Digital Beginning Digraphs Sorting Activity
As students build upon their beginning of the year literacy skills, they’ll start working with digraph sounds. Digraphs are different than blends because the 2 letters in digraphs make one sound together, such as the digraphs ch, sh, th, and wh. On the other hand, blends are 2 letters that make 2 separate sounds, such as bl, gr, st, and tr.
As students learn these digraphs, they’ll be able to sound out more words and add to their vocabulary. This beginning digraphs sorting activity will give kids an exciting, digital way to work on listening for digraphs in words and identify words that begin with digraphs.
This activity is a great alternative to a pocket chart sorting activity and makes a great option for digital learning.
This digraph word sort activity is developmentally appropriate for kindergarten, first, and even second-grade students. This activity helps students build decoding skills.
This activity has a non-seasonal theme, so it can be used at any time of year. This is perfect as some students may be ready to use it before others depending on skill level. The pictures are in full-color, making them easy to identify for students.
As students sort the pictures that contain the beginning digraph on each page, they’ll use critical thinking and letter sound skills to determine which pictures belong and which do not.
Setting Up the Beginning Digraph Sorting Activity in Google Slides
Students may use Google Slides™ to do this activity.
The download file includes a detailed guide with instructions and pictures on how to use this activity with your students, but it is quite simple to do.
If you are a instructor or teacher, you will want to copy the Google Slides assignment to your Google Drive and save it as a master copy.
Make sure that you click the dropdown next to the attachment. Pick the “Make a copy for each student” option.
Setting Up the Beginning Digraph Sorting Activity in Seesaw
Students can also use this activity in Seesaw, if you would like.
You will click the Seesaw specific link in the download file. When you arrive at the activity, you will need to click the “Save Activity” button. Then you will assign the activity to your students.
This digital activity contains 8 different slides of digital digraph cards. Each slide has a beginning digraph of focus, covering these digraphs throughout the entire activity: ch, th, sh, wh, kn, wr, qu, ph.
Each slide has 5 digraph picture cards. The students will look at the beginning digraph and determine which 3 picture cards belong. They’ll drag and drop the picture sorting cards into the boxes on the slide.
Since each slide works on a different digraph, you can assign different students or small groups of students different slides and digraphs to work on. For example, one group may need to work solely on the first digraphs introduced, such as the sh and ch digraph while others need more practice with the kn and qu digraph. This activity allows you to reorder slides and delete slides in order to meet your students’ needs.
The directions are simple for students, making this activity easy to incorporate during whole group, small groups, literacy centers, or independent practice. They can even use this as an early finisher or morning work activity. To encourage independence and responsibility, there is an answer key on the last slide so students can check their own work and make corrections as needed.
I hope this digital beginning digraphs activity helps your students’ literacy skills soar this year. They’ll be reading more words in no time and building confidence along the way!
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