This Level 5: Digraphs & Diphthongs Bundle includes 15 pages:
Page 1: Digraphs & Diphthongs I Sort for: Short & Long oo & ou
Page 2: Digraphs & Diphthongs II Sort for: aw , oi , & ou
Page 3: Digraphs & Diphthongs III Sort for: au , ow , & oy
Pages 4-14: Additional Word Study Resources
Level 5 Word Study Scope and Sequence
Word Study Procedures
Word Study Day by Day Teacher’s Guide / Lesson Plans including independent and small group activities and games.
Word Study Student Sheet
Word Study Homework Agenda
Word Study Parent Letter
Page 15: Answer Key
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Is it a Digraph or is it a Diphthong?
The Greek root “di” at the beginning of both words digraph and diphthong means two.
Digraphs can be either vowel or consonant digraphs where two letters combine to make one sound.
We have already worked with the consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, wh, ph, ng and ck. Vowel digraphs include ai, ay, ee, ea, ie, ei, oo, ou, ow, oe, oo, ue, ey, ay, oy, oi, au and aw.
It is important to remember that a diagraph is the combination of the two letters, NOT the sound the two combined letters make, since the Greek root “graph” means written.
Diphthongs are of only one kind, since a diphthong is a vowel sound that is produced when the tongue moves from one vowel sound toward another in the same syllable. When two vowels are combined in a Diphthong, the sound produced is not necessarily the sound of either vowel present. “phthong” means sound and in diphthong refers to the sound made by two parts. The most common diphthongs include: “oi” as in boil, “oy” as in toy, “ow” as in howl, “ou” as in cloud, “ew” as in new and “oo” as in cool.
Of course, all word study is based on the continuing assessment of students’ individual needs.