English Phonemes, Spellings, Example Words, and Meaningful Names
Borrowed freely from Open Court materials and AU lesson designs
Phoneme  Spelling(s) and Example Words Meaningful Names
/A/  a (table), a_e (bake), ai (train), ay (say)  Long A; Fonzie's greeting
/a/  a (flat) Crying baby; baby lamb; home alone
/b/ b (ball)  Beating heart; drum; basketball
/k/  c (cake), k (key), ck (back)  Nutcracker; golf shot; camera, chopping with an ax; walking on gravel
/d/  d (door) Knocking; dribbling ball; drum; dinosaur
/E/  e (me), ee (feet), ea (leap), y (baby) Long E; shriek
/e/  e (pet), ea (head)  Rocking chair; creaky door; hard of hearing
/f/ f (fix), ph (phone) Angry cat; clothes brush; electric fan; soda fizz
/g/  g (gas) Croaking frog, gulping soda
/h/  h (hot)  Out of breath; warm breath; tired dog
/I/  i (I), i_e (bite), igh (light), y (sky) Long I; "Aye, aye, Captain"
/i/  i (sit) Crying puppy; icky sticky; baby pig
/j/  j (jet), dge (edge), g[e, i, y] (gem) Scrub brush; wood rasp; jump rope
/l/ l (lamp)  Flying saucer; mixer; lapping water
/m/  m (my) Mm-m-m; hummingbird
/n/  n (no), kn (knock) Mosquito; motorboat
/O/  o (okay), o_e (bone), oa (soap), ow (low)  Long O; Oh, I see
/o/  o (hot) Say ah; doctor sound; cool drink; yawn
/p/ p (pie)  Popcorn; water drip; skipping stone; soap bubbles
/kw/  qu (quick) Coffee pot; typewriter; quacking duck
/r/ r (road), wr (wrong) Chain saw; angry lion; robot; growling dog
/s/ s (say), c[e, i, y] (cent)  Snake; leaky ball; hair spray; sizzling bacon
/t/  t (time) Ticking clock; timer; automatic sprinkler
/U/  u (future), u_e (use), ew (few) Long U
/u/ u (thumb), a (about), e (loaded), o (wagon)  I dunno; mother bear; punch in the stomach; foghorn
/v/ v (voice) Electric shaver; airplane; vacuum
/w/  w (wash)  Lariat; fly rod; washing machine; helicopter
/ks/ or /gz/ x (box, exam) Pop top soda can; grease gun
/y/ y (yes) Sticky mess
/z/  z (zoo), s (nose) Buzzing bee; arc welder; zipper
/OO/ oo (boot), u (truth), u_e (rude), ew (chew) Ghost; howling wolf; owl
/oo/  oo (book), u (put) Lifting weights; chin-up bar
/oi/ oi (soil), oy (toy)  Seal; squeaky gate; spring
/ou/ ou (out), ow (cow)  Inoculation; sting; pinch
/aw/  aw (saw), au (caught), a[l] (tall) Poor thing; crow
/ar/  ar (car)  Spinning tire; grinding gears; gargle; pirate
/sh/  sh (ship), ti (nation), ci (special)  Be quiet; watering the lawn; rain
/hw/ wh (white)  Blow out the candle
/ch/   ch (chest), tch (catch) Old train; antique car; chipmunk
/th/  or /th/ th (thick, this) Peeling tape; angry goose; wet shoes
/ng/ ng (sing), n (think) Gong; string bass
/zh/  s (measure) Sawing wood; sander
er (her), ir (sir), ur (fur)
Chain saw; angry lion; robot; growling dog