Free R-Controlled Vowels Clip Cards and Boom Cards

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This free Bossy R activities set includes two different phonics activities for practicing r-controlled vowels in the classroom or online.

You will receive a deck of Boom Cards and a set of printable clip cards for practicing the following r-controlled vowel (or the 'bossy R') letter combinations and sounds - AR, ER, IR, OR and UR. 

These printable and digital phonics activities are perfect for revising phonics skills in the classroom or online.  

This set is intended as a preview for, or to be used alongside, the full set of R-Controlled Vowels Clip Cards and Boom Cards.


Bossy R Words Phonics Activities for ESL Beginners


Boom Cards are a great digital phonics activity, perfect for distance learning. Clip cards are a hands-on, tactile way for students to practice phonics skills. Both phonics activities are self-checking and provide instant feedback for students. You can choose to use one or both!


Bossy R Phonics Activities for Phonics Practice



  • 5 printable clip cards - 1 card each for the following r-controlled vowel combinations: AR, ER, IR, OR and UR

  • 10 digital Boom Cards - 1 card each for AR, ER, IR, OR and UR, plus answer cards (see below for more information about Boom Cards)

  • A recording worksheet for students to record the correct answers

  • Teachers' Notes including instructions for preparing the clip cards and ideas for incorporating them into your classes



  • r-controlled vowels: AR, ER, IR, OR and UR

  • vocabulary words containing r-controlled vowels sounds - card, iceberg, dirt, cork and purse

  • handwriting skills - as they record the correct answers on their worksheet

  • fine motor skills - as they hold, clip and flip the cards 

  • digital literacy skills



These clip cards are quick and easy to prepare and instructions are included. To prepare the clip cards, print on cardstock and cut around the edges and down the middle of the page to create two separate cards. Fold each card in half and glue it together. For extra durability, laminate the cards. (Full instructions are included.)

Students use clothespins or paper clips to choose the letter/letters missing from the given word, then flip the card to check their answer against the correct one given on the back.


R Controlled Vowels Phonics Games



Boom Cards are digital, self-checking task cards that are hosted at Boom Learning. A set of Boom Cards is called a Deck. 

Click HERE for a playable preview of this deck of Free R-Controlled Vowels Boom Cards.

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with "Fast Pins," (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards). Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks.

For additional assignment options, you'll need a premium account. If you are new to Boom Learning, you will be offered a free trial of our premium account. Read here for details: If you choose not to stay on a premium account after your free trial, you will still be able to assign all your Boom Cards to as many students as you see fit using Fast Play pins (which give instant feedback for decks that are self-grading).


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Each set of phonics clip cards and Boom Cards is available separately or you can buy the Phonics Clip Cards and Boom Cards Bundle and save over 30%.



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Due to the nature of digital products (ie. they cannot be returned in the same way that a physical product can), Spark ESL does not offer refunds. It is your responsibility to determine if the product is right for you and/or your students prior to purchasing. If you have any questions about this resource, please reach out prior to making a purchase so that you can make a fully informed decision. 

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I wish you and your students loads of fun and learning with this activity!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a digital product. No physical product will be shipped.

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