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Diphthongs: complete the word

Diphthongs: complete the word


Two letters blended together can make a long vowel sound. These are sometimes called diphthongs.

Diphthong examples:

and oy are different spellings that make the same vowel sound.

Ow and ou are different spellings that make the same vowel sound.

Download our Diphthongs Chart below.

Complete the words to match the pictures. Is the word missing oi or oy? Is the word missing ow or ou? How do you know which diphthong to choose? This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.



Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!