Digraphs Summer Sort

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As a teacher, one of the most rewarding things to watch is the academic growth in my learners. They walk in those first days of school maybe knowing how to spell their name and recite the alphabet. But they leave reading entire books. They are so proud of themselves when they move away from just reading CVC words to words with digraphs and blends. But we don’t stop when we leave the classroom. This digraph summer sort is perfect for summer learning!

What is a Digraph?

Maybe you’re new to homeschooling or you want to get ahead for your little learner and you’re unsure of the educational lingo. I’m here to help! A digraph is when two letters form a new sound. There are three major digraphs that are taught early on in the reading process: ch-, sh- and th-.

Add Some Fun!

Adding some fun items, like books and sunglasses, to your lesson always help with the engagement of learning. I like to start off with passing out some fun SHades. There are so many out there, but these sunglasses are my favorites and they are inexpensive. They love taking them home at the end of the day.

While they are wearing their new shades, we read one of my favorite books! Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses is a great read and it goes along with the theme of the activity.

After a fun read, it’s time to introduce the sorting activity. This activity is great to use in small groups or in a literacy center. Most of the time, I start with activities like this in small groups. It’s easier to monitor a small group of students rather than try to show an entire class.

As a quick informal assessment, a printable is included! Another way to use this printable is through picture books! I love letting my little learners choose their choice of books. While they read or look at pictures they can also find words with digraphs and sort them under the correct one.

You can grab this free resource by clicking the download button below!

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