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OR (for) Sound Word List

By Rodney Everson • Updated Jun 6th, 2023

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The /or/ sound has two spellings, or (corn) and ar (warm) in one-syllable words. The ar spelling of the /or/ sound always has a /w/ sound in front of it.

Although the /or/ sound is technically a combination of two sounds, the /oe/ sound in toe and the /r/ sound in run, but it is best to teach it as a single sound. Otherwise, in testing the vowel sounds, a child first trying the /o/ sound for the letter "o", as he should, will end up reading words like form as farm and cord as card when he first encounters them.

However, with words like shore and oar that have typical /oe/ spellings like "o-e" and "oa", children can be taught to blend the /oe/ sound and the /r/ sound without having to introduce multiple spellings of the /or/ sound.

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 49 of them are one-syllable words in which the vowel sound is /or/ spelled "or" or "ar".

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