Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Word Work Wednesday: Letter Sorts with an Apple Theme

Each week on Ready-Set-Read I share a word work activity in the middle of the week. I call this series, "Word Work Wednesday." Clever, eh? So far I have looked at What is Word Work? and What are Word Families? I've shared  printables and activities to accompany working with word families. It's important to note, word work time in an early literacy classroom often doesn't actually involve any words. Emergent learners often work with picture sorts. Children can sort concepts they learn after reading a particular book or studying a particular theme. For example, during a zoo unit, kids may sort animals by zoo animals or farm animals. Children may also use picture sorts to examine beginning letter sounds, blends, rhyming words, and more. Word work can also be tied to the thematic learning that is occuring in a classroom. Today we are going to talk about the individual parts that make up words, letters, and how students can study letter sounds to improve their understanding of words. I'm going to share how I've created beginning letter and beginning blend sorts for a thematic apple unit.

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Beginning Letter Sound Sorts

word work, beginning letter sounds

For emergent readers, beginning letter sorts will be with picture cards. The teacher will pick 2-4 letters and provide picture cards to model the beginning letter sound. Using a familiar text or a theme that students are studying can be helpful as well. I have created a beginning letter sound sort that is a part of my apple unit in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I'm using this as an example of how to teach beginning letter sounds.

Direct the children on how to sort words bringing attention to the beginning sound. For example, say, "m-m-moon" and elongate the "mmm" as you place the word, drawing attention to the beginning sound.

word work, beginning letter sounds

Use pictures that are clear and will match the child's vocabulary. If a picture is confusing to a child or they consistently call it the wrong word during a sort, take it out of the pile.  The apple set has six clear pictures for each of the four consonants above.
word work, beginning letter sounds


Model the sort, have the child try it independently, and have the child check the sort.


Beginning Consonant Blend Sorts

When studying beginning sounds, students will eventually encounter blends in their reading and writing. These are words like snake, frog, and blue.  Blends can be sorted into 3 groups:

s blends

sn, sm, st, sk

r blends

br, dr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr

l blends

bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl

Begin by comparing blends to single consonant sounds. Then move to contrasting groups of blends. Finally, let children match the beginning blend picture to the written beginning blend. These sorts can be done in the same way as sorting consonant blends. Chose the blends to teach by looking at the child's reading and writing.

Free Printable: Apple Beginning Blends Word Work

I've created a free printable for children to review beginning consonant blends. They can "pick" the picture card and put in the correctly labeled blend basket. This is also a good informal assessment to see if children have any knowledge of beginning blends. You can download this Word Work Activity for Beginning Consonant Blends in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store for FREE!

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Children are usually ready to control consonant blends at the same time they are ready for word families. For more information about word families, including a free printable, check out What are Word Families?




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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Apple Activities on Mom's Library + Giveaway

Happy Fall, Mom's Library friends! Is it fall in your part of the world? Do you get to don sweaters and watch the leaves change where you live? If you don't, put on your imaginary parka and join in anyway. Imagine the air getting a little crisper and the apples and pumpkins beginning to ripen. That's what is going on around here! The boys have been able to pick pumpkins from our own backyard this year. They've also been able to pick apples and pears. We really love the harvest time of year. It looks like we are not alone in our love of fall fruit. Last week on Mom's library, there were so many awesome apple activities linked up, I just had to featured them this week. We've been working on an Apple Unit at home, and I can't wait to add some of these great activities to our unit.

apple unit

Mom's Library
Mom's library is a  linky party filled with parenting tips, activities for kids, stories, crafts, recipes, and more! Plus, each week we host a weekly giveaway.  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss the next Library! Follow the Mom's Library Pinterest Board to see all of our featured posts. Check out last week's Mom's Library for Fall Literacy Activities.

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Featured on Mom's Library: Apple Unit Activities
If you are trying to plan an apple unit, or just enjoy the day after apple picking, check out these awesome snacks, activities, crafts, and printables from Mom's Library participants!

Apple Snacks
apple unit snack

Apple Cinnamon Apple Bowls from Preschool Powol Packets

Apple Activities
apple unit activities


Button Apple Tree Invitation to Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Sensory Play: Ten Apples up on Top from Little Bins for Little Hands
A Sticky Apple Tree Activity from And Next Come L (Guest post on B-Inspired Mama)
Apple Bowling Math Counting Game from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Apple Crafts
apple unit activities

Easy Apple Tree Craft from Play Eat Grow
Apple Tree Collage from Buggy and Buddy
Fall Color Apple Stamp from Happy Hooligans

Apple Printables
apple unit activities

Apples, Apples Color Chant Free Printable from School Time Snippets
Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads from 3 Dinosaurs Free Apple Pack
A is for Apple from DIY with Grant and Kiley
Apple Unit from Ready-Set-Read

Giveaway
I'm very excited to announce this week's giveaway. You have the opportunity to win one lifetime child's membership to Clever Dragons or Always Icecream. Always Icecream and Clever Dragons are online game sites where challenging, self-paced learning meets safe social networking for kids. Always Icecream is a site for girls, and Clever Dragons is a site for boys. They offer the same educational content and activities but on a site where your child will only interact with children of the same sex. Always Icecream and Clever Dragons offer fun and relevant learning for kids in grades preK-8. There are powerful incentive systems for children, a range of parental controls, moderation of user-generated content, and an optional set of social networking all in a safe, controlled setting. Both sites were developed by an award-winning international team of experts under the leadership of educators and parents. You can win a lifetime membership to either site. 
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Apple Unit

Fall is a wonderful time to visit an apple orchard, make applesauce, or read a great book about apples! There are so many fun apple themed crafts and activities for kids. My boys have been loving learning about apples this fall. I'm excited to get to share some of our favorite books, activties, and my apple unit. I'll be updating this post all season, so stop by for a complete list of all of my apple themed activities. I'm also participating in an apple linky party with a group of bloggers. We have over 20 mom bloggers connecting to bring you fun, festive, and creative apple ideas! Also, we would love for you to link up any apple related ideas you would like to share. The topic of apples is great for a preschool theme. Stop by and check out my preschool themes for the entire year!


Apple Unit Resources

Book List for an Apple Unit



apple unit

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Ten Apples up on Top by Dr. Seuss
Apples by Gail Gibbons
Apple Countdown by Joan Holub
The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
Dappled Apples by Jan Carr
How do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Apple themed book activities

Ten Apples up on Top Math and Writing Activity


Apple Unit 

apple unit

Everything you need for a complete apple unit for preK-1 grade students. You'll find literacy activities, math activities, science activities, apple worksheets, and coloring sheets in this packet. This unit includes:
Book list of recommended picture books
Beginning letter sound sorts with an apple theme
Colored apples to use for patterns in math
Craftivity to use with the book, "10 Apples up on Top" by Dr. Seuss-- this includes all of the templates and a header for your bulletin board.
Science inquiry activity-- graphing apple seeds
2 printable early reader books
Apple coloring sheets
You can purchase this unit in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


apple unit



Apple Linky Party


I'm excited to participate in an Apples, Apples, Apples Linky Party hosted by Blessed Beyond a Doubt.  Share your apple themed ideas or find more great resources below.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What is word work?

Each Wednesday on Ready-Set-Read, I am hosting "Word Work Wednesday". I'll be sharing informative articles on word work and offering resources to use during word work with early readers. Word work is a popular component of most early literacy programs. Parents may see the term on a daily schedule for an elementary school class. Teachers may plan it in as one component of the Daily 5 reading program or other program that is being used in class. However, you may still be wondering "what is word work?" Today I'm going to give the basics of word work. I'll offer some examples of word work for early readers in this post. You can find more examples of word work on my Word Study Pinterest board. I'd love if you'd follow while you are there!

Word Work

What is Word Work?

Word work is the time when children have an opportunity to work with words (and letters). This will look different in different classrooms. There are components of phonics, sight words, and spelling. The goal of word work is to learn how words work. Word work is a short period of the literacy instruction time. It should be transfered to the reading and writing component of the lesson. Word work allows children to work to understand patterns in words. It allows children to progress on their own level.

Word Work Vs. Spelling

Word work is different than just spelling, although spelling is one part of word work. When a child learns to spell a set of words, he or she acquires item knowledge. In spelling, you can say, "My child can spell 50 words correctly." Word work is not about acquiring a list of words, but learning how words work. In word study, children sort words by common attributes. They study word patterns. They break words into parts. When children transfer the knowledge from word work to reading and writing, they build reading and writing skills more quickly.
Here is an example of word work with short e word families. Children can sort the words under the correct category. As they sort and read, the children will be able to notice patterns in words. These printables are a part of my short e word work pack.

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Transfering Word Work to Reading and Writing

Word study doesn't have to be lengthy to be effective. Children can complete a quick letter or word sort in about 5-10 minutes.  That word study lesson can be revisited in the child's reading and writing. A child may sort words that rhyme with cat and words that do not rhyme with pet. The child is learning something about onset and rime during the sort. Later in reading and writing, the child will have opportunities to break words into onsets and rimes to decode them or write them independently. The child will draw on the skills learned in word work. The teacher can help coach the child to bring that strategy to mind. Even if the word isn't from the "-et family", the child has still learned a lesson in word work time that will work many other words. Children can transfer this knowledge to writing sorts as well as reading sorts to help make the connection to writing stronger. Here are a few examples of written word sorts and cut and paste activities that involve writing.

word work activities
These worksheets are included in my short e word work pack.
word work activities


Understanding how Words Work

Word work is not about memorizing a set of words that follow a pattern. Word work is about understanding the pattern. Some children will need lots of practice to master a particular word pattern, other children will be introduced to the concept and begin to notice it in many words. Many children do not need to study every single CVC word in every single word family. Some readers will be introduced to the pattern in the word through word sorts, and will begin to understand. Other children will need to do multiple sorts on many word families to grasp the concept. Word work needs to be differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner.

Making Word Work Fun

During word work, children are working with some words they know and gradually adding new words. This provides a sense of confidence for all levels of readers. Word work is best when it is hands on. Children can manipulate letters or word cards. They can build words out of letter tiles. They can draw and write about words. They can play games with words.
Here is a fun game for the short e word family. Children race to 15 to read words that follow the pattern of CVC.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Literacy Activities and Mom's Library

Welcome back to another fun week of Mom's Library. Mom's Library is a linky party that I cohost with TrueAim and a group of bloggers every Tuesday. Stop in to share your best resources for mom, including activities for kids, mom tips, recipes, and more! Each week we also offer a giveaway on Mom's Library! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss the next Library! Follow the Mom's Library Pinterest Board to see all of our featured posts.



Featured on Mom's Library: Fall Literacy Activities






Last week on Mom's Library there were tons and tons of wonderful fall activities for kids. I decided to focus on Fall Literacy Activities for Kids. There are free printables, wonderful books, and activities and crafts to accompany the books.

FREE Fall Emergent Readers by The Measured Mom
Earl the Squirrel Book Activity and Sensory Bin from Little Bins for Little Hands
Trick or Treat Fall Words Memory Game from The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
Fall Felt Tree and Leaves with the Book "The Little Yellow Leaf" from Buggy and Buddy
Leaf Man Art  from Ready-Set-Read

Weekly Giveaway


This week you have the opportunity to win a Melissa and Doug Art Easel. The Melissa and Doug Art Easel makes a perfect gift for any child!  Thanks to Gummy Lump we are giving you a chance to win one!  The wooden art easel features a chalkboard, dry erase board, and paper roll holder.  It also folds up for easy storage.  Your little artist will be creating for hours!


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Word Work Activities

Every Wednesday on Ready-Set-Read, I'm sharing about word work. Last week on Word Work Wednesday I shared "What are Word Families?" as well as a free printable word family list. This week I want to share some hands on ideas for working with words.  Word work activities may include sorting, writing, and games. I've also been pinning resources to Pinterest. You can find lots of activities and games for learning word families. Check out my Word Study: Word Families board. I'd love if you'd follow while you are there!




Word Work Activity: Word Sorts

When teaching word families, children can sort words by word families. Choose 2 word families to sort. Place the anchor word card and picture card at the top of the sort. Explain that the rest of the words should be sorted under the appropriate headers. Model sorting the words. Sort the words, and then read down the list starting with the header each time. Invite the child to try sorting. After sorting, point out features of words or guide children to self correct any mistakes. If you would like premade word sorts, anchor word picture cards, and sorting mats, check out my short vowel packs in my store here. These packs also include the activities below.



Word Work Activity: Cut, Paste, and Write

Children need to transfer word study to writing. You can introduce this by having children write words, label words, cut and paste pictures. Begin with words children know or allow children to draw pictures of words. Children may begin by drawing pictures of words in the -at family. Then they may label pictures. After children become confident at sorting picture or word cards in word study, give the child a word family and have him or her write known words in the correct category. Here is a sample of a word family cut and paste activity.


Word Work Games


Games are also a fun way to work with words. You can create simple board games with words that children need to read. One word work game that is a favorite of my boys is WORD NINJA. This is a game board of short a words. This game involves reading short a words AND writing short a words. Children roll a die and read the word on the space. If the child can read the word correctly, he or she adds it to a word collection page. At the end of the game, players add up the words they have collected. The number of words they collect tells them their "ninja powers".  My son Logan wants to play this again and again, giving him an opportunity to be a different ninja. I love that he'll play it over and over again because it gives him lots of practice reading and writing short a words. This word work game is included in my Short A word work pack. This pack includes word sorts, worksheets, and the game. You can find it in my store here.


Come back next Wednesday for a little extra information on word work versus spelling.



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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mom's Library

Welcome back to another week of Mom's Library at Ready-Set-Read. Each week I cohost Mom's Library with TrueAim and a group of mom bloggers. This is a linky party where you can share activities for kids, recipes, devotionals, tips for moms, etc. Each week we also offer a giveaway on Mom's Library! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss the next Library! Follow the Mom's Library Pinterest Board to see all of our featured posts.





I have to apologize that I don't have a featured post this week. My week took a turn on the wild side when my 3 year old fell out of the top of tree this week. He's fine. He had 8 stitches on his head and one entire side of his body looks like a giant bruise. I've spent a lot of extra time snuggling him and being thankful that his fall was not more serious.
If you would like to see the ideas that were featured from last week, check out one of my fellow librarian's blogs:
TrueAim
Life with Moore Babies
Crystal's Tiny Treasures
iGame Mom
FSPDT
Home is Where They Send Us
Pounds4Pennies
Sara Ella

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This week's giveaway is great for the music loving child. Enter to win a copy of the CD, Grandchildren's Delight and 2 instruments-- a mini washboard and a pair of maracas. Read the review at Crystal's Tiny Treasures to find out how her kids enjoyed these instruments and music. Then enter to win on the rafflecopter below.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Bill Martin Jr.'s Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Are you Waking Up?

The second Monday of every month is the Virtual Book Club for Kids. I love participating with other kid bloggers to bring you the best of children's literature. Each month we choose one author, announce it at the beginning of the month, and then share our ideas on book club Monday. Everyone is invited to participate. If you have a blog, feel free to link up your ideas below. If you don't have a blog, you can still participate. Share your ideas in the comments or on my facebook page. Plus, everyone is encouraged to check out the links that are shared. I always find tons of amazing ideas for my own kids in the VBC. This month's author is Bill Martin Jr. We have many favorite Bill Martin Jr. books. If you need a suggestion for a  Bill Martin Jr. book, check out my introductory post.
This month we chose "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat are you Waking up?" Over the summer we added a sweet kitten, Cocoa, to our family. We've been reading a lot of cat books since then. Also, this book was a great choice for back to school. In the story, a kitten is trying to get ready for school. This book allowed us to discuss back to school morning routines.


Book Review of Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Are you Waking Up?

Bill Martin Jr., Kitty Cat Kitty Cat are you Waking Up?
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat are you Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr. is the story of a little kitten who is prompted repeatedly by mama cat to get ready for school. Kitten keeps getting distracted or playing in the story and is a little slow in getting ready. The book has cute illustrations and a rhyming, patterned text.

Book Activities

 High Fives for Rhyming Words

Many of Bill Martin Jr.s' books have a rhyming text. One way that I try to keep the boys engaged during the read aloud is to have them listen for rhyming words. When they hear rhymes, they give a high five. This activity can work any book. Try it with your Bill Martin Jr. book of choice.

Creating a Routine

In Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat are you Waking up?, the kitten has trouble getting out the door for school. We talked about busy mornings and the best way to get ready for school. Logan just started kindergarten so this was a relevant topic for us. To be honest, school has gotten off to a difficult start. In talking to other moms, I'm finding this is a common occurrence. Logan was so excited to start kindergarten, but after about 3 days, he was pretty much done with the entire thing! Our mornings involved a lot of tears and complaining about school. He would get out of bed in the morning and immediately begin protesting school. Getting him dressed, fed, and out the door was stressful. I won't even mention the trauma of the actual drop off.
Luckily, I have the support of other bloggers in the Virtual Book Club and other mom blogger groups.  Many of us were going through the same thing! More experienced moms came alongside us and offered up tips. One strategy that was very helpful was to create a routine and stick with it.
We began with these routine picture cards from Childhood 101.

Bill Martin Jr., book activity

Writing a routine

We wrote out our routine for the morning. I drew a happy face to remind him that I believed his school environment was a safe and good place for him. Logan took the marker and sweetly drew a heart. He told me, "mom, if you miss me, just look at this heart and know that I love you." [heart melting]. We hung our written routine on the fridge. He is pretty good at reading without the picture cards, but I'm thinking of turning the picture cards into fridge magnets for my three year old.



Our mornings are much smoother with the routine. He is still a little sad to go to school but each day gets better.
Here are some of the amazing tips that were shared with me by awesome mom bloggers.
Wemberly Worried Activities from The Educators Spin on It PP
Tips for Settling into the School Routine from Here Come the Girls
Back to School Separation Anxiety from Imagination Soup
Play School to Ease Worries with a Barbie Play School in a Cardboard Box from Pink and Green Mama
A reminder that the morning routine, while helpful, doesn't have to be perfect-- from The House of Hendrix

Have you dealt with a reluctant kindergartener?

How to link up


Now it is your chance to share your ideas. Here are the rules for linking up.
  1. Link up only posts inspired by Bill Martin Jr. that share children's book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities

Many early educators spend the first few weeks of school helping children read and write color words. Color words (brown, red, yellow, green, blue, purple, etc) are useful for young readers and writers. The ability to read color words helps children to follow directions independently on assignments. It allows kids to add details to their writing. Plus, reading color words builds a bigger reading vocabulary.
One of my favorite books for teaching color words is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?" by Bill Martin Jr. This is a classic book with a repetitive text. Kids are able to read closely to find color words because the rest of the text becomes so familiar in just a few readings. After reading the book, knowledge of color words can be built through fun, hands on activities and games. It's important to introduce color words in both reading and writing. We recently explored some fun activities with color words in reading and in writing.

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities, Bill Martin Jr.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. follows a pattern on each page as each animal introduces the next animal in the story.  The text begins, "Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me." The red bird picks up the pattern on the next page and continues the pattern through out. It is a great book for teaching color words.


Activity #1: Brown Bear Animal Card and Color Word Match 

As you read through the book Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?, have students locate and frame color words. Provide students with animal pictures and  color word cards. Have students work to match the animal picture to the correct color word. Discuss strategies for locating the correct color word (ie. checking beginning letter sounds, looking at the shape of the word, looking at the length of the word, saying the sounds slowly to sound out the word).  I have created a pre-made version of this game in my Brown Bear, Brown Bear Mini Unit below. Scroll down for more details.

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities, Bill Martin Jr.


Activity #2: Brown Bear Story Retelling Game 

I created a retelling game by creating cards with pictures of each animal or character from the story. At the top of the card, I wrote a sentence about the next character. For example, I placed a picture of a brown bear on the card and then wrote the sentence, "I see a red bird looking at me." 
Use this story retelling game in small groups or as a whole class. You will need at least 10 players.  Each player should look at the picture on the card to determine the assigned character. The player will listen for another player to say the character’s name on his or her card and then read the sentence at the top of the card. This is similar to “I have. Who has?” The teacher may want to begin the game with the teacher card.

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities, Bill Martin Jr.


Activity #3: Color Words Playdough Mats 

In order to write color words, students need to slow down and look at each letter in the word. Forming the words with playdough is a fun way to get kids to examine the letters in a word. You can write out the word on a piece of paper for children to create a playdough mat. 
Provide each student with a playdough mat. Read the word together. Have the student roll playdough into snake like rolls and form the letters of each word in order to spell the color words.  
Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities, Bill Martin Jr.


 Brown Bear Color Word Worksheets 

If you would like additional practice with color words, check out these Brown Bear, Brown Bear Coloring pages. These worksheets are included in my Brown Bear, Brown Bear Mini Unit.
Have students read the color word at the top and color the animal to match. You could staple the pages together to make a nice book for retelling the story. This could be created individually or as a class.

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities, Bill Martin Jr.


Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See? Mini Unit

Save time by purchasing Brown Bear Brown Bear ready-made activities in my teachers pay teachers store. You'll find all of these activities with cute and clear clip art. 

What is your favorite book for teaching color words?








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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Word Work Wednesday: What are Word Families?

When my brand new kindergartener writes notes to me, they generally look like this. "I Lv u Mom. Hv a gd day." Those with a sharp eye are able to interpret this as, "I love you mom. Have a good day." The first notes from your child are wonderful whether they are precisely printed or scribbled as the child sounds out them out phonetically. A child's first notes can give a peek into his or her stage of literacy and help parents and teachers plan for the next step of literacy instruction.
A child who is consistantly using beginning sounds and understands basic concepts about print (understands the concept of a word, understands direction of print, etc), may be ready to explore vowels in words. One way to introduce medial vowels is through the study of word families.
Word families can help a student's reading and writing vocabulary skyrocket. According to Dr. J Richard Gentry in the book, "Raising Confident Readers", if your reader understands 37 common rimes, he or she will be able to read 500 new words!
Each Wednesday I will be sharing a new element of word work on ready-set-read. "What are word families?" is the first post in the series. Next week I'll share hands on activities you can use to teach these word families to your readers.



word work, word families

Word Work: Word Families

What are Word Families?

Word families are phonograms or words that share the same rime. (ex. fast, past, last, blast, all share the ask rime). (Definition from Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction).  Single syllable words can be broken into two parts, onset and rime. The beginning consonant sound is referred to as the onset. It can be a single consonant or a consonant blend. The rime unit is the vowel and any other consonants that follow. Word families are often identified by the rime. For instance, teachers often refer to the -at family, which is the rime in the word cat. The consonant c would be the onset in the word cat.

Word Family Lists

Short a Word Families

-ad family (words that rhyme with sad)
-ag family (words that rhyme with bag)
-am family (words that rhyme with ham)
-an family (words that rhyme with man)
-ap family (words that rhyme with map)
-at family (words that rhyme with cat)

Short e Word Families

-ed family (words that rhyme with bed)
-eg family (words that rhyme with leg)
-en family (words that rhyme with ten)
-et family (words that rhyme with pet)

Short i Word Families

-id family (words that rhyme with lid)
-ig family (words that rhyme with pig)
-im family (words that rhyme with him)
-in family (words that rhyme with pin)
-ip family (words that rhyme with lip)
-it family (words that rhyme with sit)

Short o Word Families

-ob family (words that rhyme with job)
-og family (words that rhyme with dog)
-op family (words that rhyme with mop)
-ot family (words that rhyme with dot)

Short u Word Families

-ub family (words that rhyme with tub)
-ug family (words that rhyme with bug)
-un family (words that rhyme with fun)
-um family (words that rhyme with 
-ut family (words that rhyme with cut)


Word Family Worksheets

I have compiled these word families into lists on quick reference sheets. These will make it easy  to create word work activities without having to search your brain for word lists! You can get your free printable in my Teachers pay Teachers Store or Teachers Notebook Store. I'd love if you'd follow my store while you are there and feel free to leave feedback if you like this freebie.
word family lists, word family worksheets




Also, I have included word family posters in the free printable. For each word family, there is a full page poster with a word list and a picture of the anchor word. You could color these and use them in a classroom center or hang on a bulletin board. Leave a comment with any creative uses you find for these word lists.
word family lists, word family worksheets

You may also enjoy checking out my word work category at Teachers Pay Teachers. You'll find both free and priced items.

Word Family Resources

I've also been pinning resources to Pinterest. You can find lots of activities and games for learning word families. Check out my Word Study: Word Families board. I'd love if you'd follow while you are there!

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