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13.10: Spelling [k] at the End of Words

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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1. All of the following words end in the sound [k]. Underline the letters that spell the final [k] in each word. Final <e>’s are not part of the spelling of [k]:

remar\underline{k}wre\underline{ck}mista\underline{k}estru\underline{ck}unmas\underline{k}economi\underline{c}shrie\underline{k}scientifi\underline{c}kno\underline{ck}overloo\underline{k}brea\underline{k}o'clo\underline{ck}broo\underline{k}rebu\underline{k}eearthqua\underline{k}eseismi\underline{c}spe\underline{ck}haw\underline{k}provo\underline{k}eshar\underline{k}

2. Sort the twenty words into these three groups:

Words in which the final [k] is spelled ...
<c> <ck> <k>

3. Now sort the twenty words into these two groups:

Words with a consonant sound right in front of the final [k] Words with a vowel sound right in front of the final [k]

4. Here are some words with short vowel sounds: bat, bet, bit, bought, book, but. And here are some with long vowel sounds: bait, beet, bite, boat, boot, beaut.

Now sort into this matrix the seventeen words from Item 3 with a vowel sound in front of the final [k]:

Words in which the final [k] is spelled ...
<c> or <ck> <k>
Words with a short vowel sound spelled with a single letter in front of the [k]

wreck

struck

economic

scientific

knock

o’clock

seismic

speck

Words with a short vowel sound spelled with a digraph in front of the [k]

overlook

brook

hawk

Words with a long vowel sound in front of the [k]

mistake

shriek

rebuke

break

earthquake

provoke

5. How is the final [k] spelled in the three words that have a consonant sound in front of it? <k> How is it spelled in the five words that have a long vowel in front of it? <k> How is it spelled in the three words that have a short vowel spelled with a digraph right in front of it? <k>

6. At the end of a word, [k] will usually be spelled <k> if it has a long vowel or consonant sound or a short vowel sound spelled with a digraph right in front of it; but it will usually be spelled <ck> or <c> if it has a short vowel sound right in front of it.

Teaching Notes.

Item 5. The statement that a final [k] preceded by a consonant is a good and strong one. But there are a few holdouts, usually new and quite rare: arc, disc (also disk), franc, narc (also nark), sync (also synch ), talc, zinc

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