This differentiated, self-correcting digraph word activity is tiered to meet the various readiness levels of your learners. It also allows you to differentiate instruction in response to those learners in your class who need extra fine-motor practice or who enjoy kinesthetic activities.
Teachers: Copy off all materials and laminate. Cut apart the game cards and fold on the dotted line. Secure the flap with a clothes pin. There are both a set of capital letter cards and lowercase letter cards so that whatever type of beads you have should work for this activity.
There are two sets of playing cards for this tiered activity. The blue set is for students just starting to use digraphs or who have limited experience segmenting sounds. The orange set is appropriate for those students who are ready for more of a challenge with five or six-lettered digraph word cards. Be sure to pre-assess your students to know which tier is appropriate for them. Students will select a card and place it at the top of their playing mat. They will say the word that the picture represents, string the letter sounds in the word and then write the word below. (Please note there are two types of recording mats available so to differentiate based on student handwriting needs.) When they have completed these three steps, they can remove the clothespin from the playing card to see if their answer is correct.
If you are a teacher who likes to have a recording sheet for students to turn in to show their work. I have also included a simple sheet to meet those needs as well.
This activity addresses
Common Core State Standards:
RF.1.2.c Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel and final sounds in single syllable words.
RF.1.2b Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
RF.1.2c Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
RF.1.2d Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).
RF.1.3a Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs
If you are interested in other letter bead activities, please check out these:
Free Letter Bead Starter Kit
Bead it! Dolch Lists 1-11 Beading Fun
Read Bead Write CVC and CVCC/CCVC Bead Fun
See Bead Write Letter Bead Alphabet Fun
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