1st Grade - Reading Word Families

 
     
 
     
 
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Reading word families
Read common word families (-ite, -ate).
The students will be able to recognize and read words from common word families, such as words with –ite, or –ate, in them. A word family is a way of “chunking” certain letters together to help beginning readers. Below is a link to an informative article that explains word families and their importance. http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Are-Word-Families-And-Why-Are-They-An-Important-Reading-Strategy&id=318574
 

Sample Problems

(1)

Look at the following words. Underline the word family they all have in common.

-late

-Kate

-date

-gate

(2)

Circle the words that belong to the word family –ite.

-bite

-light

-kite

-hide

(3)

Underline all of the words that belong to the –op word family.

-top

-stop

-log

-front

(4)

What do these words all have in common?

-land

-sand

-band

-stand

-grand

(They all belong to the –and word family.)

(5)

What is a word family? (A group of words that all have the same “chunked” ending.)

Learning Tips

(1)

Parking Lot List: Children find this on-going activity fun and motivating. Obtain a large piece of butcher paper. Have your child decorate all of the edges of the butcher paper like a parking lot, leaving to majority of the paper usable to create a large list of words. At the top of the paper label the list Word Family Parking Lot List: (with a specific word family, such as –ite). Next challenge all of the members of your household to contribute to the word family list. Each time a member of your family finds a word that is from the current word family of study, they are able to write that word on the list. Each time someone finds a word from the current word family, they can receive a car sticker to place on the edges of the paper, in the “parking lot.” The person who has the most cars parked by the end of the week is the word family champion.

(2)

Magnetic Letters: Magnetic letters are a great way to help your child reinforce the skill of identifying word families. Pick a specific word family to work on and have your child place those letters in the correct order. Next, have your child create words in that word family using the other letters. They can write down the words they create and create a book of word families.

(3)

Word Family Posters: Many children love to draw and adding a visual component to an activity can always help to reinforce the skill you are working on. With this activity the children will make word family posters. On a large piece of paper or poster board, have the children label the top with the word family they will be using. For example, if they were to use the word family –ouse, they would label the top of the poster and then draw and label pictures that belong to that particular word family. In our example they may draw a house, mouse, and a blouse. When the posters are complete the children could hang them in their room, or even create a big book by compiling all of their posters together.

(4)

Word Family “Go Fish:” This card game is very similar to the traditional “go fish game.” With this activity, you will need to prepare playing cards from a variety of word families. You can obtain word lists from the links listed below.


http://www.kidzone.ws/phonics/index.htm


I would recommend just starting with 2 different word families and then adding more as your child’s skill level increases. The game will be played just as the traditional “go fish,” but instead of the children asking for a number card, they will be asking for a word family card. In order to help children identify the different word families, I recommend having a sample of the word families being used. I also recommend that each word family card should have a picture that is relative to that particular word family. For example, if you were playing a game with the –ouse word family and the –at word family, I would start by having a card that says –ouse with a small picture of a mouse in the corner of the card and a card that says –at with a small picture of a hat in the corner. These two cards should be left in the middle of the table to assist children in identifying the word family cards. Also, I highly recommend that each card that is used in the game should have the entire word written on it with a small picture in the corner that will associate that word to a particular word family. For example, any word that belongs to the –ouse family would have that same picture of a mouse that is on the sample card in the middle of the table.

(5)

Word Searches: Word searches are a fun activity that can help reinforce the concept of word families, but also assist the children with their visual acuity and letter and word discrimination skills. You can go the following website to create a word search.

http://www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/


You can get a list of word family words from the link below.


http://www.kidzone.ws/phonics/index.htm


Extra Help Problems

(1)

Underline the portion of the word that is the same in each of the following words. The underlined portion is the word family that all of these words belong to. (hid, did, kid, rid)

(2)

Draw a box around the words that belongs to the –ouse word family.

(mouse, land, sour, blouse)

(3)

Circle the words that belong to the –out family.

(shout, loud, tour, shout)

(4)

Solve the riddle. Hint: We are looking for a word in the –at family.

(A car drove over a nail. All of the air came out of the tire. The tire is now _______. (flat)

(5)

Write three words that belong to the –an family.

(6)

It is polite to do this after someone performs. (clap) Circle the word family in your answer.

(7)

Why do we have word families? (They help us to put letters together and makes reading easier.)

(8)

Write 3 words that belong to the –ate family.

(9)

Write 3 words that belong to the –ake family.

(10)

Circle the words that belong to the –ate family.

(make, late, rake, rate, stake)

(11)

Underline the words that belong to the –ail family.

(hail, rain, trail, snail, train)

(12)

Draw a box around the words in the –ack family.

(blend, back, stand, rack)

(13)

Write 3 words from the –am family.

(14)

What word is a part of the –ound family and describes things that we hear? (sound)Draw a box around the words in the –an family.(rap, ran, clan, clam, clap)

(15)

Complete the sentence with a word from the –ask family.

If you kick your arms and legs in a pool you will ___________ the water. (splash)

(16)

Draw a box around the words in the –an family.

(rap, ran, clan, clam, clap)

(17)

We are looking for a word in the –ake family. This is a tool that helps to gather leaves. It is a __________. (rake) Please draw a picture of the missing word.

(18)

We are looking for a word from the –ate family to complete the sentence. My alarm clock didn’t ring. Now I am _____ for school. (late)

(19)

Complete the sentence with a word from the –ain family. The part of your body that helps you think is called your ______. (brain)

(20)

Write 3 words from the –air family.


(21)

Circle the words that are in the –ail family.

(rail, mail, pail, sale)

(22)

Chair, stair, pair, hair; all belong to which word family? (-air)

(23)

Strand, stand, demand, expand: all belong to which word family? (and)

(24)

Write 3 words from the –ash family.

(25)

Smash, splash, slash, sash, rash; all belong to which word family? (ash)

 

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