Phonics

WHAT IS a diphthong ?

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What is a diphthong?

A diphthong is a sound that is created by two vowels that are in the same syllable. The first vowel directs the way the sound starts, and the second vowel directs the way the sound ends, all across one syllable. If the shape of the mouth changes as you pronounce a vowel-based syllable, it's a good bet you're looking at a diphthong

Sometimes diphthongs are represented by two letters, but not always. Sometimes, they are called "gliding vowels."

DIPhthong EXAMPLE

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There's a diphthong in cow, /aʊ/.

Note how your mouth starts at a wide open position for "ow" and ends in a more rounded position.

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Examples:

Europe

The "Eu" maps to a diphthong, with the vowel sound starting one way and ending another.

Mouth

The "ou" maps to a diphthong, with the vowel sound starting one way and ending another.

Day

The "ay" maps to a diphthong, with the vowel sound starting one way and ending another.

Fair

The "ai" maps to a diphthong, with the vowel sound starting one way and ending another.

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The Bitmoji Classroom is here to stay. Classroom materials need to be more visual and exciting. Post these examples on your Bitmoji Classroom Bulletin Board or Whiteboard. Have students collaborate with a classmate, correcting each other on printable assignments and quizzing their partners! 

They're perfect for sharing to Google Classroom. Or save them to Google Drive and build a handy phonics folder.

Use an app like Seesaw’s record function to read examples aloud. Use Seesaw’s QR code function with our downloadable phonics sound chart (coming soon!) – perfect practice for parents and students who need correct pronunciation. 

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Read our report on the Science of Reading (coming soon!). Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview on the neuroscience and academic research on how children learn to read. 

It provides an easy-to-understand overview on phonics and phonemic awareness, why it’s important and how it’s used in the classroom. Share it with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!

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