Get 6 FREE pdf worksheets focused on digraphs Sh, Th, Ch, Wh, and Ck for focused phonics digraph practice. There are 36 decodable sentences to match with bright pictures to confirm meaning, all while building fluency AND comprehension!
Common Digraphs: Sh, Ch, Th, Wh, Ck
What are Digraphs? Digraphs are two letters that come together to form one new sound.
The most commonly used consonant digraphs, and therefore the ones we teach first, are sh, ch, th, wh, and ck.
Young readers need to practice decoding sentences that include these digraphs. We’re sharing 36 decodable digraph sentences as a simple and meaningful way to promote focused phonics skills practice.
👉 Note: The digraphs are underlined here for your convenience. Use them for sentence dictation or print our free read & match worksheets below!
Digraph Sh Sentences
- The shell had a crab in it.
- Josh likes to shop with cash.
- She is in a rush and did a mad dash.
- The trash is in the shed.
- I can wish for a fish.
- Tish has a rash on her shin.
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Digraph Ch Sentences
- We had such fun on the bench.
- Chad has a big chin.
- Do not chug the cup of milk.
- Rich had a chat with Chip.
- Can you check on the chimp?
- Chop the log up into little chips.
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Digraph Th Sentences
- That thing is a sloth.
- I run on the path with Beth.
- When I do math, I must think!
- Mom said to the twins, “Both of you get in the bath!”
- They see a moth that is red.
- Seth is tall and thin.
- A duck can quack.
- Rick and Jill had a black cat.
- Jack can kick the ball.
- Mom tells me to lock the back door.
- Quick! Pick up the sack.
- Go on the deck to see a flock of birds.
👉 Remember to teach the spelling rule for digraph CK! “Long Spelling Right After Short Vowel.”
- I like to play whack a mole.
- I got a whiff of lunch. Yum!
- Do not whine when you fall!
- Did you see the whale when it swam?
- Which twin is which?
- Jess can use a whisk to whip the butter.
Mixed Digraph Sentences
- Why are you in such a rush?
- Rich and Rick go on a ship.
- Look at that black moth on the shed.
- The lunch shop shut down.
- I got a whiff of the trash. Yuck!
- When did she get all that cash?
Read & Match Digraph Worksheets
The worksheets are designed to practice decoding skills AND support comprehension.
All 36 sentences follow predictable VC patterns (vowel/consonant) and include common high-frequency words.
These printables are designed to ensure that children are practicing reading for meaning. They also allow kids to practice reading fluency.
How to use them with students:
- Begin by creasing the paper and folding the pictures underneath. We want students to first read the sentences without relying on picture support.
- Children underline the words with digraphs and then read the sentence.
- After reading each sentence one time, kids unfold the paper to reveal the pictures.
- Children now read the sentences again, looking for a picture that matches the meaning of the sentence. The pictures are used to encourage self-monitoring. If they don’t find a picture that matches, then they should re-read the sentence again or ask for help.
- Once they have read through each sentence and confirmed by finding a matching picture, they can now cut out the pictures.
- Children should re-read each sentence again and place the matching picture in the box next to the sentence. At this point, children will have read each digraph sentence three times!
- Students now read the sentences aloud to the teacher. If they can read the sentences and I can see that the pictures match the sentences, they are given the green light to glue!
ℹ️ Tips & Info
Age Group: These worksheets are perfect for first grade students as they learn digraphs and begin taking off in their reading skills!
- Children need to have the skills required to complete this activity. The ability to read sentences takes more stamina than reading isolated words! They should have a strong grasp on all letter sounds from a-z, the ability to blend CVC words with three phonemes, and a good sight word bank including common High-Frequency Words.
- Grab your scissors and a glue stick! If you print in black and white, then have your students to color in the pictures for extra fun!
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