The University of Iowa

Foundational Skills: Phonics and Word Recognition

ABCs for alphabet instruction

The ABCs of Alphabet Instruction

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: January 26, 2021
Things students should know about letters and why it is important that they know them for reading development.

Consonant Digraph Cards

Cards that can be printed and used as part of a lesson teaching students to read, say, and spell words that have consonant digraphs. These cards feature the consonant digraphs ch and sh.

PDF iconConsonant Digraph Cards

Spell the Word

This handout for practicing reading and spelling words with consonant digraphs contains pictures and partially spelled words that contain either the ch or sh digraph. Students will fill in the blank with the correct digraph to complete the spelling for the word that names what is shown in the picture above it.

PDF iconSpell the Word

Word Box Template

A graphic organizer designed to help students determine which letters represent the sounds heard in a given word. A graphic representing the word is provided with blank spaces for each sound to be filled in. Both a three-space and six-space word box are included.

PDF iconWord Box Template