Digraphs & A Giveaway

Hey party people!  Okay...so after a little back and forth, I decided to post my first "for sale" activity on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Let me give you a little back story...

During my first year teaching, I realized my kids were having a hard time "getting" digraphs.  I tried a lot of different things, but nothing really seemed to stick.  Knowing that most of my babies were visual learners, I decided they needed something more concrete & hands-on to really help them grasp the concept.  My creative wheels started spinning and soon the "digraph kids" were born.  I've been using this little teaching tool for the last 9 years and my kids LOVE it...and they really do get it pretty quickly!

I originally drew ALL of the pictures and the clip art for this activity, but after 9 years of serious use, those things have HAD it!   I recreated them in digital form and now they're available on TpT :)  The packet includes 4 digraph kids {-sh, -ch, -th, -wh} and stories to accompany each. Picture & word cards, sorting mats, and recording sheets are also included.

I'd love to give one...or two ;)...away for you to use in your classroom! 

If you're interested, leave a comment telling me about any cool things you do to teach digraphs in your classroom. 

I'll randomly select a winner tomorrow!! 

 Happy Wednesday!

64 comments:

  1. I'm going to use Sarah Cooley's "First Grader...at Last" Crunchy Munchy poster and activity to teach/review -ch when I return from Maternity Leave next week!
    Dara cookdara@hotmail (dot) com

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  2. We do word sorts, poems, and scavenger hunts, but I am always looking for better ideas.

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  3. I make flip books for students to see the word put together and try out the different digraphs. those /sh/ and /ch/ ones are tricky for them!

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  4. I have done several word sorts in centers. I need some new ideas for sure!!

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  5. I love this idea! After trying over and over to get my lower group to understand the "sneaky, silent e" I drew and picture of the letter 'e' and made it look like it was tip-toeing and making a be quiet sign to sneak up on the vowel in words. The visual element finally made it click for that group, so the idea of the digraph kids is great! I'm going to hold off until tomorrow to see if I'm randomly picked and if not, I'll be ordering it on TpT! I'm excited you've started putting your stuff on there. You have some wonderful ideas!! :)

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  6. GIRL... It is about time you put your stuff on TPT!!! You rock!!!!!!

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  7. I can't say that I have a classroom yet. Just finished up student teaching in December but I would LOVE to win these for the future! I love this!

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  8. I have a couple of poems that I read and the kids have to make tally marks everytime they hear a certain digraph. Then at the end we see if they were right.

    -Jodi
    www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  9. Nothing cool, but I have gotten a lot of hands-on activities that I love from Lakeshore.

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  10. I've done word sorts, but nothing too cute-- or effective! My ELL kiddos are struggling with the concept.

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  12. First of all I have to say that I love you and everything you do, soooo I would be super excited to have your little unit, but we just mainly do sorts, poems, etc.

    Funny story though, we were reviewing digraphs during morning meeting and I said, "there is actually another digraph that tricks a lot of you in guided reading and that is ph which says the F sound" and one of my little guys blurts out, "LIKE IN Phineas and Ferb" so now PH is our Phineas and Ferb digraph. That one, they NEVER forget!
    Now SH, is one digraph my chatty group really has trouble learning. :)

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  13. I do word sorts, word sorts, word sorts! I have them in several forms. Independent games, group games, and Smartboard sorts. We also practice how our mouth feels, looks, and sounds.

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  14. One of the things we used to teach the "ch" digraph were our own "Chia Pets" They decorated their cups, added the potting soil and seed. Nothing too famous, but they loved naming their creation with a "ch" beginning.

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  15. I too made/drew digraph people....by hand. We have Thin Thad, Shinny Shelly, Whistling Whit, and Chilly Charlie. Thin Thad has a very thin face, shiny shelly has glittery pearls and hair barretts, Whit is whistling, and Charlie is very Chilly (snowy background, etc).I would love your digital versions to incorporate learning diagraphs in my first grade class. The download preview looked amazing.

    laura
    www.laurasopenhouse.blogspot.com

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  16. I just learned about your blog from a colleague! I absolutely love it!!! I am a 4th year 1st grade teacher. This is definitely not my idea, but we sing songs for the digraphs to the tune of the Hokey Pokey. http://www.mrsjonesroom.com/songs/digraphs.html
    :) Hope I win the digraph kids!

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  17. I make a flip book with ch, sh, th and wh. The stduents find pictures in magazine that begin or end with these digraphs and glue them under the correct flap. Then they have to spell them out on a seperate sheet of paper. They love it!

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  18. so fun! At my school we have "h brothers" and they learn how each h brother says his name :)

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  19. Such great ideas! I do word sorts, I have a few games from Centers in a Bag, we come up with words that begin with each digraph and have them on posters like a thumb, cherry, whale, shell.

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  20. When I introduce these digraphs, I try to get the kids to think of times they hear them. For 'sh' they usually tell me different quiet times, so I get them to show me what it looks like and sounds like when someone says "shhh." That usually sticks with most of them. We do similar things with the others, too.
    I'm always looking for new good ideas that would help! I love all your ideas!!

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  21. First off let me say..I. Am.So.Glad.You.Posted.On.TpT!

    We use poems...Scholastic has a great book of phonics poems. We also do word sorts and mini digraph books.

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  22. we do word sorts and large anchor charts such as a shoe for SH --students can write their own words on the chart, cut letters from magazines to make SH words, or cut pictures out of SH objects.
    Love you blog and ideas--keep them coming!

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  23. We teach digraphs by relating them to peanut butter cups. I know, sounds weird, but the firsties TOTALLY get it! We start out by talking about how much we just LOVE the taste of chocolate and also just LOVE the taste of peanut butter. As we unwrap a pb cup in front of them, we say that it's even better when you mix them together because you get a whole new taste. We slowly eat one in front of them, with lots of "MMmmmmmm" going on, until their little mouths are watering. Would they like to try? OF COURSE! They each get one and we tell them to swirl it around slowly in their mouths and raise their hand when they taste that whole new taste of chocolate and pb. mixed together.
    After we're done, we tell them that some letters are like pb. cups too. /C/ has its own sound, /H/ has its own sound, but when you mix them together, you get a whole new sound! (Just like when you mix chocolate and peanut butter, you get a whole new taste!)
    After another try with a pb. cup, we brainstorm words that have the /ch/ sound (from chocolate), and they're off. We get several parents that ask "Why does my child keep saying "That's a pb. cup!" ?" It's great fun, and one of the things that almost all our kids remember about first grade!

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  24. Flip Flap books!! :) Love them! And super easy!

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  25. Well first I introduce 5 digraphs with picture cards I have posted in my room. Ch & tch are together with a picture of a chick, sh is ?(sorry I can't remember), wh is whale, th is thumb. I start with these 5 first. Then everyday for a week or two we chant them saying "ch, ch, chick..." and so on. Then we do some sort of word sort. This year we happened to be studying them during Christmas time so I printed up 5 trees with a star on top. The star had the digraph we are studying, so 5 trees. I picked one digraph a day and we made ornaments (circles in different colored paper) with a word that had that digraph in it. When we were done it went at a center. I was surprised how fast my students got it this year. Nothing special but it worked.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

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  26. I forgot to mention that I also print up books from Reading A to Z that have digraphs and we look for & highlight the digraphs. Then the kiddos get to take them home and read them to their parents.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

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  27. I love the peanut butter cup idea. I will tuck that one away. We usually just get word sorts, etc. Not too dramatic.

    Our district is making cuts so I have vowed not to spend one more cent in my room until I find our if I have a job. Sure wish TPT would find a way to take purchase orders.

    I hope I win because I am not allowing myself to go to TPT again. I have been a VERY GOOD CUSTOMER!!!

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  28. I use scholastic poems and booklets. I also have some powerpoints. I wish I had some hands on activities for digraphs. Love the pb cup idea. I'm going to check out your tpt now!
    Thanks,
    Caroline

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  29. I have a digraph book that I use (for the consonant digraphs only). The kiddos love it! We also make silly sentences...

    Shelly is shy because she can't shut her shell!

    Change the chocolate to Cheetos so I can cheer!

    -Rachelle
    www.whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  30. I will definitely buy your things from TPT! It looks so kid friendly, like everything else you make! I have had the kids make a monster face with his tongue sticking out. We call him Thor. Then we write 'th' words on his tongue ( or cut out pictures of things starting with 'th'. It's silly but fun. They love the tongue part!!

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  31. I use puzzles, poems, sorts, word wheels, & Sing, Spell, Read & Write posters & songs.

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  32. I'm a teacher in training!! ;0) Student teaching in 1st grade this semester and would LOVE nothing more than to incorporate this into my teaching. I would be honored to win!! Thank you for all you do~ Claire

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  33. We use posters, making words, chants, etc. I could use some help. :) We are doing wh, ch, and tch this week.

    I LOVE your stuff!!

    http://ramblingsofafirstgradeteacher.blogspot.com/

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  34. I have a variety of hand made centers and posters I've made using real photos from our classroom. I've done this for 8 years and they work well.

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  35. I am in my teacher internship stage but for my internship last summer with struggling learners I used a matching sort with cards and pictures. I'm also interested in looking at some of the iTouch resources- I'd love to write a grant for 4 iTouches to be used in literacy centers- some great apps out there! I LOVE your work, thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. I use poems, word sorts, and diagraph friends song. I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I use poems during shared reading, word/pic sorts that have beginning digraphs,thinking maps, scavenger hunts...Love reading your blog daily, so many amazing ideas!

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  38. Sounds great! I use Zoo-Phonics sounds/signals along with poetry, Reading A-Z books, and word sorts.

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  39. I usually use cards with different pictures on them for the different digraphs...your digraph kids sound great! I hope I win! ;) If I don't...that will be one more thing to buy from TpT!

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  40. Dr. Jean has a song called "Diagraph Walk". My class LOVES it! It teaches sh, ch, th, wh, and ph. We sing through it everyday. I find that the more songs I can use to teach, the better my children remember it. :)

    ww.msv1stgrade.blogspot.com

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  41. I don't do anything cool to teach digraphs... that's why I need YOUR cool ideas! :) It's only my 3rd year of teaching so my creativity wheel is just getting started!

    Can't wait for you to make a fortune off of me through TPT!

    Thanks!!
    Kelly

    "Beg, Borrow, Steal"
    www.mchaffiek.blogspot.com

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  42. We do our own little thing each year it changes based on the interest of the children..this year for th we say th th th like we have something gross in our mouths (helps to get the tongue placement correct), sh we say sh sh baby is sleeping and rock the baby...ch we move our hands like a train and say ch ch ch choo-choo and pull the whistle..

    danielle
    learningandlaughing.blogspot.com

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  43. I'll use your AWESOME digraph kids to help my lil firsties with word sorts, poems, scavenger hunts, making words, chants and flip books!
    I am a first year first grade teacher and am looking for some FUN ideas to help my lil kiddos learn it easier!
    I love your website and all your really cool ideas.

    Thanks! :)
    Brooke
    http://thefirstgradefairytale.blogspot.com/

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  44. i have nothing cool to contribute, just that ive been looking into what teachers do for digraphs and talking to my sons speech therapist. this would be really helpful in my homeschooling material {its pre-k but im really working on all k and some 1st grade material before he enters the school system}
    thank you!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

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  45. we do word sorts, poems, posters/anchor charts :)

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  46. We use picture cards from Heidi Songs and create gestures to along with the picture cards. The kids love to use gestures while we go through the flash cards. Then, when I meet with parents during conferences they tell me that their kid keeps doing "whatever" with their bodies while reading together. :)

    LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO! I am amazed at how you find the time to do everything that you post (and I'm sure there's more we don't see.)

    THANK YOU!

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  47. I am currently interning in second grade, and love everything about it! You are such an inspiration for me as a young woman who wants to be the best teacher I can be. I have gleaned many ideas from you already! I would love to win your digraphs to use in helping my few kiddos that still struggle.

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  48. I was given a cute bingo game that I have used. I have also used the a dice with the digraphs programmed on it - the kids roll it and them write a word for that digraph. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. Kathleen in texas teaching first =)

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  49. We do lots of word sorts and poems/songs.

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  50. ahhh... the infamous digraph. This is sooo difficult- especially for English Language Learners, since many other languages do not have things like this. My students always master 'ch' since its Spanish equivilant is nearly the same, but 'sh' and 'th' do not exist in Spanish and it takes a LOOONNGGG time and a LOTTTT of practice to somewhat get these down. I do a LOT of dramatizing the sounds, word visuals, book searches, word blasts and brainstorms. Once students have a grasp, I love to do little "races" where we write as many words as we can with the digraph in 2 minutes. I always set prizes (ie. 0-10 words= 1 ticket, 11-20=2, and so on). Anyways, your always are always wonderful and I'd love to add some more tricks to help my little lovelies! :)

    Katie
    www.persnicketypickles.blogspot.com

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  51. At my old school, my first grade team and I dressed up as the diagraphs and put on a skit for the whole 1st grade. I put was /sh/ I attached a shower curtain to a hoola hoop and wore a shower cap on my head- it was a total hoot. Another of my coworkers was the naughty sister, /th/ and she went around sticking her tongue out at everyone

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  52. Weddings! Kids dress in suits and pretty dresses and marry each other. S marries H, C marries H, T marries H...come to think of it...H isn't setting a very good example of being in a monogamous committed relationship. Vowel digraphs are joined in matrimony as well. Anyway, the two are joined and now make only one sound. Before the wedding there are discussions about real people weddings and how when two are married they then become one family instead of two separate families. It drives home the whole 2 sounds becoming 1 sound. Parents are invited to attend the celebration. There's photography (parents) and a reception (lunch or snack!) It's a big deal! Glad to know you're on TpT.

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  53. We started digraphs before the Winter Holidays... Our class did "gifts" out of digraphs... with each side of the gift being a different set of digraphs!

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  54. Being new to first grade, I am still searching for ways to teach blends and digraphs. The thing that my students enjoy the most is "I have a word that begins with (sh, ch, th) they have really started coming up with creative words. I plan on transferring that on to endings and then within the word.

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  55. I create a flip book using construction paper. I give each student a table with sh, th, ch, wh words and pictures mixed up. They have to sort the words/pictures under the correct flap. When they are finished, I make them sound out the words to me so that I can check for understanding.

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  56. My first graders love to play "I spy" ___ during SSR....they look for a chunk and add the word to the chunk poster. We also use wikki sticks, highlighting tape, etc. to locate these in our weekly poems. I'm very interested in your classroom activities, one can never learn too much, especially when it is your first year of first grade!

    THANKS for sharing! :-)

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  57. I just graduated in December and haven't had a chance to teach digraphs yet. I would LOVE to use your activities in my classroom!!

    http://themissadventuresofmissjoanne.blogspot.com/

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  58. We have a sound box on the board. Everytime we use a digraph, I just remind them to use their sound box. They catch on pretty quickly and remember - very simple!

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  59. This is my first year teaching first grade so I don't have a lot of great ideas yet. We do centers and add in games with digraphs that the kids seems to enjoy. I would love to use your cute ideas in my classroom!! You have SO many great ideas!

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  60. We mostly just do word sorts and constant practice flashcards and matching! I love all of your stuff!!

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  61. I use flip books and word sorts. I will definately have to buy these if I can't win them :)!

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  62. I don't have ANY cute digraph ideas... that is why I need your packet soooo badly! I do have a Chicka Chicka Blend tree in my classroom though :) I have pictures on my blog if you want to see!

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  63. Congrats on your new adventures as a teacherpreneuer! I wish you much success!
    Leslie
    www.kindergartenworks.blogpot.com

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