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Special Situations Lesson Idea: Word Families


Short vowel patterns are more readily learned when consonant beginnings can be manipulated.

Adapted from PULL – Project for Unique Learners in Literacy by LVA–Illinois.

  • Cut the consonant strips from thehadnout and cut or fold it to make two movable consonant “stick”; one with single consonants and one with more advanced consonant blends and digraphs.
  • Place consonant beginnings in front of a short vowel family to make different words, for example “t-ab, t-ac, t-ad".
  • Have your student read each word as the strip is moved.
  • Dictate words to the student and have him move the strip to find the word.
  • When your student has mastered creating words using the word pattern strip, continue with the same activities of having the student read and “write” words, but use individual letter cards or tiles.
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