Sugar Aunts: Diagraph Spelling Word Poems

Diagraph Spelling Word Poems

This week the theme in our Second Grade Learning series is Poetry.  We are well into the swing of our school year and second grade Spelling words do need a lot of practice at home.  We decided to create poems using our -CH and -TCH Diagraphs Spelling Word list.  This was a lot of fun for my second grader and I.  She really got into creating rhyming lines of our poetry.  This is one spelling practice technique, we'll definitely be using throughout the year as we practice spelling words and words that sound similar this school year.

Diagraph activity for spelling words.  This activity is for second graders and involves writing spelling word poetry, but these diagraph spelling words can be done with all ages.

Second Grade English Language Arts: Poetry with Spelling Words

(Affiliate links are included in this post.) We started out with our Spelling list for the week, which were words containing the similarly sounding -CH and -TCH ending diagraphs.  These words can be tricky for students to learn because the sound is so alike.  We needed a little extra practice before the week's test, so this poem building exercise was perfect.


Diagraph activity for spelling words.  This activity is for second graders and involves writing spelling word poetry, but these diagraph spelling words can be done with all ages.

We started off by cutting out rectangles of cardstock.  I wrote out each word from the spelling list, adding in a few that contain the -CH and -TCH ending diagraphs.  

Diagraph activity for spelling words.  This activity is for second graders and involves writing spelling word poetry, but these diagraph spelling words can be done with all ages.

We started by sorting all of the words in the pile.  This activity was a good way to review the words and recognize that words with -CH or -TCH rhyme.  We identified several rhyming pairs.

Diagraph activity for spelling words.  This activity is for second graders and involves writing spelling word poetry, but these diagraph spelling words can be done with all ages.

Next, we used the rhyming pairs to create rhyming lines of poetry.  We built a poem by piecing in the rhyming lines.  To do this, we pulled out a pair of rhyming word cards and placed them on our paper.  We wrote lines of the poem around the spelling words, using the spelling word as the ending of the line of poetry.  It was fun for my daughter to come up with lines that used both words of the pair in a way that made sense.  She liked the puzzle of building lines of her poem and wanted to create more.  

To make this a collaboration between the two of us, we took turns creating lines of the poem.  What a fun way to write and create together.  While we wrote, we talked about the rhythm of the lines of our poem.  We discussed the beat of the lines and how that added to our poetry.

Diagraph activity for spelling words.  This activity is for second graders and involves writing spelling word poetry, but these diagraph spelling words can be done with all ages.

Diagraph activity for spelling words.  This activity is for second graders and involves writing spelling word poetry, but these diagraph spelling words can be done with all ages.

What are your favorite ways to learn and practice diapgraphs?  Here are a few fun ways that we discovered by doing this activity together:
  • Write a diagraph poem.  Try it.  It's fun!
  • Sort words by diagraph.
  • Match pairs of rhyming words.  Notice how the matching words (like arch and march) contain many of the same letters.  
  • Use flashcards to do a scavenger hunt.
  • Practice diagraph words with balloons.
  • Make a sensory bin with diagraph words.
  • Use ping pong balls in learning diagraphs.
Stop by and see what the Second Grade Blogger Team have done with Poetry this week:

Classic Poetry for 2nd Graders - from Look! We're Learning 
  9 Poetry Books your child might enjoy - Planet Smarty Pants 
  Hand print Poetry - Creative Family Fun 
  Free Printable Poetry for Fall - Life Over C's 
  Digraph Spelling Word Poems - Sugar Aunts 
  Autumn Fires Copywork - Sallie Borrink Learning 
  Cinquain Poetry for Kids - Still Playing School 
  Solar System Poetry - Rainy Day Mum




2 comments :

  1. This is so clever! I love how your poem turned out!

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  2. What a fantastic activity - I love the rhyming using the digraphs that the kids are working on. We're about to start diagraphs with my youngest in school we'll be using these with her and with my 2nd grader at the same time.

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