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Vowel Digraphs Worksheets and Teaching Resources

by Chris Gunn

Unit 1: Digraphs AI, EA, EE , OA, and OO (as in moon)



Vowel digraphs are combination of vowels that combine to make a single vowel sound like the OA in boat, the AI in rain, the EE in feet, the EA in sea, and the OO in moon. (The digraphs AW, EW, OW, OU, and OO as in wood are covered in vowel digraphs unit 2).


I usually teach vowel digraphs after teaching long vowel bossy E patterns, but it is not essential to follow this order. However, it is probably best if kids have a good grasp of CVC words and consonant digraphs before going onto vowel digraphs.  

Vowel Digraph Spelling Worksheets: These spelling sheets contain words with the vowel digraphs. I generally introduce two or three new words every day to highlight or reinforce a particular pattern.

Vowel Digraph Card Games: These cards can be used to play memory and fish while at the same time reinforcing vowel digraph patterns. The words are mostly taken from the spelling sheets above.

Vowel Digraph Bingo: A bingo game that helps students decode words with the vowel digraphs. There are no pictures in this game as the emphasis is on decoding skills.

Vowel Digraph Say and Spell It Game: A fun game for reviewing vowel digraph words as well as the word skills of rhymes with and contains.

Vowel Digraph Word Searches: 10 word searches from the phonics wordsearches section that reinforce the EE, EA, OO, OA, and AI patterns. They come with two grids, easy and normal, so as not to frustrate younger learners.

AI Search Easy      EA Search Easy     EE Search Easy     OA Search Easy     OO Search Easy

AI Search Norm    EA Search Norm    EE Search Norm    OA Search Norm  OO Search Norm

Space Aces Vowel Digraph Game: A surprisingly fun game in which kids go on missions to vowel digraph planets and save the Earth by reading words of a given pattern.

Vowel Combination Worksheets: A collection of worksheets that cover vowel digraph patterns such as OA, EE, EA, OU, OW, AI, EW, and OO.

Dragon Words with Consonant Digraphs (links below): Sets of flashcards with consonant digraphs and no pictures for an emphasis on decoding. These cards come from the Dragon Words Section.

EE   EA   AI   OA  OO   AY   OY  cOW    OU   EW   AW   OI  snOW  

Vowel Digraph Rhymes: A simple rhyming worksheet that reviews vowel digraph rhyming words from the card game above.

Vowel Digraph Unit Spelling Test Generator: Generate as many spelling tests as you want for review or for actual testing of words in this unit. Refresh to get a new test.

Phonics Monsters Game (Vowel Digraph Version): This is a great game for reinforcing decoding skills. I also use these cards as my standard set of flashcards when introducing and practicing phonetic patterns.

Vowel Digraph Unit 2: More vowel digraph resources and activities for teaching AW, EW, OW, OU, and OO as in foot.



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