20 Consonant Blends in Spelling and Sounds

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When considering a spelling program and how to best help children learn the sounds of the English language, remember to choose words that help them understand all of the 44 sounds. Part of those 44 sounds include the "blends." Blends are 2 or 3 consonants combined to form a distinct sound such as: bl cl, fl, gl, pl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sk, sl, sp, st, sw, spr, cr, str.

These common words with blends are good to review and print for young learners.

Sound: bl like in blue
blue, black, blood, blew, blow, block, blob.

Sound: cl like in clap
clap, club, clay, cloud, climb, clown, class, close.

Sound: fl like in fly
flu, fly, flag, flat, flame, flood, flower, floor.

Sound: gl like in glad
glow, glad, globe, glide, glove, glass.

Sound: pl like in play
play, plan, plug, place, plate, plant, plane, plain.

Sound: br like in brown
brown, brow, broke, broom, break, brake, brag, bridge.

Sound: cr like in crow
cry, crow, crab, cried, crash, cross, crown, crack, crumb.

Sound: dr like in draw
draw, drink, drum, drop, dress, drank, drove, drive.

Sound: fr like in fry
fry, from, frog, front, fresh, fruit, Friday, free.

Sound: gr like in grow
grow, grab, grew, grade, grass, green, grape, grown.

Sound: pr like in blue
pray, prize, proud, price, proof, print, prove, price.

Sound: tr like in tree
tree, train, trust, trade, track, try, true, truck, trade, treat.

Sound: sk like in sky
sky, skip, ask, skin, skate, skill, skirt, task.

Sound: sl like in slip
slip, slide, slap, slow, slam, sleep, slept, slipper, slim.

Sound: sp like in spot
spot, spill, spare, spot, spa, spam, spoke, speak, speed, spoon.

Sound: st like in stop
stop, stay, stem, star, start, stuff, stood, store, storm, stick.

Sound: sw like in swing
swing, sweet, sweat, switch, swell, swallow, sweater.

Sound: spr like in spring
spring, spray, sprout, spread, sprout, spree.

Sound: scr like in scrap
scrap, screw, scrub, screen, scream, scratch, describe.

Sound: str like in string
string, strong, street, stretch, stroke, stripe, strange, struggle.

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