Diphthongs – Vowel Teams that (usually) make new sounds

This is one section of a Phonics Kit that you can create. Many of the resources are provided by the websites below for personal or classroom use. See the full post for more resources!

Vowel Teams that (usually) make new sounds (diphthongs) AU/AW, OO/OO, OU/OW, OI/OY

These vowel combinations are (mostly) not short or long, but make completely different vowel sounds. (OI/OY & OU/OW are formed with mouth positions that change, the definition of diphthong. AU/AW & OO/OO may be called vowel digraphs – two letters that combine to make one sound)

Note that AU/AW is a diphthong that makes a Short O sound, and that OW can also make a Long O sound in some words (like know and blow). Exceptions: OU can say OR like in pour or OO like in soup. It also makes a different sound when followed by the letters ld or gh.

WATCH Turtle Diary: AU/AW (3:53), OI/OY (4:06), OU/OW (3:51). Kizphonics: OO (2:32) & OI/OY (0:59). Hooked on Phonics Practice (2:04) Kids vs Phonics:  OO (1:21), OO Long (1:44),  OI (1:33), OY 1:40), OI & OY (3:13), OU (1:36), OW (1:54).

LISTEN and play Diphthong words at Quizlet

Diphthong Chart from boostforreaders

Vowel Digraph Flashcards from Lanternfish ESL, Diphthongs pictures from flyingintolearning (OI/OY & OU/OW)

SORT OI/OY picture sort at classroomfreebies, AU/AW word sort from School is a Happy Place, OO/OO word sort from themeasuredmom.

PLAY Printables: OI/OY Piggy Diphthong game from Oh My Little Classity Class, Gurgling Gargoyle game from Adrian Bruce

Please note that many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Puffin browser.

PLAY Online Games: other vowels at galacticphonics.com + Symbaloo. Diphthongs at SadlierConnect (pc only).

Teach reading skills using hands-on, fun activities: memorable introductions to patterns with fun rhymes, 16 games,  24 worksheets, 11 word sorts and more. Learn more about the Phonics Toolkit available at Teachers Pay Teachers and get your copy today!

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