Lesson Plan

Hungry for the Digraph Th

This quirky lesson will have young readers hungry to identify three and four letter words containing the digraph "th" in Eric Carle's classic The Hungry Caterpillar.
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Young learners are introduced to the digraph th with the lesson plan, Hungry for the Digraph Th. Digraphs are the combinations of two letters that make one sound. In this lesson children will listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and identify the words that begin with the th sound such as the, that, and then. Ideal for kindergarteners and first graders, kids will learn to segment these words, breaking them down into their individual sounds. This will help strengthen their phonological awareness, an important skill to becoming strong readers.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and build common words beginning with the digraph "th".


(10 minutes)
  • Gather students in a common area and read The Hungry Caterpillar as you would normally read a book, pointing out the author and illustrator and making predictions.
  • After reading, inform students that there are many words within the story that begin with the consonant blend “th”.
  • Write the digraph “th” on the dry erase board or chart paper and say the sound /th/. Have the students repeat the sound.
  • Ask students if they can think of any words that begin with the /th/ sound. Call on three or four students.