Wh digraph words
If you are unfamiliar with the term, a digraph is simply a combination of 2 letters that make 1 sound. Digraphs can either be a mixture of two consonants or two vowels. This page is focused on wh digraph words.
Digraphs are fantastic for young learners and ESL students who are starting out in their quest for fluent English pronunciation. They are also useful for students who struggle with pronouncing certain sounds and can be used to target these weaknesses.
This page has 2 free PDF printables with 16 different pictures and words. The worksheets are meant to be printed and cut out as cards to use as flashcards for learning games and activities.
The 16 wh digraph words with pictures are –
Sheet 1 – wheel, white, wheat, whale, whistle, what, whisk, and wharf.
Sheet 2 – whiskers, whisper, wheelbarrow, wheelchair, whirlpool, whack, whip, and whittle.
The words have been kept fairly basic to suit younger learners. Although, any new words will hopefully be learned along the way.
For more resources using the w sound check out the L and W minimal pairs, the R and W minimal pairs, and the tongue twisters with W pages here at ESL Vault.
Ideas for teaching the wh words
Apart from using the above printables for flash card games, here are a few more suggestions –
- Cut the words off the pictures so that there are 2 separate pieces and get students to match them correctly. Be sure that they pronounce each word as they match them.
- Ask your class to make sentences containing the wh digraph words.
- See if your students can place the words in alphabetical order.
- As an artistic activity, provide the words to your class and see if they can draw them.
- Print out several copies of the picture cards to play card games such as “snap” or “go fish”.
Wh words list
Here is a wh word list that you may find helpful to create further activities. This list is by no means exhaustive, with a quick online search you can find many more words if you need them.