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2.18: The Consonant Sounds [h] and [th]

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  • Consonant Sounds [h] and [th]

    Usually [h] is spelled <h>, and sometimes <wh>. The sound [th] is always spelled <th>.

    Examples

    You can hear the sound [h] at the beginning of help.

    You can hear the sound [th] at the beginning of thing.

    Review

    1. Underline the letters that spell [h] in the following words.
      \begin{align*}
          & \text{who} && \text{anyhow} && \text{have} && \text{whom}\\
          & \text{behind} && \text{whole} && \text{helicopter} && \text{height}\\
          & \text{ahead} && \text{perhaps} && \text{whose} && \text{heard}
      \end{align*}
    2. The sound [h] is spelled ___________ in eight of the words.
    3. It is spelled _________________ in four of the words.
    4. Sort the words into these two groups:
      Words with [h] spelled...
      <h> <wh>
           
           
           
           
    5. Two ways to spell [h] are ___________ and __________.
    6. Underline the letters in the words below that spell [th]. Be careful! Some of the words do not contain [th] — and so in these words you should not underline any letters:
      \begin{align*}
          & \text{something} && \text{earth} && \text{thirty} && \text{through}\\
          & \text{thank} && \text{lighthouse} && \text{breath} && \text{thin}\\
          & \text{light} && \text{thought} && \text{church} && \text{fifth}\\
          & \text{short} && \text{often} && \text{white} && \text{hothead}
      \end{align*}
    7. Sort the words into these groups:
      Words with...
      [th] no [th]
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
    8. The two words with <th> but not [th] are ____________ and ___________.
    9. How many ways did you find to spell [th]? _____________
    10. The sound [th] is always spelled ___________.
    Show Answer
    1. \begin{align*}
          &  w\underline{h}o  &&  any\underline{h}ow  &&  \underline{h}ave  &&  w\underline{h}om \\
          &  be\underline{h}ind  &&  w\underline{h}ole  &&  \underline{h}elicopter  &&  \underline{h}eig\underline{h}t \\
          &  a\underline{h}ead  &&  per\underline{h}aps  &&  w\underline{h}ose  &&  \underline{h}eard 
      \end{align*}
    2. The sound [h] is spelled <h> in eight of the words.
    3. It is spelled <wh> in four of the words.
    4. Words with [h] spelled ...
      <h> <wh>
      behind have who
      ahead helicopter whole
      anyhow height whose
      perhaps heard whom
    5. Two ways to spell [h] are <h> and <wh>.
    6. \begin{align*}
          &  some\underline{th}ing  &&  ear\underline{th}  &&  \underline{th}irty  &&  \underline{th}rough \\
          &  \underline{th}ank  &&  ligh\underline{th}ouse  &&  brea\underline{th}  &&  \underline{th}in \\
          &  light  &&  \underline{th}ought  &&  church  &&  fif\underline{th} \\
          &  short  &&  often  &&  white  &&  ho\underline{th}ead 
      \end{align*}
    7.  
      Words with [th]: Words with no [th]:
      something light
      thank short
      earth might
      thought often
      thirty high
      through church
      thin where
      without hothead
    8. The two words with <th> but not [th] are lighthouse and hothead.
    9. How many ways did you find to spell [th]? One
    10. The sound [th] is always spelled <th>

    Explore More

    Word Pyramids. The following Pyramids consist of words that contain the sound [h] spelled <h>:

     

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