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4J's Jolly Jungle: Find out what's going on in 4J.

Spelling Learning at home....

Published Thursday, March 17, 2011.
Last updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Due on Monday 21st March.

Read this poem....

I take it you already know

Of tough and bough and cough and dough?

Others may stumble, but not you

On hiccough, thorough, laugh, and through?

Well done! And now you wish, perhaps

To learn of less familiar traps?


Beware of heard, a dreadful word

That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;

For goodness sake, don't call it deed!

Watch out for meat and great and threat,

(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)

A moth is not a moth in mother.

Nor both in bother, broth in brother.


And here is not a match for there.

And dear and fear for bear and pear.

And then there's dose and rose and lose --

Just look them up -- and goose and choose.

And cork and work and card and ward,

And font and front and word and sword.

And do and go, then thwart and cart.

Come, come, I've hardly made a start.


A dreadful language? Why, man alive,

I'd learned to talk it when I was five,

And yet to write it, the more I tried,

I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

In your yellow books sort the words create a table like this....





Sort the words in the poem (and more if you can think of any) according to the spelling pattern.

In each column how many different pronunciations can you hear?

Optional Extension

Practise the poem (or one verse of it) until you can recite it fluently.




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What does the poem mean? I don't get the meaning

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011