Digraphs (H Brothers)

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Digraphs (sometimes known as H brothers)

Digraphs are a pair of letters representing one sound. The consonant digraphs are CH, SH, TH, WH + NG.


Consonant Digraphs may be introduced after learning about Blends and Blending, using short vowels, then adding those with more advanced vowel patterns as they are learned. Download a free Consonant Digraph Word List and Bookmarks at the Super Tutor Tools store at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Note that PH can make the F sound – Kids vs Phonics Video (2:47) & Jack Hartmann Video (2:16). GH sometimes make the F sound, but an I before GH makes a long I sound as in the word light Kids vs Phonics Video (1:23).

-tch ending: the /ch/ sound immediately after a short vowel in a one syllable word is often spelled with -tch. WATCH -tch strategy from Sue’s Strategies, and the video at this post. Catch the Pitch board game and word sort at TeachersPayTeachers.

WATCH Jack Hartmann Digraph Song (3:58), Digraphs at Let’s Start Smart, Kids vs Phonics: CH (1:38) SH (1:28) TH (1:53) TH-Hard (1:42) WH (1:34) & NG (2:02), Hooked on Phonics: CH/SH (6:04), and Simply Phonics (digraphs start @1:28)

LISTEN and play Digraphs at Quizlet

NG as in Sing

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H Brothers Poster from thewisenest

Digraph Picture Sort from Thisreadingmama, SORT for NG from Science Is For Kids
Write the Pattern – see the Bookmark Set Freebie
READ the Pattern – Digraph Sentences from stickyball.net
READ Books: by author Brian Cleary: “Whose Shoes Would You Choose?” “The Thing on the Wing Can Sing” “Spring in the Kingdom of Ying”
PLAY Printable Game from the Measured Mom


Roll, Read, & Keep -free at Teachers Pay Teachers. Mix BAM & SWIPE cards in with consonant digraph flashcards from bogglesworldesl.com.

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 Mozilla Firefox browser.

PLAY Online Games: Beginning & final consonant digraphs at sadlier-oxford (pc only). Digraphs at softschools.com.  Forest Phonics also has some digraphs. Whale game & Crab Catcher game from Literactive. NG: Hula PoolGopher game from Literactive. Digraphs HopperDigraphs Photoshoot and at Education.com with sign-up.

Digraph Word Sort and story and Bossy R and Consonant Digraph Soccer Sort Game at the Super Tutor Tools Store at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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