There are so many parts when you are learning to read. And diphthong words are just a small part of it.
These are words that kids are going to be learning in second grade or later. Diphthongs can be tough to teach and it is nice to have a few fun things to help learn about them.
These are all my diphthong printables and diphthong activities on the site. You have a mix of hands-on diphthong activities and a few no-prep diphthong activities.
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What is a Diphthong?
Diphthong is a sound formed by combining two vowels in a single syllable. The sound begins as one vowel sound and moves towards another. Diphthong comes from the Greek language meaning two voices or two sounds.
These are words like boy, coin, cloud, and cow
The common diphthongs are: au, -aw, -ew, -oi, -oo, -ou, -ow, -oy.
The sound that diphthongs words make is a long vowel sound. You will often teach the sounds that are similar at the same time. You would teach the following diphthongs together: oy and oi and ow and ou.
As I said before these are normally taught in second grade or later because of how complicated they are. And there is no wrong or right way to teach them.
These are also taught in tandem with vowel team words.
Things to use with the Diphthongs Printable
- copy paper
- white cardstock
- laminating pouches
- colored pencils
- dry erase markers
- lacing letters
- 1 inch ring
- The Clown in the Gown Drives the Car with the Star: A Book about Diphthongs and R-Controlled Vowels
Diphthong Printable Cards
Diphthong Wall Cards has the two diphthong letters, a picture example of the letters, and the matching word for the picture. There is also a Diphthong Wall Cards Selling Set that has a list of words and two sizes of wall cards.
Diphthong Printable Hands-on Printable Activities
Diphthong Ladders is a great spelling activity where kids can make words with diphthongs.
Diphthong Playdough Mats with diphthong letters for building words and mats with pictures and playdough mat for the diphthong vowels.
Diphthong Playdough Mats with Pictures have a picture of the word, a playdough word, trace the word, and write the word for a fun way to work on diphthong.
Diphthong Puzzles has fun puzzles that have a picture and each letter of the word for the puzzle. You have a building mat and a recording sheet for the diphthong words kids build.
Themed Diphthong Hands-on Printables
Winter Fox Vowel Team & Diphthong Matching has a mix of vowel team words and dipthong words for kids to sort and then write.
Diphthong No-Prep Printable Pages
Trace Find & Color Printables has you trace the words and then find the matching pictures before for the words and color them.
Diphthongs Coloring Pages has two coloring pages for each diphthong. You have a trace and color and a write the word and color.
Themed Diphthong No-Prep Printables
Pirate themed Oi & AI trace color and Find! is a great way to work on those vowel with some fun themed printables!
The Diphthongs Small Books are a fun 8 page folding book that kids can use to read, trace and color the diphthong words. You have three words for each diphthong.
Other Diphthongs Printables
You have an older reading series that has some diphthongs and vowel teams words mixed together for kids to learn. You can check out each week to see the diphthongs used in the packs.
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