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Word Study List - Trigraphs

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 2

Introduce and explore words with trigraphs using a list of 50 trigraph words.

Tackle Trigraphs with a Printable Trigraphs List

Trigraphs are three-letter combinations that create one phoneme (sound). They can be found at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. This list of 40 words containing some of the more common trigraphs in the English language has been compiled to assist you in implementing your phonics program in your classroom. 

Trigraph Examples Included:

  • dge (as in bridge)
  • igh (as in sigh)
  • ear (as in beard)
  • eer (as in cheer)
  • tch (as in fetch)
  • ere (as in there)
  • oul (as in could)
  • ore (as in store)
  • are (as in care)
  • air (as in flair)
  • ere (as in here)

Multiple Applications for This Trigraphs List

This list of words containing trigraphs can be used in numerous ways to support the diverse needs of your learners during your literacy sessions. Here are some of our suggestions:

Consonant Trigraphs Group Challenge

Place the students into small groups. Provide them with large pieces of butcher’s paper and markers. Provide each group with a different trigraph from the list. Challenge the students to write down as many words as they can think of that contain their assigned trigraph within a set time period, e.g five minutes. The group that comes up with the most words is the word list champion!

Individual practice

Send the lists home so your students can revise decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) the words on the list. Be sure to include only words containing letter-sound correspondences you have already addressed in class.

Combine With a Consonant Digraphs List for Progress Monitoring

When combined with a consonant digraphs list, use this list as a progress monitoring tool to keep track of your student’s phonemic awareness and to identify the digraphs and trigraphs that require further review.

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