One of the activities that I am most excited about teaching my new little students are the word families. I have decided to devote the first few weeks to basic reading and phonics. I created 20 word family units at the end of last school year and it is so comforting to know that they are completed and ready... just a little click on PRINT and I'll have:
1- word cards (flashcards)... I plan to put a magnet on the back so we can move them around the board and manipulate and practice our ABC order
2- literature list... so we can include many wonderful stories
3- independent and partner activities to reinforce and provide extra practice
4- assessment for word family
I believe the only thing that I am missing is a Word Family Booklet for my kiddos to use while we discuss and explore each family and to have as a resource for their creative writing later in the year. That is my task for the day. I'll have that Freebie out ASAP... here it is... in the print option select 2 sided and it will print the booklet very easy and quick ;) Click on the #s to download each document... additional 19 units are available at TpT for $1. It's coming together... and back to school is coming way too fast ;)
How do/ Do you teach word families?
Word study is designed to build work knowledge that can be applied to both reading and spelling (Henderson, 1992; Zuttell, 1998). Because it is closely tied to reading instruction, it also develops student's abilities in phonics, word recognition, and vocabulary (Baker, 2000).
Adapted and excerpted fromLeipzig, D.H. (2000). The Knowledge Base For Word Study: What Teachers Need To Know. Scientific Studies of Reading, 11 (2) 105-131.