Consonant Digraphs

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11 sets of word cards for practising consonant digraphs. The sets include: ch, ck, kn, ph, sh, tch, voiced and voiceless th, wh, wr, and double letters.

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Help your students achieve the next level of reading skills by teaching them these common letter pairs after they’ve mastered single letter sounds!

What is a digraph? A digraph is a combination of two letters that spell one sound. Two letter blends, by contrast, have two letter sounds.

These sets are all consonants digraphs (except TCH, which is technically a trigraph).

If you are teaching digraphs with vowels (ay, oa…), take a look at the Long Vowels Sounds word sets, too.

 

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Word list for the CH word set.

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27 cards.
This set contains words with initial or final /ch/ sound and short vowels.

Words

CH, chaff, champ, chat, check, chess, chest, chick, children, chimp, chin, chip, chop, chug, chunk, bench, bunch, drench, finch, hunch, lunch, much, munch, pinch, punch, rich, such

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Word list for the CK word set.

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This set has 4- and 5-letter words with the final /k/ sound, spelled -ck, and short vowels. This set includes some blends.

Words

-CK, back, Jack, deck, neck, lock, dock, Rick, tick, muck, yuck, black, snack, check, wreck, thick, trick, block, clock, cluck, truck

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Word list for the KN word set.

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This small set has 4- and 5-letter words with the initial /n/ sound spelled "kn", along with short and long vowel sounds.

Words

KN, knee, knew, knit, know, knot, kneel, knife, knock, knight

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Word list for the PH word set.

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These words contain the initial, middle, or final /f/ sound spelled "ph" with long and short vowels.

Words

PH, aphid, gopher, graph, hyphen, Joseph, nephew, orphan, phase, phew, phone, phrase, photo, Ralph, sphere

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Word list for the SH word set.

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These words have the /sh/ sound in the beginning or final position, with short vowels.

Words

SH, shack, shed, shell, shelf, ship, shift, shock, shop, shot, shred, shunt, shut, bash, brush, cash, dash, dish, fish, flash, flush, lash, mash, rash, splash, smash, smush, wash, wish

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Word list for the TCH word set.

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Words in this set have the final /ch/ sound spelled with the trigraph: TCH. One exception: TCH does make an appearance in the middle of ketchup!

Words

TCH, batch, catch, hatch, patch, match, watch, itch, pitch, witch, switch, etch, ketchup, botch, blotch, notch, Dutch, clutch, crutch

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Word list for the voiced TH card set.

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12 cards. Words containing the voiced "th" sound.

NOTE: Voiced and voiceless TH sets have different colour borders, for easy sorting.

Words

TH, that, than, them, then, this, bother, gather, slither

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Word list for voiceless TH word set.

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Words containing initial and final voiceless /th/ sound.

NOTE: Voiced and voiceless TH sets have different colour borders, for easy sorting.

Words

TH, thank, thick, thin, thing, think, thud, three, bath, cloth, moth, math, path, tenth

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Word list for the WH word set.

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Initial /w/ sound with 1- and 2-syllable words. Short and long vowel sounds are included.

Words

WH, wham, wheat, when, wheel, where, which, whimper, whip, whisper, whisk, whisker, while, white, why

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Word list for the WR word set.

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Initial /r/ sound (with the exception of rewrite), spelled "wr". Includes 1- and 2-syllable words with long and short vowels.

Words

WR, wrap, wren, wrath, wreck, write, wrote, unwrap, wrench, wrist, wrong, rewrite, wrapper, wreathe, wrestle, wrinkle, written

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Word list for double letters word sets.

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49 cards. Includes words and double consonant cards.
4-, 5-, and 6-letter words with short vowels sounds and some blends.
Double letters: -ff, -ll, -ss, -zz

Words

FF, cliff, cuff, fluff, off, puffy, sniff, taffy, muffin, LL, bell, sell, tell, chill, pill, spill, still, doll, dull, jelly, scull, silly, Sally, SS, boss, class, dress, fuss, chess, floss, glass, glossy, messy, ZZ, buzz, fizz, fizzy, frizz, frizzy, fuzz, fuzzy, jazz, pizza, puzzle

2 comments for Consonant Digraphs

  1. Jim

    These are great~ I’ve been using your images for many years. Just back refreshing a few lost files and am finding a lot of new material! I wonder if you could eventually couple these words with image sets that go along with them for context.
    Thanks!

  2. Karen

    Hi Jim,
    It’s so nice to hear you’ve found the flashcards useful over the years!

    Yes, it would be nice to have matching image cards to go with the phonics words… that may be a project I try to tackle over winter, but I can’t promise a timeline on that one. Sorry!

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