three words with adjacent consonants in them.

    Solution

    The words with adjacent consonants are:

    • drop
    • bring
    • gram
    Cot, put and rib do not have adjacent consonants in them.

  • Can you spell the words?

    Hints

    Listen carefully to each word. They all start with adjacent consonants.

    r is the second letter in each word. Listen carefully for the first sound and then spell the rest of the word.

    Here are some letters placed correctly to help you:

    1. tr_ _ _
    2. _ru_ _
    3. _r_n_
    4. gr_p_ _
    Solution

    The correct spellings are:

    • trick
    • trust
    • print
    • grapes