Early Literacy Ideas: Teaching Word Families

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 20, 2014 2:07:40 PM

Word Families Help Students Unlock And Read Many Words

word familiesTeaching word families builds phonemic awareness, a key to success in reading. Students should note that, in most cases, words look alike at the end if they sound alike at the end. Word family pattern recognition is an important skill for beginning readers. Explicit instruction on these patterns builds children's fluency skills.

The Common Core State Standards require students to use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families) in writing words. If educators or parents give students a spelling word list, early and emergent writers should focus on word families.

Research shows that if pupils can read and spell one little chunk (for example "-an"), they can unlock lots of words! This table indicates 37 common word families that over 500 words can be derived from.

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Information taken from researchers Wylie & Durrell

Early Literacy Readers

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that introduce students to word families. These texts offer a great opportunity to enhance student’s educational skills by introducing them to words that have the same endings. This build their phonemic awareness, a key factor in reading. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that help youngsters learn to spell and read new words at www.biguniverse.com

thumb The -ag Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984751

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-5 The -an Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984799

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-2 The -ad Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984720

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-1 The -ed Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984737

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-3 The -id Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984744

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-4 The -ub Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984713

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-6 The -ug Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984782

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-7 The -op Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984850

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

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Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/3/2/f/

For more information visit http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/3/2/f/

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