Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Digraphs and Tongue Twisters

One great way to teach digraphs is through tongue twisters.  Even if your child is not yet reading, tongue twisters are a good tool to use for teaching them auditory recognition of digraphs.

For more on what digraphs are revisit my post on them.

Here are some tongue twisters you can use to help teach digraphs:
  • How much wood could Chuck Woods' woodchuck chuck, if Chuck Woods' woodchuck could and would chuck wood? If Chuck Woods' woodchuck could and would chuck wood, how much wood could and would Chuck Woods' woodchuck chuck? Chuck Woods' woodchuck would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as any woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could and would chuck wood. (To teach CH)
  • She saw Sherif's shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif's shoes on the sofa? (To teach SH)
  • Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday. (To teach TH)
  • Why do you cry, Willy?
    Why do you cry?
    Why, Willy?
    Why, Willy?
    Why, Willy? Why? (To teach WH)
  • Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks. (To teach TH)
  • He threw three free throws. (TH)
  • Chester Cheetah chews a chunk of cheep cheddar cheese. (CH)
  • There those thousand thinkers were thinking
    where did those other three thieves go through. (TH)
  • Thirty-three thousand people think that Thursday is their thirtieth birthday. (TH-good one to use to point out that TH can be at the beginning, middle or end of a word)
  • Fresh fried fish,
    Fish fresh fried,
    Fried fish fresh,
    Fish fried fresh. (SH)
  • If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch? (CH-also teach the difference between CH and TCH)
  • King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb.
    A thousand thistles King Thistle stuck in the thistle of his thumb.
    If King Thistle stuck a thousand thistles in the thistle of his thumb,
    How many thistles did King Thistle stick in the thistle of his thumb? (TH)
  • Which witch snitched the stitched switch for which the Swiss witch wished? (TCH)
  • Thirty-three thousand feathers on a thrushes throat. (TH)
Enjoy!

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