Diphthongs – Targeted Instruction for Small Groups + Intervention


Booklets that teach key phonics principles during small groups. Learn the how and why behind diphthongs, then practice independently and with a partner.

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These diphthongs booklets provide targeted instruction for diphthongs (oy, oi, au, aw, oo, ew, ue, ow, ou) for your upper elementary students. These booklets use a variety of words (single-syllable and multisyllabic) to teach and provide practice for the different diphthong vowel sounds. Students will learn the different diphthong sounds and will explore and practice the pattern through a mini-lesson, independent practice, and a partner game.

Each Booklet Has:

  • A mini-lesson for the teacher that breaks down the rationale for the short vowels pattern, plus linguistic connections
    • Example from a Mini-Lesson: Diphthongs are two vowel sounds that work together to create a new vowel sound. Diphthongs create a gliding vowel sound, meaning the first sound glides into the second sound, forming one new sound.
    • Linguistic Connection Example: Your mouth and tongue will change as you pronounce the diphthong. For example, the diphthong oy requires you to put your lips in one position for the long o sound, and then move your tongue up to slide into the /y/ sound. The shape of your mouth and tongue position will change when pronouncing this new sound.
  • I Do, We Do, You Do portion of the mini-lesson
  • “Word Exploration” Activity
  • Independent Practice
  • “Mystery Word” Activity (some booklets)
  • Complete the Word Activity (some booklets)
  • Mini Board Game
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Check out these booklets for targeted instructions on syllable types.
For more tips on how to teach phonics, check out Why I Used to Suck at Teaching Phonics.

Included In This Resource:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Five Booklets (one for all diphthongs, one for oy/oi, one for au/aw, one for oo/ew/ue, and one for ou/ow)
  • Answer Key
  • Note: This resource comes as a printable PDF. It is not digital. It is not editable.

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Diphthongs – Targeted Instruction for Small Groups + Intervention


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