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postheadericon The Pesky ER, IR, UR Family: Lots of Free Activities



This week, we are reading "I'm a Caterpillar." The kids love learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, however, they don't particularly love the spelling list. The pesky er, ir, ur family is here this week and knowing when to use either er, ir, or ur can be difficult for some of our students. 

So, with that in mind, I created some resources to use at my teacher table and some resources that can be used in independant centers throughout the week. 


I used these cards to sort onto my spelling pocket chart to use throughout the week. I also have a copy for each student to work with throughout the week. Each student has these cards in a baggie with their name on it, so that they can be used at the teacher table and in independant centers. 

spelling word sort



DAY 1: Introduction: Teacher Guided Lesson at the Teacher Table

The first day, I introduce the er, ir, ur family using this anchor chart. 

This is a cute way of showing that the three say the same sound, but have different vowels. 

You can find this resource for FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers



Then, I use this sheet to work with students on reading the word and sorting the word under the correct column.

spelling sort worksheet

This is a two page activity. The first page has words for the students to cut out. The second page, has a table for the students to glue the words onto. 

spelling sort worksheet-cut and paste



DAY 2: Read It and Sort It!

Using the spelling cards from above, I have each student read the word and sort it into this table. The shaded cells on this table mean that a word does not go into that box. This gives students a visual of what words belong where and how many words go into each column. 

er, ir, ur, sorting grid


This is a foldable that can be used for further instruction. Fold on the middle line and then cut between flaps. This creates a foldable that can be used at the teacher table. 

foldable er, ir, ur



DAY 3: Write it!


I love this activity! It can be used in so many different ways.

I played SPELLING SCOOP with these cards. I place the cards around the room and have the students move about the room to find the words. As they find each card, they record the words onto their recording sheet. They do not have to find the cards in order, which is fun for them. The kids love this little game. They can get up, move, read, and write.

I have also put them on a binder ring. The students read the card and decide whether to use er, ir, or ur. Then, they record their answers onto the recording sheet below. I also provide an answer sheet for each of the students. This allows them to check their work, while working independantly at their center. 

I have also cut out each of these cards and put them into a brown paper lunch bag. As the student pulls the words out, they can then record them on the sheet. This works well in partners. 


er, ir, ur cards

Recording Sheet:

er, ir, ur cards pg2

Answer Sheet:

answer cards



DAY 4: Roll, Write It, Read It

The kids love this game! I model this at my teacher table and then put this out into an independant center. The kids can play this in partners, threes, or in a small group. I give each student a copy and have them write their answers right onto the sheet. 

roll and read-er, ir, ur, words



Day 5: Spin It and Spell It!


This is an easy peasy center for the week. There are two supplies needed: 

1. a pencil

2. a paperclip


I pair up my students and have them play this game in an independant center. All they have to do is spin the paperclip. Whatever word they land on, they write onto the recording sheet below. 

3.5 I'm a Caterpillar-spin and spell

Spin and Write



DAY 6: Call the Nurse! A Game to play at the teacher table.

You can also get this resource for FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers





To see a writing activity that goes along with "I'm a Caterpillar," click on the link below. 



If you would like the Skills Sheet for this Story, click on the link below:

Skills Sheet

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