Digraph Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about vowel digraphs with this lesson plan. Define what a digraph is, then have students view and create samples of vowel digraphs. Finally, apply learning with a fun game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'vowel digraph'
  • list and identify vowel digraphs
  • demonstrate understanding of vowel digraphs by playing game


  • 50 minutes


Key Vocabulary

  • Digraph
  • Diphthong

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.3

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


  • Write the words 'say,' 'hey,' and 'rain' on the board. Ask students to share what these words have in common. Discuss how sounds can have the same sound but be spelled very differently.
  • Now zoom in on the spelling of these three words. Explain that sometimes two vowels can come together to make one sound. Brainstorm other examples and list on the board.
  • Watch the first section of the lesson Vowel Digraphs: Definition & Examples 'What is a Digraph?' Check comprehension by asking:
    • What does the word 'digraph' mean?
    • What is a digraph?
  • Brainstorm examples of consonant digraphs. Ask students if they find vowel digraphs more challenging.
  • Now watch the next section 'Common Vowel Digraphs.' As you read, make notations on the board or chart paper notating the different types of digraphs to refer back to later.
  • Have students take a look at the vowel chart in the lesson. Identify words/digraphs you have already listed on the class chart, then fill in with some you missed.
  • Watch the section 'Teaching Techniques' with students, listing methods students can use to help remember each under the correct column from your previous notes.
  • Finally, watch the Lesson Summary. Check for understanding by giving students a few words and having them identify as containing a vowel digraph (by a 'thumbs up') or not ('thumbs down').

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