This hands-on, vowel digraph resource is perfect for word work or literacy centers! It includes word building mats, puzzles, and cut and paste printables to help your students practice spelling with vowel teams, vowel pairs, and diphthongs.
Activities for the following words are included:
• long a vowel digraphs ai and ay
: tail, rain, sail, nail, paint, snail, mail, pail, lay, hay, pay, ray, tray, pray, spray, say
• long e vowel digraphs ee and ea
: read, team, tea, meat, beach, peach, leap, seal, feet, feed, peek, peel, sheep, weed, queen, wheel
• long i digraphs ie and igh
: fight, light, night, tight, knight, high, die, lie, pie, tie, dried, fried
• long o vowel digraphs oa and ow
: goat, loaf, soak, road, toast, float, roach, coach, bow, bowl, mow, blow, grow, crow, snow, throw
• variant vowel digraphs oi and oy
: boil, coin, coil, oil, soil, oink, point, poison, joy, toy, boy, soy, oyster, royal
• variant vowel digraphs ew and ue
: glue, fuel, cue, duel, clue, blue, dew, flew, new, pew, screw, grew
• variant vowel digraphs au and aw
: launch, haul, haunt, vault, sauce, pause, claw, paw, yawn, crawl, straw, saw, lawn, draw
• variant vowel digraphs ow and ou
: down, howl, crowd, owl, growl, cow, frown, clown, loud, couch, flour, pound, snout, south, out, cloud
• variant vowel digraph oo
: look, book, cook, hook, wood, hood, foot, woof, moon, hoop, tools, roof, boot, food, tooth, broom
Here’s how to prepare and use the activities in your classroom:
- To prepare these puzzles, laminate and cut out the pieces along the solid lines. If you are making multiple sets, I suggest using a permanent marker to place a small colored dot on the back of each piece in a given set. This makes it easy to keep the sets together if groups are working in close proximity and will save you time later. Two recording sheet options for each vowel and mixed practice options are included. If you do not wish to use the recording sheets, you can make these activities self-checking by writing the word on the back of the top piece.
Word Building Mats
- To prepare these mats, laminate the cards and cut in half if desired. Cards can also be placed in a sheet protector to prolong their use. Students will take a card, look at the picture, and build or write the word. Sound boxes are provided. Magnet letters work well for this activity, but it can also be done as a write-and-wipe activity using dry erase markers. Two recording sheet options for each vowel and mixed practice options are included. One sheet asks students to record just the words built. The other also asks them to write a sentence using one of the words. If you do not wish to use the recording sheets, you can make these activities self-checking by writing the word on the back of the card. I recommend going over the pictures as a whole group before doing this as an independent center activity.
See, Build, Write Cut and Paste Printables
- Students cut and paste letters from the bottom of the page to build a word matching the picture shown and write the word. Each printable page contains four words to build and write. One page is included for each commonly paired set of vowel digraphs: ai/ay, ee/ea, ie/igh, oa/ow, oi/oy, ew/ue, au/aw, ow/ou, and both sounds of oo. These work nicely as a quick assessment tool. Just print and go!
This resource is included in the following bundles: Vowel Digraph Bundle
and Let's Build Bundle
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- Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles