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Silent Letters Word Sort - Cut and Paste Worksheets

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 4 pages | Grades: 2

Identify silent letters in words with this set of four cut-and-paste worksheets.

Seeking Out Sneaky Silent Letters!

Silent letters are everywhere in the English language. These “imposter letters” jump along for the ride but don’t make a sound in the words they are tagging along with!

Encourage your students to become silent letter detectors with this set of four cut-and-paste worksheets. Each worksheet contains ten words for students to cut out and sort according to the letter that is silent in the word. The silent letters explored in this worksheet pack are as follows:

  • Worksheet 1 focuses on the silent letters w and b.
  • Worksheet 2 focuses on the silent letters h and k.
  • Worksheet 3 focuses on the silent letters l and n.
  • Worksheet 4 focuses on the silent letters g and t.

After they have sorted the words, students choose one word containing each silent letter to use in a sentence.

Tips for Scaffolding and Differentiation

Check out these suggestions for providing additional support or extension to your diverse range of learners.

For students who may be having trouble identifying the silent letters in the words, help them count and map the phonemes in the word. How many sounds can they hear? Which letter in the word is not making any of those sounds?

Encourage fast finishers to add additional words of their own choosing to each column.

Plan for Ghost Letter Lessons Ahead of Time

In addition to independent student work time, use this set of worksheets for:

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This resource was created by Anna Helwig, a teacher in Arizona and a Teach Starter collaborator.


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