Activity for ages 7 to 9.
If you’re teaching kids about dipthongs (two letters that make one sound like OI in the word “coin”), these free dipthong clip cards are a must-try literacy center or word work station. They’re easy to prep and fun to play!
To prep, I simply printed the cards on cardstock to give them extra durability and cut them apart.
I wanted the kids to be able to self-check their answers, so I flipped the cards over and drew a dot in the correct clipping spot so kids could easily see if the pins were in the right place later.
Note: If you’ll be using the cards in a classroom, you may want to laminate them.
To begin, I placed the dipthong clip cards in the center of the table along with a small basket of clothespins.
I explained to the kids that some dipthongs like “oi” are often found in the middle of words while dipthongs like “oy” are often found at the end of words.
I grabbed the top card in the stack and pointed to the picture. “This is a paw,” I explained. “I hear the /o/ sound at the end of the word. What dipthong makes the /o/ sound?”
I pointed to each of the three choices, read them out loud and had the kids repeat after me:
With a show of hands, the kids unanimously picked choice #3: AW. We clipped the card and grabbed the next one in the pile.
After completing a few more examples as a group, I placed the cards and clothespins at a table so students could work on it independently.