Here’s a question for you: How do you teach students about the digraph /qu/? Like many things, lots of varied practice—and keep it fun.
My kids always love sound scrambles. They feel like a game, but teach kids to put sounds together in the correct order to spell words.
Write the jumbled /qu/ words on the board, keeping the letters for each sound together:
ee qu n
l t qu i
d qu s i
ck qu a
i z qu
With each, share an image from clip art or a quick sketch to help students figure out the words queen, quilt, squid, quack, and quiz.
Alternatively, you can give clues to help students figure it out: “This is a woman ruler. She often wears a crown.” or “This goes on a bed to keep you warm.”
If you are using this to introduce the lesson, students might use posters or the word wall to help them sort out the words. If you are doing this for later practice or assessment, you may choose to cover up or remove /qu/ words displayed in the classroom.
Done for you /qu/ digraph activities
When my students struggled with /qu/ digraphs and needed additional practice, I discovered that there weren’t a lot of /qu/ resources out there. The Digraph /Qu/ Activities, Games & Worksheets pack fills the bill.
If you’re looking for a resource to round out your teaching and practice of digraph /qu/, you want it to meet some /qu/ criteria: quantity, quality, quick.
With the Digraph /Qu/ Activities, Games & Worksheets pack, you get 24 pages of activities, games, and worksheets, including:
- 2 posters for the digraph /qu/
- 8 word wall cards
- 10 activities and worksheets including:
- Cut and Match
- Draw the Words
- Draw and Match
- Un-Jumble the Words
- Choose the Correct Spelling
- Find the Words
- Word Hunt
- Word Triangles
- Finish the Sentence
- Jumbled Sentences
- 2 games including:
- simple /qu/ bingo
- advanced /qu/ bingo
All of these resources are appropriate for grades K–2. I’m an experienced teacher and literacy specialist, and I put lots of thought into making resources that work for kids. And other teachers love them. Here’s what a few had to say:
- “I had a few students struggling with “qu” and this was perfect!”
- “My dyslexic student who excels at art especially enjoyed the draw and match activity! Thanks”
- “Love these hands on games. They are so engaging. Great for fresh, new ideas.”
Maybe you thought you were all set, but realize your students need more practice. Or you were going to create some worksheets of your own but ran out of time. Been there, and I’ve got you covered. When you get the Digraph /Qu/ Activities, Games & Worksheets pack, you can download it immediately upon purchase. Just print the pages you need and you’re good to go!
And if you need activities and games for /qu/ digraphs and more digraphs too, get the Ultimate Digraph Teaching Kit here. It brings together more than 200 pages of resources ready to print and use, covering 10 common digraphs!