ER (her) Sound Multisyllable Word List
The /er/ sound has five spellings including er (term), ir (bird), ur (burn), ear (learn), or (work) ar (dollar), and our (journey). In addition, err (deterrent), irr (stirrup) orr (worry) and urr (hurry) represent the /er/ sound in this curriculum. These word lists are arranged both by spelling and by the chunk that the spelling occurs. They can be a valuable resource for locating words to illustrate a certain pattern or to find words to practice reading that pattern.
Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 920 of them are multisyllable words containing the vowel sound /er/.
Note on the word divisions: Each word is divided into chunks determined by the unique and highly effective OnTrack Reading Multisyllable Method. The chunks are not syllables.
Although the OnTrack Reading curriculum emphasizes making a “perfect pronunciation” for spelling, most words ending in "or" and "ar" will be found on the list of /er/ spellings.
As noted above, this list contains the words in which the ending /er/ sound is spelled either "or" (e.g., tailor, major) or "ar" (e.g., dollar, solar). For spelling purposes, students should make a perfect pronunciation of such words, using the /ar/ and /or/ sounds when they think of spelling them, rather than just the /er/ sound. Words like wizard and stubborn should also be treated that way.