Teaching Word Families in Kindergarten

Teaching Word Families in Kindergarten

Do you teach word families in your class? This week I am going to break down some of the activities we use.

What I love most about word families is that it gives students confidence as they take that next step from knowing sounds to reading words. It helps with rhyming and I know if you can make it fun they will enjoy it so much more. Here is what we do to keep it fun!

Write the Room:

Write the room activities are so much fun and this set includes colorful word cards and 2 student response sheets. One set is differentiated for your students. One sheet is for those that are writing well and a tracing page for those that need extra practice. The other one is a search and find puzzle.

Write the Room at word familiy                             Write the Room Student Response Sheets

Sound it Out:

I laminate the sound it out cards and student use dry erase markers to write the sounds in the boxes. Student response sheet included as well for this activity.

Sound it out cards

Concentration & Say It Make It Write It:

My kidos LOVE to play a good ole fashioned game of concentration. Again, you can differentiate after you have introduced a few different word families to make the game more exciting. Use the picture cards from the concentration set to have the kids Say It, Make It and then write it out. The word cards can be used as a guide to see if they spelled it correctly.

at word family concentration game

at word family say it make it write it

Trace It:

I love these cards as so many of my kidos need the extra practice writing. I laminate these cards and the student can pick them from a bag, read the word and trace it with an expo marker.

Read it and Trace it


The last thing my packs always include is EXTRAS! I believe that it is important to provide lots of opportunities for students to practice. You don’t have to print all of the pages out for each student pick and choose which ones you think will work best. There are some additional items included such as word wall cards, pocket chart cards as well as a poster with all of the words on one page.

at word family extras      at word family additional worksheets       at word family assessment and poster


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