Blends and Digraphs Worksheets
Every elementary classroom needs a phonics reading intervention program. Yes, it requires careful planning and individualized instruction to meet the needs of struggling readers, but it is a fundamentally important of reading development because it primarily focuses on the relationship between letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes).
To be honest, many of the activities in my phonics reading intervention program is used for the mainstream classroom, because the approach and practice are the same – it’s the instruction and individualized strategies that differ.
These are my easy 7 Phonics Reading Intervention Steps that I have used year after year (I use this resource alongside the Letters and Sounds program):
- Begin with Assessment (of course!):
- Like all time poor teachers without a teacher aide, I don’t have time to do intricate and long phonics assessments. That’s why I love this quick effective 2 minute assessment that helps identify specific areas of weakness, such as letter-sound recognition or phonemic awareness(and yes, I do this one-on-one usually when the rest of the class is silent reading)
2. Follow a Sequence:
- Choose phonics instructional materials that are sequenced in terms of building skill level. An effective phonics programs includes a diverse range of worksheets, games and multimedia resources (and lots of picture books with rhyme and rhythm!)
3. Explicit Instruction and Daily Reviews:
- Note I’ve combined these together because they go hand in hand. Create structured and systematic lessons that progressively introduce and reinforce phonics skills.
4. Multisensory Approach:
- Mix it up to keep it engaging! Include multisensory activities to cater for the different learning styles within our classrooms. Have a phonics center set up with magnetic letters, phonics games, digital resources, graphic organizers, highlighters, colored pencils, crayons, markers etc
5. Monitoring Progress:
- I use my quick 2 minute assessment to repeat assess and monitor students’ progress to and adjust instruction as needed.
6. Positive Feedback:
- Provide constructive feedback empower, motivate and support struggling readers.
7. Integrated Approach:
- Honestly integrated approach is the easiest way to teach! Integrate where you can – it makes it real, connected and it’s your daily review! Connect phonics instruction to reading and writing activities across all learning areas.
Create your own program or purchase this no prep printable packet. Packed with ch, sh, th worksheets, blends and digraphs, syllable division worksheets, phonics passages and much much more. Ideal for whole class, small group reading intervention, literacy centers, guided reading groups, independent work and daily reviews.
Blends and Digraphs Worksheets
- First Grade
- Second Grade
- Third Grade support/review
- English Language Learners/Newcomers
This resource consists of the following components:
1. Reading Passages and Comprehension Questions:
- appy ad
- ari the eep
- is and at
- ThiCan Si
- Rain, Rain!
- Buzzing Bs
- My C
- Spidy Spid
- Here is Gt
- Htie Owl
- A Sht Hen
- Bping Ttle
- Brn C
- , !
- Pup Can H
- Twinkle Tooth Fy
- ‘‘ Word Search
- ‘‘ Word Search
2. Word Work Graphic Organizers:
- Word Sort
- Write the Missing Sounds
- Read, Sort, Write and Circle Sounds
- Find Words To Sort Into These Groups
- Word Family Search
- ‘oy’ Reading Passage (US spelling)
- ‘oy’ Reading Passage (UK spelling)
- Sorting Flash Card Words (flash cards provided)
- Bucket Sort
- ‘ow’ Word Family Hunt
- Digraph Search
- Cut and Paste Activity
- Creating Sentences (US Spelling)
- Creating Sentences (UK Spelling)
- Word Family Sort
- Read Sentences – Highlight Sounds – Draw Your Favorite (US spelling)
- Read Sentences – Highlight Sounds – Draw Your Favourite (UK spelling)
- Which House Family?
- Assorted graphic organizers (can be used with included word lists or any class or book word hunt!)
- Syllable Flash Cards
- Say It – Clap It – Syllable It (word list included)
- Say It – Clap It – Syllable It (blank template)
3. The following SEGMENTING AND BLENDING sound button cards:
- CVC words
- CVCC words
- ar, er, ir, or aw, ur ai, ay, ea, ee, ie, oa, oi, oo words
- Sight Word Flash Cards
Skills covered in this resource are:
- Letter-Sound recognition
- Segmenting and Blending
- Sight Word Recognition
- Reading Comprehension
- Reading Fluency
Suggestions on how to use this resource:
- Create a Reading/Phonics Intervention Binder
- Print all pages (as your masters) and place them in plastic protective sleeves, so that they are in one-easy-to-find binder.
- Use Reading Passages & Questions for literacy centers or whole class
- When working on one-on-one student intervention, have students use a dry erase pen during explicit one-on-one sessions with the teacher or
- Select desired pages to print for
- Use ‘sound button’ word cards to assess which sounds your students know and display a set for your Word Wall or Reading Center Bulletin Board
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- Select the item you wish to upload (eg. PDFs, worksheet, graphic organizers)
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- Tap the green check mark to upload
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