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PRACTICING CONNECTING SOUNDS WITH CONSONANTS

When people speak English, sometimes the sounds they pronounce connect together in a special way. CONNECTING CONSONANTS connect the final consonant sound of one word to the initial vowel sound of the next word.


1. Connecting occurs when the final consonant of one word connects to the initial vowel of the next word.
dog eat dog (sounds like: dogeat dog)
black and white (sounds like: blackand white)
green apple (sounds like: greenapple)

2. Connecting occurs when the second consonant in a consonant group connects to the initial vowel of the next word.
left arm (sounds like: lef tarm)
find out (sounds like: fin dout)
pushed up (sounds like: push tup)

PART 1: UNDERLINE WHERE THE CONSONANT CONNECTS TO THE INITIAL VOWEL SOUND.

1. Dan ate the sandwich. 6. His mom asked us a question. 11. The car broke Annís toe.
2. Is Bill in his office? 7. I threw the ball over the fence. 12. My mouse ate the food.
3. Do you like drive-in theaters? 8. Did the movie make Ed laugh? 13. My ball and glove are gone.
4. Does Ann have a dozen eggs? 9. My leg is swollen again. 14. His watch is like my watches.
5. I saw Tom and Timís saw. 10. Al is a friend of Alice. 15. Mom got us appetizers.

PART 2: UNDERLINE WHERE THE CONSONANT GROUP CONNECTS TO THE INITIAL VOWEL SOUND.

1. Can you hold on for a second? 6. The milk is rotten. 11. Mr. Cash cashed a check.
2. Please hold up your drawing. 7. The dogs are fighting outside. 12. She swims under the bridge.
3. I found out the answer. 8. The dogs always bark all night. 13. The teams arenít playing well.
4. He dives in the ocean. 9. She eats apples in the morning. 14. I filled up the gas tank.
5. I filled out the application. 10. Find it and send it to me. 15. He eats a lot every day.

PART 3: UNDERLINE INSTANCES OF BOTH TYPES OF CONSONANT CONNECTING.

1. My uncle believes that time is money, and that a penny saved is a penny earned.

2. I lifted weights yesterday, and now my left arm is sore.

3. The dragon blew flames out of his mouth and scared all the people.

4. I noticed that the clouds are very white and puffy today.

5. Did you find a book in class? I left it there on accident.