Overview of Consonant Digraphs

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    Overview of Consonant Digraphs
    Video Demonstration

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A digraph is two consonants that combine to make one sound. Most of the time that sound is different from the sound that each letter makes individually.

Some common consonant digraphs include: ch, ck, ph, sh, th, and wh. The digraph ck is never at the beginning of a word. The sound /k/ at the beginning of a word is usually spelled c or, less often, k. The digraph wh is never found at the end of the word.

Also, keep in mind that th can make two different sounds: unvoiced, as in think and Beth, and voiced, as in the and that. Teach students that the unvoiced /th/ feels like air over the tongue and that making the voiced /th/ causes the tongue to vibrate.

It is important to teach students how to read and write consonant digraphs to help them identify and use new words, especially those used in the areas of math and science.

Video Demonstration