These bright, hands-on digraph wheels make a wonderful literacy center focused on learning common digraphs such as CH- and SH-.

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Getting Ready

To prep for the activity, I began by printing the digraph wheels on cardstock to give them extra durability. Then, I cut around the outside border of each circle.

I wanted the kids to be able to self check later, so I clipped the correct answers with clothespins, turned each card to the back and colored a small dot to mark the correct clipping spots.


I ran them through my laminator for added strength and filled up a small basket with clothespins.

That’s it! We were ready to play.

Digraph Wheels Play

I began by laying out the digraph wheels next to the basket of pegs.

I grabbed the QU- wheel and asked the kids to place a peg on all the pictures that had a “qu” sound. Students quickly spotted the queen picture and placed a peg on it.

I assisted the kids by saying the less familiar words such as “quill” and “quail.” They listened carefully to each word and placed a peg on the other pictures that started with a “qu” sound: quilt, quarter and quiet.

Children continued playing with the other digraph wheels until they were finished. Then, they turned over the cards to check their answers.


For those early finishers, I challenged the kids to think of other words that contained each digraph. It was amazing what a long list we made!

The kids in my class loved solving the digraph wheels and the activity became a fast favorite at our literacy center!

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