# The Soft C— Let's Practice!

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The Soft C— Let's Practice!
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.E

## Basics on the topicThe Soft C— Let's Practice!

Join Goopaw as we practice identifying more soft C sounds!

### TranscriptThe Soft C— Let's Practice!

Goopaw says get ready to practice identifying "The Soft C". Remember, C will say /s/ when it is followed by an E, I or a Y. When it is followed by any other letter it will make the harder /k/ sound. Let's try sorting words with hard and soft C sounds. Here is the first word: celery. Does it have a hard or soft C? It has a soft C since it is followed by the letter e which makes it say /s/, celery. Here is another word: pencil. Does it have a hard or soft C? It has a soft C since it is followed by the letter I which makes it say /s/, pencil. Here is the next word: corn. Does it have a hard or soft C? It has a hard C since it is not followed by an E, I, or Y. It is followed by an O, so it says /k/, corn. Try this word: bouncy. Does it have a hard or soft C? It has a soft C since it is followed by the letter Y which makes it say /s/, bouncy. Here's the last word: call. Does it have a hard or soft C? It has a hard C since it is not followed by an E, I, or Y. It is followed by an A, so it says /k/, call. Goopaw had so much fun practicing with you today! See you next time!

## The Soft C— Let's Practice! exercise

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• ### When does the letter 'c' make a soft sound and when does it make a hard sound in a word?

Hints

Sound out the words ice, city, and cent.

When you see C followed by E, I, or Y, think of the snake's hiss, and you'll know it makes the soft sound!

Solution

If after c there is an e, i or y it makes a soft sound, otherwise it makes a hard sound.

For example, in words like city, ice, and cent, the letter c makes a soft sound.

For instance, in words like cat, cup, cold, and crisp, the letter c makes a hard sound.

• ### Does the word have a hard or soft 'c'?

Hints

If the letter C is followed by the letters E, I, or Y, it usually makes a soft sound like the letter S (/s/).

Does the C make a hard sound like in the word cup?

Solution

Words with hard c are:

• car
• cup
• cat
Words with soft c are:

• cell
• city
• ceiling
• ### Does the word have hard or soft 'c'?

Hints

When C is followed by the letters E, I, or Y, it makes the soft sound like a snake's hiss (/s/).

Like in the word cell, C makes the soft sound.

If C sounds like a kick (/k/), it's a hard C sound.

Like in the word club, C makes the hard sound.

Solution

Words that have the hard c are: cold, carrot, clock.

Words that have the soft c are: ice, cent, rice.

• ### Does the word have a hard or soft 'c'?

Hints

When C is followed by E, I, or Y, it usually makes the soft /s/ sound.

For all other letters that follow C, it usually makes the hard /k/ sound.

Solution

Words with hard c are:

• cupcake
• carrot
• clown
• cone
Words with soft c are:

• nice
• spicy
• race
• place
• ### Does it have a hard or soft 'c'?

Hints

When the letter C is followed by E, I, or Y, it sounds like /s/, as in the word cement.

For all other letters that follow C, it sounds like /k/, as in the words cat and clock.

Solution

Words with the soft c sound are:

• science
• mice

Words with the hard c sound are:

• cone
• cow
• ### Does it have a hard or soft 'c'?

Hints

When trying to determine if the letter C makes a soft (/s/) or hard (/k/) sound, think about the vowels or consonants that immediately follow it.

Remember that the letter C typically makes a soft (/s/) sound when followed by E, I, or Y, while it makes a hard (/k/) sound when followed by other letters.

Solution

Words with the soft c sound are:

• precise
• solace
• century
Words with the hard c sound are:

• chronic
• comply
• climb