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Learning the concept that two letters can work together to make a new sound (aka “digraphs”) is an advanced skill for beginning readers. These Digraph Phonics Writing Activities for Kindergarten are an interactive way to practice recognizing and reading these new sounds. This resource pack will reinforce literacy skills while encouraging movement as kids get up out of their seats to “write the room!”
Digraph Phonics Writing Activities for Kindergarten
This digraph activity pack includes 64 word cards (8 words for each digraph) with recording sheets. Each card also has a fun picture clue on it. Before cutting apart the word cards, be sure to laminate them so they are durable!
You get to choose which digraph your students are working on in the writing center – ch, kn, ph, qu, sh, th, wh, and wr! (Only beginning digraphs are used with the exception of ph which includes ph as a middle or ending sound.)
Ways to Use the Digraph Writing Activities
If using this activity as a “Write the Room,” post the digraph word cards all around on walls and/or furniture. Then students walk around with the recording sheet on a clipboard, labeling the pictures as they find them.
To play in partners, one set of students will hide the cards around the room while the other kids search for them and write the words. When they are done, the players can switch so each student gets a turn to “hide” and “seek!”
This activity can also be used as a literacy center. Simply place the digraph cards in a basket for students to pull from or add them to a sensory bin!
Teacher Tip: Make this a reusable center by adding the recording sheets to a dry erase pocket sleeve. The kids can write the words with dry erase markers for tons of digraph phonics fun!
Differentiated Recording Sheets
The recording sheets can be used to meet the needs of all your students. They both include a front page with five empty boxes where kids can pick a card and label the pictures.
There are two options for the back page. The first option includes 3 additional digraph pictures for students to label and a pre-written sentence that they can trace.
The second option includes 3 pictures for labeling and blank lines. Students ready for an extra challenge can choose a digraph word from the page and write their very own simple sentence.
This is a great way to inspire confidence and creativity!
Plus, at the end of the file, all of the digraph word cards also come in black and white for an ink-saving option!
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