Activity for ages 5 to 7.
Our snowball digraph puzzles are a fun, hands-on winter literacy center or word work activity. Just match the digraph to a word that starts with it. No snowsuit required!
To prep, I printed the Snowball Digraph Puzzles (below) on cardstock and laminated them for extra durability. I wanted to be able to use the center year after year.
Once I finished laminating, I cut out the puzzles. I found it easiest to cut out each puzzle in its completed shape and then go back and cut apart the individual pieces.
Snowball Digraph Puzzles (below) contain 15 different puzzles, covering the following digraphs: ch-, ph-, sh-, th-, and wh-.
Each digraph has three picture puzzles, with two pieces each. One piece has a digraph and the other piece has a picture of something that contains the given digraph.
Exposure is key when you are teaching and/or reviewing concepts and Snowball Digraph Puzzles does just that.
To start, have students pick a picture card from the puzzle pieces. One student chose the shark puzzle piece.
She then had to search through the pieces and find the “sh” puzzle piece.
After that puzzle piece was completed, she searched for another -sh word.
This time she found a sheep. Once she chose the sheep, she had to again search for the -sh puzzle piece.
Repeating tasks similar to this may seem silly and a waste of time, but that is actually not the case at all. Repetition allows your students to repeatedly see that the “sh” sound in sheep, shark, or ship goes with the letters “sh”. This will be ingrained in their heads and serve as a great visual when it comes time to apply this knowledge in other ways.
If you have students that you think may become overwhelmed with having all fifteen puzzles out at once, start small. You can have them sort only one puzzle per digraph at first. As they master those, add more into the center. We want to set our students up for success and not frustrate them in the process.