What is a digraph and split digraph?

Last week during our Celebration of Learning conferences I had a few parents ask me what digraphs and split digraphs are. Their children have been trying to explain what they are and how they are used. but there seems to be some confusion.

I thought I would send home a couple of posters for you that you can print off if you wish, which may help you. I have also put the definitions to both terms below. 

If you have any further questions regarding these terms please do not hesitate to ask.

 

 

digraph is two letters (two vowels or two consonants or a vowel and a consonant), which together make one sound (as in the words tail, boat, found or read).

 

When a digraph is split by a consonant it becomes a split digraph.  For example:

  • wrote – the 'oe' here make one sound. The 'oe' digraph is split by the 't'
  • lake – the 'ae' here make one sound. The 'ae' digraph is split by the 'k'.
  • complete – the 'ee' here make one sound. The 'ee' digraph is split by the 't'.

 

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