Continuing on with the six syllable types…
- Have a single vowel followed by an r.
- -ar, -er, -ir, -or, and –ur.
- The vowel before the vowel is neither long nor short.
If you have been teaching for a bit, you may have heard simple words with this syllable type as having a “bossy r.” This is because the r controls the vowel. R-controlled syllables can be part of multisyllabic words.
Some examples are:
ar: car, far, tar, star, car·pet, mar·ket
er: her, hy·per,
ir: firm, bird, dirt
or: born, torn, worn, for·get
ur: turn, churn, sur·vey
These words are often best taught together, and in context. For example, students need to know the meaning of fur versus fir.