Bossy R

This is one section of a Phonics Kit that you can create. Many of the resources are provided by the websites below for personal or classroom use. See the full post for more resources!

Bossy R – ER, IR, UR, AR, OR

An R behind any vowel changes the sound. ER, IR, and UR all have the same sound.

Note that Silent e wins sometimes: words with -are can say long a, Examples: care, share, flare. -ire can say long i, Examples: fire, tire, wire.

But notice that OR wins: adore, bore, shore, snore & UR wins: nature, picture, treasure.

An e before ar can have many different sounds: long e (hear), “er”(learn), “air” (pear), & “ar” (heart)

WATCH Bossy R (1:50) Kids vs Phonics: ER (1:53), AR (1:56) , OR (1:31), ER, IR, UR from Nessy (1:12), ER, IR, UR song (1:15)

SORT Bossy R flashcards from Lanternfish ESL, Sort Mat: Bossy R Handout from

Bossy R Sort from schoolisahappyplace


I added a door to mine







Bossy R Poster and activities from carlscorner

Bossy R Posters from

Bossy R picture cards from (4/page)

Thisreadingmama activities

READ Bossy R sentences from and r-controlled vowels Fluency Passages from razzledazzleclassroom

READ Book: “Bert’s Super Circus” by Lisa Charlesworth (Scholastic Phonics Tales)

PLAY Printable Go Fish game from themeasuredmom (6 pages, 9 per page, color)

Please note that many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Puffin browser.

PLAY Online Games: R controlled words at Starfall, R control race at Mr Nussbaum, BBC Sandcastle game, and a Game from PBS

Teach reading skills using hands-on, fun activities: memorable introductions to patterns with fun rhymes, 16 games,  24 worksheets, 11 word sorts and more. Learn more about the Phonics Toolkit and get your copy today!

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