Elementary Reading (K-6th) Tutorial
What is up with GH?
When these two letters get together, they never sound like they’re supposed to.
What sound do you think they are supposed to make?
When they are in the middle of a word they don’t make a sound.
Like in these words: Might, light,frighten, taught, naughty, caught
Can you think of any other words where gh are silent?
When they are at the beginning of a word only the g makes a sound.
like in these words: ghost, ghoul, ghastly
Can you think of any other words where gh say “g”?
Sometimes when gh are at the end of a root word, they sound like “f”.
like in these words: laugh, rough, enough, cough, tough
But, they can also be silent too.
Can you think of any other words where gh say “f”?
Can you think of any words where gh are SILENT at the end?
Use the following information to answer the question below.
Let’s practice the sounds.
What sound are gh making in each of the following words?
There seems to be no rule about when gh are going to make different sounds. But there are patterns. It looks like their position in a word and the letters next to them signal them to make different sounds. For instance:
when you see igh together, they sound like “i”, so gh are silent. ex. Flight, right, tight
they you see augh together, they sound like “o” (which is what au say, autumn, August), so gh are silent. ex. caught, taught, naughty
Once you’ve been taught the patterns, and you’ve seen them enough times, then you will laugh because you know right away, what those naughty letters are up to.