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Words where OW sounds like "ow!"

Teach this by discovery, after the OY/OI combination -- dictate simple  "ow" words, student being fully aware that they are spelled "ow," and let it be noticed how many words end in ow... but it's not the end of the word, it's the end of the syllable that matters. There are exceptions here -- but the exceptions also follow discoverable patterns. If a word ends in w or l or n, it almost always keeps the "ow." If a student needs a possible reason, I postulate that a word like "towel" is spelled with two syllables, but we talk so fast it turns into one -- so while towel still has that e, many other words have dropped it. They can discover those patterns, too.

This is a comprehensive reference list, in alphabetical order - just as the "oy/ oi" list was.

Hands On Activity:  Make an index card with 4 of each kind of word, without their ow's or ou's, like so:

b _____ cl_____d

Make pieces of cards with "ow" and "ou" on them, like so:


These are in alphabetical order.

OW Words  (that sound like the ou in out)
allow allowance anyhow avow
blowsy bow bowel bower
bowery bowsprit brow browbeat
brown brownout browse chow
chowder clown cow coward
cowboy cower cowhide cowl
cowlick cowl cowpox cowrie
cowslip crowd crown dowager
dowdy dowel dower down
downy downright downside downspout
dowry dowse drown drowse
drowsy empower endow endowment
flower fowl fowler frown
frowsy glower gown growl
gunpowder how however howitzer
howl jowl jowly kowtow
manpower meow now owl
plow plowshare pow powder
powwow prow prowl -prowler
prowess renown row (brit) rowdy
rowel safflower scow scowl
shower sow (pig) tower towel
town trowel vow vowel
wow yowl Howard Moscow


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