Two letters blended together can make a long vowel sound. These are sometimes called diphthongs.
Oi 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: complete the word activity below.
Complete the words to match the pictures to the diphthong examples. 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.
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Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among Kindergarteners and First Graders.
To find out more, read our A Deep Dive Into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!