Kids will love solving these ice-cream digraph puzzles! This set of free puzzles features both beginning and ending digraphs.
A digraph is a pair of letters that make one sound.
Try sounding out a word such as "ship" and you'll find there are only three sounds /sh/ /i/ /p/ . The individual letter sounds of /s/ and /h/ can't be heard so it's a digraph. Whereas if you can still hear the individual sounds of a letter combination such as "fr", for example frog /f/ /r/ /o/ /g/, then it's a blend.
Some well known digraphs are "sh", "th", "wh", "ch", "ph" and "qu".
Print the ice-cream digraph puzzles on cardstock or use a for added durability. Next, cut them out and sort them into two sets - beginning digraphs and ending digraphs.
HINT: I store mine in zip lock bags with an attached label (included).
Explain to the kids that beginning digraphs are found at the start of a word and that ending digraphs are found at the end of a word.
Next, lay out the puzzles. Model what to do by saying something like "My ice-cream has /sh/", then find the matching piece and say "Ship begins with /sh/".
Then ask the kids to read the rest of the digraph ice-creams and find the cones with the matching pictures.
Ask a child to pick their favorite ice-cream puzzle. Then see if they can think of any other words that begin or end with that digraph.
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