Vowel Digraphs in Phrases, Sentences and Stories
Welcome to the world of vowel digraphs. We will guide you all throughout this module. I hope you will enjoy reading and answering the activities here with the help of your learning buddy. They could be your mother, father sister, brother or anyone in your house that could help you.
Vowel digraphs include those that are simply doubled letters, such as the oo in moon and the ee in feet. Note that these digraphs represent a sound that is different from the sound made by a single instance of the letter alone, such as o in hot or e in bed.
Other vowel digraphs are combinations of two different vowel letters that together represent a single sound, such as oa in coat, ai in rain, and ea as in peach. More challenging still for the learner are vowel digraphs that may represent more than one sound, depending on the word. For instance, the oo in moon is pronounced differently from the oo in book.
In addition, there are several digraphs that actually represent diphthongs, or two vowel sounds combined into one. For instance, the vowel digraph ou as in pout or oi as in coin represent a combined vowel sound that is really one vowel sound moving into another. No wonder new readers work so hard to master vowel digraphs!
Finally, another diphthong that many teachers group with vowel digraphs are the sounds represented by a vowel letter plus the letter w or y, which together spell a vowel sound. Consider the digraph ow in the word grow or cow, ou in the word cloud and oy in the word toy - again, one sound moving into another.