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This Ugly Duckling decodable book builds fluency, phonics, and comprehension skills. Students will get lots of practice reading words with consonant digraphs and answering text-based questions. There are also companion worksheets and literacy center activities.

This resource includes:

  • 20-page decodable reader

  • Pictures to glue into the reader

  • 2 digraphs worksheets

  • 16 word/picture cards

  • Answer keys

Students will practice reading words containing digraphs CK, CH, PH, SH, TH, and WH. There are also many common sight words in the story.


To complete the book, students will:

  • Read a list a sight words found in the story, checking off the ones they know

  • Read the target digraphs producing the correct sound

  • Read the story of The Ugly Duckling

  • Highlight words in the story with the target consonant digraphs

  • Add pictures to the story that support the text (cut and glue)

  • Re-read the story to build fluency

  • Answer comprehension questions about the story

  • Record words they highlighted, sorting by phonics pattern

Skills include:

  • read words with consonant digraphs in context and isolation

  • recall story details

  • use context clues to understand unfamiliar words

  • compare and contrast

  • understand character’s actions and feelings


Each card includes a picture and a word from the story that contains a consonant digraph. The words have elkonin boxes in place of the target letters. Students say the word and determine what digraph is missing. These cards can be laminated and used with dry erase markers in your reading centers. Includes 16 cards.


  • Worksheet 1 – CH and SH

  • Worksheet 2 – PH and TH

Students read and sort words containing digraphs. There are also pictures with words that contain elkonin boxes in place of the digraph. They say the word and fill in the missing letters. These worksheets target similar sounding digraphs to help students learn to discern between them.