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Consonant Digraph Clip Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: K - 1

Explore consonant digraphs at the beginning and end of words with these hands-on clip cards.

Two Letters, One Sound… That’s the Consonant Digraph!

Let’s start with the tricky terminology! In the world of phonics, 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.

This set of clip cards has been designed to help your students become more familiar with consonant digraphs in monosyllabic words. The resource includes 16 cards and explores the following consonant digraphs: ck, ch, th, sh, ph, wh. Directions and an answer key are also provided.

How to Use This Consonant Digraphs Activity

  1. Print and cut out every card. Cardstock is recommended.
  2. Provide students with a set of cards and some clothespins. 
  3. Clip a clothespin on the correct digraph with which the word begins or ends.

Cards are color coordinated. Yellow boxes represent words that have a missing ending consonant digraph. Green boxes represent words that have a missing beginning consonant digraph. 

Adapt the Application to Best Meet Your Students’ Needs

This versatile resource can be used in various ways to meet your learners’ diverse needs. 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

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This resource was created by Lisamarie Del Valle, a teacher in Florida and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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