Games for Digraphs & Trigraphs - 'Battle Words'

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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74 slides (3 games, 3 challenges, 3 fonts)
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  1. These resources are kindergarten games and games for older students. These spelling exercises will give lots of opportunities to think of letter sequences for CVC words, digraphs and trigraphs. They will be thinking of battleships strategies to find the words and then work them out, applying their p
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These resources can be used for kindergarten games and in Grade 1 or above to practice/ practise using trigraphs and digraphs in fun ways so they are engaged in spelling exercises. Learning spellings with multiple letters making one sound and using these accurately can be tricky, so students need lots of opportunities to look at spelling patterns so they can improve these skills and become competent and confident in reading and spelling.

These games are similar to playing Battleships however there is a twist as children have to think carefully of which letters will go with what they know already before they can 'sink' this word.

There are 3 games with 3 challenges and 3 fonts.

Please feel free to play this differently to the instructions provided to suit your students for example making this a timed activity to fit around lesson times, students can always count how many words they have found to win or they can continue play at a different time e.g. at break / free choosing time.

These games will help your students by:

  • applying their phonic knowledge
  • playing and learning at the same time
  • thinking carefully and logically about what letters go with which digraphs and trigraphs
  • choosing words which may be trickier to guess - this will come with practice and students will realise which are easier/harder to work out
  • the competitive element will mean more engagement
  • this is similar to the popular 'Battleships' game so children may well know how to play this without too many instructions
  • children can make up fun names for their game
  • instructions included which helps children be more independent and game can be sent home with these so children can 'teach' their parents/ siblings/ grandparents/ carers how to excel at spelling strategies
  • thinking strategically about where to place their 'Battle Words'
  • decoding digraphs and trigraphs in fun activities
  • having fun with their peers

This will help you:

  • having fun games for your students to apply their phonic knowledge
  • opportunities to teach about digraphs, trigraphs and spelling strategies
  • this gives you a chance to assess children's understanding and skills
  • easy prep - print and play
  • includes instructions for 3 levels so easy to differentiate
  • includes illustrations to clarify instructions if needed
  • only few extra resources needed such as pencils, paper or whiteboard and something to screen the grids e.g. a couple of books
  • if you put this into a zipped up folder with a couple of pencils and some paper it is ready to play with, so ideal to put somewhere for easy access with other literacy games
  • ideal for early finishers or fun games for free choice or times when it rains and children cannot go out - how often does that happen!
  • fun homework
  • home school/ home education
  • resources have U.S. and U.K. spellings separately
  • instructions included so can be left out for students to play with independently or if you have a helper you can hand this resource over without verbal instructions which can be tricky to do if they arrive whilst you are teaching (I found this happened frequently and was grateful for resources I could just hand over with no verbal explanation)
  • ideal fun game for classroom helper to play supporting children - sometimes they just need some time out of class for all sorts reason and something to engage with - this is a fun and educational game that many children will enjoy
  • this is letter size and A4 - suitable for both U.S. and U.K. printers
  • resource in color/ colour and black and white for more printing options
  • separate games and instructions adapted as recommended by the British Dyslexia Association - using Dyslexic font, less distracting elements such as clipart and pastel colored/ coloured backgrounds
  • although you may be teaching digraphs and trigraphs earlier on (Kindergarten/ Grade 1) this would also be a great game for older students to consolidate and think about digraphs and trigraphs carefully which is why I have included Grade 2 as well

To see further options please click on:

⭐ a similar resource for CVC words

⭐ a 'growing bundle' for Battle Words games

A similar game for alternative spellings will be ready soon, please follow me if you are interested. I shall include this in the growing bundle.

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74 slides (3 games, 3 challenges, 3 fonts)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.


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