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Consonant Digraph Word Puzzles

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 5 pages | Years: 1 - 2

Familiarise your students with a variety of consonant digraphs with these hands-on word puzzles.

Blend Phonemes to Build Words with Consonant Digraphs

A digraph is a two-letter combination that creates one sound. The English language consists of both consonant digraphs and vowel digraphs. Consonant digraphs can be found at the beginning or the end of a word (or anywhere in between), depending on the sound they make. Some examples of consonant digraphs include ck, ch, th, sh, ph, wh.

This set of word puzzles has been designed to help your students become more familiar with consonant digraphs in monosyllabic words. The resource includes 16 puzzle cards and a set of instructions. Each puzzle card displays a picture and a word (containing a consonant digraph) that has been segmented according to its phonemes.

How to Use This Hands-On Phonics Resource

  1. Print and cut out the word puzzles. Thick card is recommended.
  2. Provide students with the puzzle pieces.
  3. Students find all the puzzle pieces with the same picture, then place the pieces in the correct order to build the word. 
  4. Students check that the word is spelled correctly by checking that the picture on the puzzle is correctly formed.

Green letters are consonant digraphs that need to be placed at the beginning or the end of each word.

Deliver This Resource in a Variety of Ways

This versatile resource can be used in a variety of ways to meet the diverse needs of your learners. It can be used as:

  • an independent challenge for fast finishers
  • a focused, small group activity with a selection of targeted learners
  • a whole-class lesson or revision.

Why not use this resource as a means of placing your students into groups for collaborative learning? Provide each student with a puzzle piece, then have them find the other students with the same word. Instant random groupings! 

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It is recommended that this resource be stored in a large envelope or zip lock bag for safekeeping.

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This resource was created by Lisamarie Del Valle, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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