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The Letter R

The-Letter-RThe letter r makes the sound heard in the words red, run and very; this is the only sound it makes. This consonant sound ranks in the very common category along with its counterparts the letter n and t. The combination of the letters r and h results in a silent h, only the r is heard, e.g., rhinoceros and rhythm.

The letter r can modify vowels. When a vowel precedes the letter r, the vowel may sound different than it otherwise would. We like to refer to this as the bossy R. The table below illustrates the differences.

Bossy R Typically Vowel Sounds
car cab, can, cap, cash & cat
fern fell, fend, fleck & fled
fir fib, fig, fill, fit, fin & finch
corn cob, cod, cop & cot
purse puff, pug, pump, pun & punt

Letter R Worksheets

Letter-R-Worksheet-1We created worksheets to help your child practice forming the letter r correctly. Ideally, letters should be formed from top to bottom and left to right with a continuous stroke when possible. The uppercase R is formed as follows: down, lift, around and slant right. The lowercase r is formed as follows: down, up and over.

Letter R Worksheet 1
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter r.

Letter R Worksheet 2
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the uppercase letter r. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the uppercase letter r.

Letter R Worksheet 3
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the lowercase letter r. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the lowercase letter r.

Letter R Worksheet 4
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter r.

Letter R Worksheet 5
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter r.

Letter R Worksheet 6
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter r. We also included a fun game – circle the items that begin with the letter r.

Words with the Letter R

The table below contains a list of words with the letter r. We also indicate the location of the /r/ sound – beginning (initial), middle (medial) or ending (final). Our list contains 310 words; please use our search feature to narrow results.

Letter R Words
Sound
afterfinal
armmedial
aroundmedial
artmedial
barfinal
bardmedial
barefinal
bargemedial
barkmedial
barnmedial
bearfinal
beerfinal
bermmedial
birdfinal
birthmedial
blarefinal
blurfinal
blurtmedial
boorfinal
borefinal
bornmedial
burlapmedial
burlymedial
burnmedial
burpmedial
carfinal
cardmedial
carefinal
carpmedial
carpetmedial
carrotmedial
carrymedial
cartmedial
chairfinal
charfinal
chargemedial
charmmedial
chartmedial
chordmedial
chorefinal
churchmedial
churnmedial
circusmedial
Clarkmedial
clearfinal
clerkmedial
cordmedial
corefinal
corkmedial
cornmedial
curbfinal
curefinal
curlmedial
cursemedial
curtmedial
darefinal
darkmedial
darnmedial
dartmedial
dearfinal
deerfinal
dirtmedial
dormmedial
fairfinal
farfinal
farefinal
farmmedial
fatherfinal
fearfinal
fernmedial
firfinal
firefinal
firmmedial
firstmedial
flairfinal
flarefinal
flirtmedial
forfinal
fordmedial
forefinal
forkmedial
formmedial
fortmedial
furfinal
furlmedial
gearfinal
germmedial
girlfinal
girthmedial
glarefinal
gorefinal
gorillamedial
guardmedial
hairfinal
hardmedial
harefinal
harkmedial
harmmedial
heartmedial
herfinal
hirefinal
hornmedial
hurlmedial
hurtmedial
jarfinal
jeerfinal
krillmedial
lairfinal
lardmedial
largemedial
larkmedial
leerfinal
lordmedial
lurefinal
marefinal
markmedial
Marsmedial
marshfinal
martmedial
mergemedial
mirthmedial
moorfinal
morefinal
morningmedial
motherfinal
motorfinal
nearfinal
nervemedial
normmedial
nursemedial
otherfinal
ourfinal
overfinal
pairfinal
parfinal
parefinal
parkmedial
partmedial
pearfinal
peerfinal
poorfinal
porchmedial
porefinal
porkmedial
portmedial
purefinal
purrfinal
pursemedial
quirkmedial
rabbitinitial
raccooninitial
raceinitial
rackinitial
radioinitial
radishinitial
railroadinitial
raininitial
rainbowinitial
raincoatinitial
raisininitial
rakeinitial
rarefinal
raspberryinitial
ratinitial
rattleinitial
rattlesnakeinitial
rawinitial
rayinitial
reachinitial
readinitial
readyinitial
realinitial
rearfinal
reasoninitial
rectangleinitial
redinitial
refereeinitial
refrigeratorinitial
rememberinitial
rentinitial
replyinitial
reportinitial
reptileinitial
rescueinitial
restinitial
returninitial
ribboninitial
riceinitial
richinitial
riddleinitial
rideinitial
rightinitial
ringinitial
ripinitial
riseinitial
riverinitial
roadinitial
roarinitial
robinitial
robininitial
robotinitial
rockinitial
rocketinitial
rocking chairinitial
rollinitial
roofinitial
roominitial
roosterinitial
ropeinitial
roseinitial
roughinitial
roundinitial
rowinitial
rowboatinitial
rubinitial
rubberinitial
rubber bandinitial
ruginitial
ruleinitial
rulerinitial
runinitial
scarfinal
scarefinal
scorchmedial
scorefinal
scornmedial
searfinal
searchmedial
sergemedial
servemedial
shardmedial
sharefinal
sharkmedial
shearfinal
shirkmedial
shirtmedial
shorefinal
shornmedial
shortmedial
sirfinal
skirtmedial
slurfinal
smartmedial
smearfinal
smirkmedial
snarefinal
sneerfinal
snorefinal
snortmedial
sorefinal
sortmedial
sparfinal
sparefinal
sparkmedial
spearfinal
spirefinal
sporefinal
sportmedial
spurfinal
spurnmedial
spurtmedial
squarefinal
squirtmedial
stairfinal
starfinal
starefinal
starkmedial
startmedial
steerfinal
sternmedial
stirfinal
storefinal
storkmedial
stormmedial
storymedial
surefinal
swearfinal
swervemedial
swordmedial
sworefinal
swornmedial
tarfinal
tartmedial
tearfinal
termmedial
theirfinal
thirdfinal
thornmedial
tirefinal
torchmedial
torefinal
tornmedial
turnmedial
verbmedial
vergemedial
versemedial
verymedial
warefinal
waterfinal
wearfinal
whirfinal
wirefinal
wordmedial
worefinal
wornmedial
yardmedial
yarnmedial
yearfinal
Yorkmedial
yourfinal

1 comment… add one

  • To Whom It May Concern:

    I want to thank you for the free printable worksheets, activities, and resources you offer. They help my students build their skills and understanding.

    I thought you should know there is a typo with one of the letter R worksheets; Letter R Worksheet #6. The part where a child is to circle the items that begin with the letter r reads the letter s, instead.

    Thanks, again, and keep up the good work!

    Reply

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