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R Blends Words and Worksheets (5 Free Printables)

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Read all about r-blend words, words that include br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, & tr at the beginning of the word. Then grab five free worksheets to help firm up these more challenging beginning consonant blends to use with your students.

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What Are R-Blends?

R blends are consonant blends (or consonant clusters) that include the letter R as the second letter. R blends include:

  • br
  • cr
  • dr
  • fr
  • gr
  • pr
  • tr

πŸ‘Œ R-Blend examples: Words like brat, critter, drink, frog, grape, prize, and trip include beginning r-blends.

Why Teach R-Blends?

R-blend words are more tricky consonant blends because the position of the letter r in the word.

The /r/ sound is usually one of the later developing sounds in speech development, making these blends especially difficult for kids with speech delays.

Of all the beginning r-blends, dr and tr are the most difficult. Kids typically use invented spelling when writing words with these beginning blends.

So they required explicit instruction and lots of repeated practice using quality resources like our worksheets below.

Explicitly teaching r-blends will help students read many new words! We group the br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, and tr toegther because it uses a common feature (the letter r) to teach 7 new concepts.

As Anna Gillingham once said, “Move as quickly as you can, but as slowly as you must.”

Teaching blends in groups focused on similar features, like l-blends, s-blends, or r-blends, will help you move quickly and help students be successful.

Beginning Blend DR

The blend dr sounds a lot like the sound /jr/, like in the word drip.

Teachers need to be clear and explicitly teach that when kids hear a /jr/ at the beginning of the word, they should never write the letters jr.

This is not a consonant blend in English, and they will never see the letters jr at the beginning of a word. Instead, when kids hear /jr/ in a word, they need to write dr.

Beginning Blend TR

The blend tr sounds a lot like the digraph /ch/ + /r/ like in the word train.

Again, students need to be taught that when they hear the /ch/+ /r/ sound at the beginning of words, they should write the letters tr, not chr.

A completed r-blend worksheet with a student pointing and reading each r-blend word.

Using the Worksheets

These five worksheets are excellent resources to use when introducing and reinforcing r-blends in words.

All words included on the worksheets follow a typical structured literacy scope and sequence and include only after letters a-z, short vowels, and common digraphs.

πŸ’― This means that kids can be successful reading every single word while learning how to read and spell words with r-blends!

Why We Love It

All five worksheets focus on reading and spelling words with R-blends. They all provide intentional and targeted practice for learning r-blend words.

  • Build a Word: 3 worksheets which separate the onset (r-blend) and rime (vowel plus ending letters). Kids will read the onset, then the rime, and then read and rewrite the full word.
  • Write the R-Blend: Kids use the picture clues and read the rime to determine which r-blend to use to spell the correct word.
  • Read the R-Blend: A clear chart with 35 r-blend words sorted by r-blend. Kids will highlight and read the words to see and hear the similarities between words with the same r-blend.

Tips and More Resources

There are TONS of consonant blends in the English language. So if you are focused on teaching blends to your students, use these other great resources.

πŸ‘‰ Worksheets for Teaching L-blends
πŸ‘‰ Colorful Blends Anchor Chart
πŸ‘‰ Consonant Blend Read & Match Sentences
πŸ‘‰ BL and BR Worksheets
πŸ‘‰ Reusable Word Dictation Worksheets
πŸ‘‰ Multisensory Sound Boxes

Age Group: These worksheets are designed for first grade students, but can be used with older kids still struggling with beginning blends.

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