What are beginning consonant clusters?

Blends {and digraphs} are the foundation for consonant clusters. The most common beginning consonant clusters are: scr-, shr- spl-, spr-, squ-, str-, and thr-. And these can be very tricky for readers, especially struggling readers!

What is a blend worksheet?

A consonant blend is made up of two or more consonants next to each other in a word, where those combined consonants make a distinct sound, such as ‘fl’ in ‘flower’ or ‘br’ in ‘bread’. In these worksheets students circle each consonant blend that starts the pictured word.

What is an initial blend?

The initial consonant blend is a cluster of letters that makes a distinctive sound at the beginning of the word. Each letter in the word is pronounced individually, but in a way that they blend together flawlessly.

What are consonant clusters give examples?

In linguistics, a consonant cluster, consonant sequence or consonant compound, is a group of consonants which have no intervening vowel. In English, for example, the groups /spl/ and /ts/ are consonant clusters in the word splits.

How do you identify a consonant cluster?

This is not to be confused with a consonant digraph, where the two letters make one sound. In a consonant cluster, you can hear the two sounds as you say the consonants. Children tend to learn letter sounds first, then start combining them to read CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words such as hat, top, nag etc.

Is BL a cluster?

s-blends: sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, l-blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl. 3 letter blends: str, spr thr, chr, phr, shr. The consonant clusters thr, chr, phr, shr, are made up of a consonant digraph and a consonant.

What are the examples of blending words?


Blended word Root word 1 Root word 2
Breathalyzer breath analyzer
clash clap crash
docudrama documentary drama
electrocute electricity execute

Are CVC words?

What are CVC words? CVC words are consonant-vowel-consonant words. They are words like cat, zip, rug, and pen. The vowel sound is always short.

What is a 2 letter Blend?

The most common 2-letter consonant blends are: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, and tw. Here are some words with 2-letter consonant blends: Bl: blank, black, blue, blister, blight, blast. Fr: fried, French, frank, frolic, frigid.

What is a 3 letter Blend?

Three-Letter Consonant Blend Examples

Blend Shorter Words Longer Words
shr-blends shred, shrub, shrug shriek, shrimp, shrivel
spl-blends splat, splay, split splash, splendid, splinter
spr-blends spray, spree, sprig spread, spring, sprinkle
str-blends strap, stray, strip strange, street, struggle

Is spray a consonant cluster?

A consonant cluster therefore is groups of consonant in a syllable in word mp vowels between them e.g. pray, spread, spray, and group. Consonant clusters can occur at the three positions of words – initial, middle and end positions. Examples sleep, shrub, obtain, description, belt, bench.

What are types of consonant cluster?


  • s-clusters
  • l-clusters
  • 3 letter clusters
  • What are some examples of consonant clusters?


  • fragment
  • stammer
  • class
  • What is an example of a consonant blend?

    The consonants that make up a consonant blend cannot be separated by any vowels, and the effect is that the sound of each given consonant in the blend is produced but so quickly that the sounds combine and blend together in a smooth manner. Examples of consonant blends include the “bl” in blossom; the “tr” in track;

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