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15.5: Sometimes [s] is Spelled <c>, Sometimes <sc>

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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1. The sound [s] is spelled <s> or <ss> about eight times out of ten. The rest of the time it is usually spelled <c>.

The letter <c> spells the sound [s] only when it is followed by the letters _______, _______, or _______ . When the letter <c> spells the sound [s], it is called _____________________.

2. Whenever <c> spells [s], there will be an <e>, <i>, or <y> following it. But the problem is that often [s] is spelled with an <s> with an <e>, <i>, or <y> after it, too. Read the following pairs of words aloud and look at how [s] is spelled in each of them:

sellsentserialsitesymbolcellcentcerealcitecymbal

Words like the ones in each of these pairs are called homophones. Homo- means “same,” and phone means “sound.” Homophones are two or more words that have the same sound but different meanings and spellings. Can you think of a third homophone for sent and cent and a third for site and cite?

3. Underline the letters that spell [s] is each of the following words:

perceiveicilyintroducingreceiptcitizenadvancingcertaintyprejudicedependencebalancedecisionjuicyemergencydeceptionconscienceproducesecessionassurancereduceicycriticismceilingacceleratepiece

4. Sort the words into these three groups:

5. The <sc> spelling of [s] is very rare, but it does occur in a few common words. Underline all of the different spellings of [s] in the words below:

susceptibleabscessscentscientificscissorsdisciplineascertaincondescensiondescentascendfascinatediscernsciencescenicscythefluorescent

6. Now sort the sixteen words into these three groups:

7. Four ways of spelling [s] are _______, _______, _______, and _______.

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