The letter H combined with other letters creates new sounds.
—ch— The H changes the sound of C.
chat, cheese, church, witch
—dh— The H softens the sound of D a little.
In compound words, the d and h are pronounced.
gh— The H is silent.
—gh — The H changes the G to sound like an F.
cough, laugh, slough (pronounced sluff, meaning to shed one’s skin)
—gh The GH combination maybe silent.
eight, slough (pronounced slew, meaning a wetland), through
—kh— The H is silent.
khaki, Khyber Pass
—ph— The H changes the P to sound like an F.
In compound words, the p and h are pronounced.
—rh— The H is silent.
—sh— The H changes the sound of S.
share, sheep, shore
—th— The H changes the sound of T.
thanks, the, then, thick, thin, thud
In names, anything can happen.
—wh— The H changes the sound of W.
what, when, where, who, why
- Look for letter combinations in words in a book or newspaper. Say them out loud.
- Create your own alliteration using one or more of the letter combinations.
Special reading assignment
- How do happy hamsters huddle in hutches?
- Handymen have hammers.
- Hens and chickens are sometimes grown in a thatched roof.