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14.18: More Spellings of [sh]: < c >, < sc >, < ss >, and < s >

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

More Spellings of [sh]: <c>, <sc>, <ss>, and <\text{s}>

1. Underline the letters that spell [sh] in the following words:

&\text{expression} && \text{official} && \text{dimension} && \text{conscience}\\&\text{social} && \text{suspicious} && \text{succession} && \text{missionary}\\&\text{consciously} && \text{financial} && \text{electrician} && \text{possession}\\&\text{racial} && \text{intermission} && \text{apprehension} && \text{specially}\\&\text{extension} && \text{suspension} && \text{sufficiently} && \text{mansion}

2. Sort the words into these four groups:

3. Look carefully at your four groups of words and answer the following questions:

a. When [sh] is spelled <\text{s}>, <c>, <sc>, or <ss>, are the next two letters always vowels or consonants or what? _______

b. What letter always comes right after the <\text{s}>, <c>, <sc>, or <ss>? _______

c. Do the vowels after the <\text{s}>, <c>, <sc>, or <ss> have weak stress or heavy stress? _______

4. There is one more spelling of [sh]. Underline the letters that spell [sh] in these words:

&\text{sugar} && \text{assured} && \text{insurance}\\&\text{fissure} && \text{pressure} && \text{issue}\\&\text{tissue} && \text{censure} && \text{sure}

In these words (and pretty much these words only) [sh] is spelled <\text{s}> or <ss> with no <\text{i}> or second vowel following.

a. In these words what letter always comes after the <\text{s}> or <ss>? _______

b. What letter almost always comes after that one? _______

5. In each of the following pairs of words the <t>, <c>, <\text{s}>, <ss>, and <sc> sometimes spell [sh] and sometimes do not. Be ready to discuss why they do not spell [sh] in those words in which they do not:

&\text{social} && \text{society}\\&\text{prediction} && \text{predicting}\\&\text{finances} && \text{financial}\\&\text{official} && \text{office}\\&\text{completion} && \text{complete}\\&\text{conscience} && \text{science}\\&\text{physician} && \text{physical}\\&\text{recess} && \text{recession}\\&\text{description} && \text{descriptive}\\&\text{patent} && \text{patient}\\&\text{partial} && \text{part}

6. Eight ways of spelling [sh] are ________, ________, ________, _______, _______, _______, _______, and _______.

7. Those spellings of [sh] that are always followed by an unstressed <\text{i}> and another unstressed vowel are _______, _______, _______, _______, and _______.

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