In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about phonics and the “ch” digraph. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Ch topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching the “Ch” Digraph
The ch Song
Create a song together about the digraph ch. Choose words for your song that include the digraph in the beginning, middle, and end. You may want to set your song to a popular tune or even create a rap! Write the lyrics down together and post them in the classroom. Sing the song several times and have students read along to help increase phonemic awareness and reinforce reading skills.
Challenge your students to go for an hour without using any words with the ch sound. It’s harder than you think! Whenever someone accidentally says a word with ch, write the word down on the board or have students write them in their notebooks. You may want to “accidentally” say a few words during the hour.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching the “Ch” Digraph
The Search for ch
Walk around your home together and look for objects that have ch in their names. Repeat the name and write it together on a sticky note to label the object. You may also want to challenge your child to spell it on his or her own. Remind your child to look for objects that use the sound in the beginning, middle, or end of the word.
Read, Read, Read
Read a book together out loud. Then go back and have your child look for words that use ch. If possible, have him or her write the words down in a notebook. For new words, have him or her draw a picture to illustrate the word. Go back to the list to review the words and add new words as you read more books together.