What are consonant digraphs?
Consonants are all letters in the alphabet apart from the vowels a, e, i, o, and u.
b c d f g h j k l m n p q r s t v w x y z are consonants
A digraph is two letters that make just one sound.
A consonant digraph is two adjacent consonants that produce one speech sound. They are not blends.
c and h are two consonants that come together to form a new sound, the /ch/ sound. I usually tell children that when ‘c’ and ‘h’ come together, they form a new sound, /ch/. It is the sound that a moving train makes (choo-choo). We make this sound when we sneeze (a-choo!). It is a good way to introduce this digraph to kids.
Today, I will be sharing the first pack for the ch digraph.
The first is a read and color worksheet. You will read words that begin with /ch/. The /ch/ words are in a large font and can be colored. I would suggest coloring only /ch/ sound in each word so that the child understands that these two words are read together.
The next worksheet is one of my favorites. Cut the letter tiles and spell the word by sticking the tiles. Children love to stick and these worksheets are especially helpful when two letters come together to form a sound. The child has to say ‘ch’ and then form the sound and then stick it. It is a great activity before they begin writing the ch words.
Read the ch words, color the picture tiles, cut the picture tiles, and paste them under the right word.
Read the sound ‘ch’ word bank and write the words under the pictures, color the pictures.
Now comes the ‘nch’ sound. This can be slightly more confusing for kids than ‘ch’. When writing ‘nch’ most kids forget to add the ‘n’ to ‘ch’ and write it as ‘ch’ only. I thought it will be a good idea to introduce this sound separately to make it less confusing for children.
Read the words ending in ch and paste the pictures.
Match the sound ‘ch’ and ‘nch’ words to the pictures.
Cut the ‘ch’ and ‘nch’ word tiles and then sort the words in the correct box. A good activity to understand the difference between ‘ch’ and ‘nch’. When learners are confused, I make them highlight the ‘ch’ and nch sound and then read the word.
This worksheet has ‘ch’ and ‘nch’ words in sentences. The sentences are jumbled up. Our learners have to unscramble these simple sentences and write them in the space provided. Please tell them that ‘sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a period.’ It will introduce punctuation and make unscrambling easier.
Make the ch words by joining the strips and paste them in the notebook. Cut along the lines. you will get 6 words along with pictures. Now, cut along the dotted lines. Give your child 3 strips for the first word e.g. chop. Let the child form the picture and read the word. stick the word in the notebook and form a simple sentence with a word and write it e.g. Dad chops the log.
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My book about ch words is the other pack that I will be sharing with you.
Circle the pictures with ‘ch sound’ on page 2. The pictures are cheek, chilly, witch, mushroom, chair, charger, ostrich, brush, chew and chimpanzee. On page 3, write ‘ch’ and the words with ‘ch sound.’
The instructions to print are mentioned in the book. This book requires only 2 sheets to form an A5 size (approximately) book. The sheets will be printed on both sides. All the pages are numbered so there will not be any confusion.
In case, you have to print on both sides manually, print pages 1 and 8 and pages 6 and 3 first. On the reverse of pages 1 and 8, print pages 2 and 3. On the reverse of pages 6 and 3, print pages 4 and 5.
Since the print will be on both sides, use a thicker sheet.
On the next two pages, children have to frame sentences using the words given. A sentence begins with a capital letter. This rule will help children understand the first word of the sentence. Sentences end with a period or full stop or question mark or exclamation mark. This will make punctuation rules clear and also help children frame sentences. Do not forget to color the pictures.
The last two pages are for writing sentences. Children have to write sentences with ‘ch words’ whose pictures have been provided. The words are chips, chin, chess, and chick.
This book can be covered over a period of three-five days. I usually like to cover this over a period of three days, two pages each day.
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