Wh spelling and pronunciation activities

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Spelling and Punctuation
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Published: 7th Jun 2021

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Wh spelling and pronunciation activities

Words with wh and not simplest responses game
Listen to your teacher or a classmate and race to hold up your hand if you think there is 
WH together in the word. Don’t raise your hand if there is just W, just H, W and H with 
other letters in between, etc. You get five points if you are the first to raise your hand when
the word contains WH together, but everyone who raises their hands when there isn’t WH 
together in the word loses one point. If you aren’t sure, ask for an example sentence or 
just wait for the next example. 

Level 1
 somewhere
 wait
 want
 what
 water
 we’re
 when
 went
 were
 whiskey
 white
 who

Level 2
 anywhere
 nightwear
 nowhere
 whale
 wheelchair
 well
 while
 whistle
 whole
 whose

Level 3
 eveningwear
 everywhere
 meanwhile
 wharf
 wasp
 wheat
 whereabouts
 whereas
 whether

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 whilst
 whip
 wipe
 wisdom
 wish
 whiskey
 whisper
 whistle
 with
 whodunnit
 wholesale
 whoops

Level 4
 antiwhaling
 elsewhere
 freewheeler
 overweight
 overwhelm
 somewhat
 underwater
 underwhelm
 wall
 wharf
 wash
 washer
 widowhood
 wild
 whilst
 wipers
 whiplash
 wireless
 whirlwind
 wishful
 whisk
 whisker
 whiten
 witty
 whoever
 wholemeal
 wholly
 whom
 woof
 whoops
 worthwhile
 worthy

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Level 5
 arrowhead
 clawhammer
 coward
 cowherd
 double whammy
 erstwhile
 narwhal
 overweening
 overwhelming
 unwholesome
 whack
 wailed
 wall
 wham
 warm
 warping
 watch
 wearing
 weeding
 wheeled
 wheedling
 wheelie
 wheeziness
 whereabouts
 wherein
 werewolf
 western
 whetstone 
 whichever
 widowed 
 widowhood
 wife
 whiff
 wi-fi
 whiffy
 wild
 wily
 whim
 whimper
 wimpy
 whimsy
 win
 windy
 wing
 whinge

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 winner
 whinny
 whirl
 whirr
 wise
 witchcraft
 witness
 wittily
 whittle
 woke
 woody
 whoopee
 whoosh
 whopping

Do the same, but listening to your teacher or classmate say a word in a sentence to give 
context. Listen to the context carefully, because with these there is always another word 
with exactly the same pronunciation in the opposite category. 
Level 1
where/ wear
why/ Y

Level 2
wheel/ we’ll
which/ witch

Level 3
whether/ weather
whole/ hole

Level 4
whys/ wise
wholly/ holy
whirled/ world

Level 5
whiz/ wiz
whale/ wail
whet/ wet
whey/ way
whine/ wine
whirred/ word

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Put an H into one of the two words on each line below that needs it to be spelt correctly.
Level 1
 wait/ wite
 wat/ water
 wen/ went
 were/ we’re

Level 2
 nightwear/ nowere
 well/ wile

Level 3
 anyhow/ anywere
 eveningwear/ everywere
 waist/ wereas
 weat/ with
 wip/ wipe
 wisdom/ wiskey
 wish/ wistle

Level 4
 overweight/ overwelm
 underwater/ underwelm 
 wall/ warf
 wash/ wisk
 washer/ wisker
 wild/ wilst
 wipers/ wiplash
 wireless/ wirlwind
 wishful/ wisper
 witen/ witty
 worthwile/ worthy

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Level 5
 coward/ cowerd
 overweening/ overwelming
 wack/ woke
 wailed/ weeled
 wall/ wirr
 wam/ warm
 warping/ wopping
 watch/ woosh
 wearing/ werein
 weeding/ weedling
 weelchair/ Wiltshire
 weelie/ wily
 weeziness/ witness
 wereabouts/ werewolf
 western/ wetstone 
 wichever/ witchcraft
 widowed/ widowood
 wife/ wiff
 wiffy/ wi-fi
 wild/ wirl
 wim/ win
 wimper/ winner
 wimpy/ wimsy
 windy/ winny
 wing/ winge
 wise/ wiz
 wittily/ wittle
 wo/ woo
 woody/ woopee
 woof/ woops

Add W to one of the two words on each line below that needs it. 
 holesale/ hostel
 ho/ hoot
 hoots/ hose
 hoever/ hoover
 haunted/ hodunit
 holdup/ holesome
 hores/ horse
 homesteader/ homever
 holemeal/ home rule

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Put brackets around any silent letters in the words below. Some have no silent letters. 
Level 1
 somewhere
 what
 when
 where
 which
 whiskey
 white
 who
 why

Level 2
 anywhere
 everywhere
 whale
 wheelchair
 while
 whistle
 whole
 whose

Level 3
 meanwhile
 nowhere
 wharf
 wheat
 whereabouts
 whereas
 whether
 whilst
 whisper
 whodunnit
 wholesale
 whoops
 worthwhile

Level 4
 antiwhaling
 elsewhere
 eveningwear
 freewheeler
 overwhelm
 somewhat
 underwhelm
 whip

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 whirlwind
 whisk
 whiten
 whoever
 wholemeal
 wholly
 whom
 widowhood

Level 5
 arrowhead
 blowhard
 chowhound
 clawhammer
 cowhand
 erstwhile
 narwhal
 sawhorse
 towhead
 unwholesome
 whack
 whacko
 double whammy
 wheedling
 wheelie
 wheeziness
 whetstone
 whey
 whiffy
 whim
 whimper
 whimsical
 whine
 whinge
 whinny
 whirr
 whiskers
 whiz
 whomsoever
 whoopee
 whoosh
 whopping

Hint: Most words above have silent H

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