Phonics is my thing thus my blog title:) I do weekly mini lessons that are phonics/Fundations related in classrooms K-2. In doing this I have created smartboard lessons to accompany the concepts that I teach. Today I am going to share how I begin Kindergarten word families. I always begin with the short A families, which I am sure that is no surprise since they are the easiest.
I always start out by brainstorming with the kids what they know about FAMILIES. I use the picture to show how families can be similar.
We then discuss that words can also be members of a family that "look" the same and "sound" the same. If you are into WBT (Whole Brain Teaching) then teach the students to cup their ear for "sound" the same and put a finger under the eye for "look" the same.
At this point, we usually watch a video that relates to the word family we are discussing. Hooked on Phonics has excellent videos that the kids love for all the short vowel word families. SchoolTube has all the videos for free.
Then we talk about where families can live houses, apartments, etc. But our word families live in a house.
So the next step is to have the student brainstorm word family words and as they brainstorm I write what they say into the column. We typically do one family at a time. As we write words, we also talk about the meaning of words and whether words have blends or digraphs.
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