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The different sounds of OW

In this lesson we started by exploring the two different sounds that O and W make together. We began the lesson by writing down on the board examples of words with OW in them and then saying them aloud to see if the students could pick between the two different sounds.  The teacher then explained the phonics rules for the OW sounds to the class. When the OW is in the middle of the word (crowd) the sound is almost always the “ow” sound. However, when the OW is at the end of the word the sound is a long “o” most of the time (show) but sometimes it is the “ow” sound (how).  A perfect example of the two sounds is the word “grow” changed to the word “growl”.

OW bingo!

Next the class played a game of “OW” bingo! They divided a piece of paper into nine squares and wrote a different OW word in each square.   The teacher then randomly called out from the list of OW words. The aim of the game was to check that the students were able to hear the word and recognise them on their bingo cards. Assistance was given to the younger students both to write down and find the words once they were called out.

The Lorax and the environment

The book of the week was the much loved fable The Lorax by Dr Suess. This is a cautionary tale of a character called the Lorax who spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the natural world. The class discussed ways they we can help our environment and what is means to recycle, as well as what happens when the land is poisoned and when we remove too many trees.  Discussion was had about the negative impacts of development on the environment and ways that we can help keep their land green.

Finding the OW sounds in the Lorax

The class then listened to The Lorax and were invited to draw a picture in their notebooks as they listened to aid with comprehension.   The story was paused often to discuss elements of characterisation and to make predictions on what could happen next.  Students discussed particular characters such as the Once-ler and if they felt he was doing a good thing or a bad thing and the Lorax and his concern for the destruction of the environment.

The students looked for the OW sounds in the first section of the book and watched a small clip of the movie version of the Lorax to further assist with their comprehension of the story.

Lastly the students were asked to write either a sentence or a short story based on their age and ability. The younger students were encouraged to choose one of their OW words and create a sentence using the word. The other students were guided to write about what happened in The Lorax and underline any “OW” words they used.  You can see some of their marvelous work in the pictures below!

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Words with the ow sound 

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One Way to Use this Poster:

  1. Students sit in pairs.
  2. Teacher introduces the ow sound poster on the website and models the onset and rime.
  3. Teacher models giving clues for the students to guess e.g. ‘A female pig _______ ‘, ‘The noise a cat makes _______’. 
  4. Students guess the word and spell it to their partner. 

Another Possible to Use this Poster:

  1. Complete a running record or a student.
  2. If the ow sound sound appears to be a sound the student needs knowledge on, go to https://phonics-teaching. com and find & print the ow words poster.
  3. Explore the poster together.
  4. Practice decoding the words with the ow sound.
  5. Place the poster in a loose leaf folder to create a book or personal sounds the student needs to work on. 

Yet Another Way You Might Like to Use this Poster

  • Recorded reading – students record themselves reading the word lists (phone, tablet, PC) and listen to themselves reading the words back. Ask them to identify words they need to practice and what they perceive to be the problem. How will we fix that problem?

Where to Next?

How about some FREE Lowercase Letters Posters or a CVC Phonics Game

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Words «oh» morphological and phonetic analysis

Explanation of the rules for dividing (breaking down) the word «oh» into syllables for transfer.
The Soosle.ru online dictionary will help: to parse the word “ oh ” phonetically and morphologically by composition, correctly divide it into syllables according to the rules of the Russian language, highlight parts of the word, put stress, indicate the meaning, synonyms, antonyms and compatibility for the word “ oh «.

Word oh by syllables


  • 1 How to transfer the word “oh”
  • 2 synonyms of the word “oh”
  • 3 stress in the word “oh”
  • 4 phonetic transcription of the word “oh”
  • 5 phonetic analysis of the word “oh” for letters and sounds ( Sound-letter)
  • 6 Sentences with the word «oh»
  • 7 Meaning of the word «oh»
  • 8 How to spell the word «oh»
  • 9 Associations to the word «oh»

How to transfer the word «oh»

oh — words of 3 letters or less are not hyphenated

Synonyms of the word «oh»

1. ёprst

2. oh

Stress in the word «oh»

oh — the stress falls on a syllable with a single vowel in the word

Phonetic trance Cription of the word «oh»

[` oh’]

Phonetic analysis of the word «oh» into letters and sounds (Sound-letter)

Letter Sound Sound characteristics Color
about [`o] vowel, stressed about
and [y’] consonant, voiced unpaired (sonor), soft and

Number of letters and sounds:
Based on the analysis made, we conclude that the word has 2 letters and 2 sounds.
Letters: 1 vowel, 1 consonant.
Sounds: 1 vowel, 1 consonant.

Sentences with the word «oh»

Oh , damn it! Whoops. .. bang!!!

Source: A. S. Shmat, Beissel, 2011.

Oh , look what it flies in the sky.

Source: IS Kolesnikova, Unforgettable holiday for children. Best scenarios, entertainment, games, 2011.

SNOW MAIDEN: Oh , how many guys!

Source: IS Kolesnikova, Unforgettable holiday for children. Best scenarios, entertainment, games, 2011.

The meaning of the word «oh»

OH, intl. Often pronounced with repetition (oh-oh and oh-oh-oh). 1. Expresses pain, fear, fear, etc. (Small academic dictionary, MAC)

How to spell the word «oh»

Spelling of the word «oh»
Spelling of the word «oh»

Correct word is written:

Numbering of letters in the word
Numbers of letters in the word «oh» in forward and reverse order:

    Associations to the word «oh»

    • Mommy

    • Uncle

    • Father

    • Pancake

    • Manya

    • Son

    • Baby

    • Drop

    • Yak

    • Daddy

    • Charm

    • Galya

    • Fuck

    • Tanya

    • Katka

    • Goshka

    • Marusya

    • Ladoshka

    • Mother

    • Julia

    • Granny

    • Dura

    • Masha

    • Lelya

    • Hermione

    • Masha

    • Lenka

    • Sonya

    • Valya

    • Lad

    • Julia

    • Lenochka

    • Hands

    • Darling

    • Chic

    • Dasha

    • Andryusha

    • Cat

    • Brother

    • Daria

    • Luba

    • Stasik

    • cute

    • Dear

    • Shitty

    • Mix

    • Squeak

    • Splash

    • catch on

    • Wail

    • scream

    • scream

    • alarm

    • screech

    • Chatter

    • Sorry

    • squeal

    • exclaim

    • Forgive

    • moan

    • exclaim

    • Shriek

    • Wave

    • fuss

    • rejoice

    • Round off

    • brush off

    • admire

    • cut yourself off

    • Clap

    • Poop

    • Ouch

    • Cunning

    • giggle

    • embarrassed

    • coo

    • scream

    • die

    • Wrinkle

    • Die

    • Grab

    • Blush

    • sob

    • upset

    • vomit

    • Not easy

    • Khudo

    • Right now

    • Not for nothing

    • Tasty

    • hurts

    • Fake

    • Frightened

    • Likho

    • Nauseous

    • Not good

    • Healthy

    • Enthusiastic


    Popular words

    , conversations
    who ran up
    , scrape
    , which etched
    , Vyacheslav
    , hemolysis
    , gennadievichi
    , tunic
    , housekeeping
    , vibrate
    , screwed
    , peacock
    , parabellums
    , enumerated
    , poster
    , submitting
    , fly up
    , undergrowth
    , the most positive
    , pom-poms
    , hunted
    , Prague
    , absenteeism
    , clear your throat
    , gas masks
    , deployed
    , section
    , untwisted
    , bite through
    , I will terminate
    , reserved
    , reorganized
    , responsor
    , sylvaner
    , salt

    Lesson 21: Intonation construction IK-5

    Lesson 21: Intonation construction IK-5

    Lesson 21: Intonation construction IK-5

    IC-5 has two centers:
    center — on the stressed syllable of the word to which the feature or degree of its expression refers.


    1. in evaluative sentences with and without pronominal words when expressing a high degree of manifestation of a sign, action, state,
      at the same time, we give a neutral assessment — it can be both positive and negative

    2. IK-5 can also be used in sentences consisting of one polysyllabic word (only when the stress does not fall
      on the first syllable):

      W5great! 5 Disgusting! Remarkably!

    3. expression of will to reinforce the meaning of desire, regret:

    4. when expressing dissatisfaction, indignation, impatience, annoyance in sentences with interrogative words:


    Exercise 21.


    Listen and repeat:

    What a day today!

    What a beautiful day today!

    What a disgusting day today!

    What an actor!

    What a talented actor!

    What a terrible actor!

    What a book!

    What an interesting book!

    What a boring book!

    Exercise 21.2


    What a thick book! What a boring story! What a fun comedy! Terrible illiteracy! Amazing! Amazing! Wonderful!
    Disgusting! Not good!

    Exercise 21.3

    Express an assessment-desire using SG-5:

    5If he wrote to me!

    — 5If he wrote to me! I would answer him.

    • If you would come!

    • If only she went to university!

    • If we got to the premiere!

    • If my grandmother were healthy!

    • If you bought a cake!

    Exercise 21.


    Use SG-5 to express your assessment-outrage:

    Who do you look like?!

    – Who do you look like?! You’re in the dirt! And the trousers are torn.

    Exercise 21.5

    Express appreciation using SG-5:

    You love music.

    – What could be better than music!

    Exercise 21.6

    Conduct intonation analysis of sentences, draw diagrams:

    – Tonight we will go to the theater

    – And with whom? With parents or friends?

    – Well, where are the parents! Of course I will go with a friend!

    – What was the performance like?

    – Performance? Very interesting! I especially liked the actor who played the lead role.

    – What did you like?

    Everything. What could be better than theater!



    The lesson was prepared using the following literature:

    Theoretical part

    [1]Oliverius, Z.

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