In this packet you will find the following learning materials for teaching the 2 sounds of the TH digraph:
-3 Poster with 2 sounds of TH
-Sort header cards to be used together, or alone as you see fit
-20 total sorting cards- 10 for each sound of TH
-3 sorting sheets, to allow you to decide how the students sort the cards
-2 “I Spy” worksheets, where students are asked to read and highlight a set of words and look for words with a specific TH sound only
-2 “Cut and Paste” worksheets, where students are asked to read and cut then paste words under their correct TH sound
-2 forms for “My Book of TH Words” where students will produce (or be given) TH words. They will be asked to identify the sound, use the word in a sentence, and draw a picture of the TH word. The students are given the option to either list the type of TH sound (hard or soft) OR identify another word with the same sound (possibly from the posters or whatever you use in the classroom as your key TH words)
-4 games, each one focusing on 1 of the TH sounds only
-1 game focusing on a combination of the 2 TH sounds
***Please remember that there are NO explicit rules to reading words with the TH sound. The two most standard /TH/ sounds are heard in the words THE versus the sound heard in the word THREE. I usually have my students try one of the /TH/ sounds when reading a word, and if it doesn’t make a real word, or sound correct, I ask them to apply the other “ sound and try again. It is the “trial and error” method of reading…at least until they become stronger readers with larger vocabularies.
** The words listed in the various games and sorts vary in difficulty and other essential phonetic skills including: blends, two-letter digraphs, short and long vowels sounds, silent e, adjacent vowels, bossy R, and some of the 5 rules of Y.
The posters, sort, book, games, and worksheet can be used in the initial instruction, small group, assessments, individual desk work, or literacy centers.
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