Spelling - Syllables, consonants, vowels: Activity 1

Vowel and consonant sequences

Here are five patterns of vowel (V) and consonant (C) sound sequences in words with one syllable.

  • CV: go, though
  • VC: up, inn
  • CVC: ban, mine
  • CCV: slow, true
  • CVCC: mint, mined


  1. Match each of the words below to one of the five pattern groups.
  2. In each pattern group, look at the numbers of letters in the words compared to the numbers of sounds. What do you notice?
  • bask, do, cone, play, tough
  • off, pin, least, through, lie
  • fly, shows, timed, us, they


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