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I teach word families one chunk at a time! Mastering reading includes mastering word recognition and having the ability to chunk words. Word families are an important tool in word level literacy and essential for fluent reading. Students struggle with them all of the time so I have to make them fun and engaging through interactive activities and games.  Word Families are one of the best ways to strengthen your students reading skills so we are always spending time working on them.  I wanted to share with you some of the best resources that I use daily in my classes. 

I keep everything in the nice little word family kit. You can use a case or binders. All activities for each word family are included. This kit comes with all of the resources you need to teach word families!! All you need is one of those accordion cases from Target or Walmart and then add the tabs and then add all of these resources to each pocket. Laminate the games and put them in baggies and slip them in the pockets! You are done all of your resources for teaching word families are neatly organized and sorted. Just choose which printables and activities you want to use for each lesson. Print out your assessment and progress monitoring sheet that is included and you are done! I keep the progress  monitoring sheet in the front of each pocket so that I can grab it easily as I am observing or assessing students.


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We do all sorts of different activities in small groups, whole group and one on one settings. The games above are not included in the kit but we use them to reinforce the lessons. Most of the time we start our lesson by making a word family chart and discussing the pattern in the words and identifying the rhyming words. I explain how “chunking” words helps us decode new words. We make a list of all of the words we know in that particular word family. I sometimes write those words on index cards and pin them to each students shirt. I call out a word family and everyone in that family has to stand up. If you have a a child that does not stand you know that he or she may need some practice with that particular family. While we are doing this group activity, I am using this as kind of a pre-assessment  to gauge where everyone is and who knows what. So then I know exactly what needs to be taught and how much.

Next, I will share with you some of the word work resources I love best. We read words, we identify words,  manipulate words, match them to sentences, and so much more! 

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One of my favorite resources is the real photo picture sorting cards and the Using My Schema writing prompts provided for every word family. The kids LOVE these.

word family activities

word family activities

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There is an interactive notebook page for each word family. We add those to our reading journals every time we begin a new lesson. The kids can easily refer back to it for help as they do their work or as a reference.

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We pull out our word family posters and do partner talks about what we see and observe about these words. I usually project these on the board/mimio and we observe and discuss the patterns we see.

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I use a lot of our word work activities in centers during reading time. The students also love these word family flip books. They have to match the correct chunk to the first letter. Then they match the picture to the word and staple it all together. They can use this to refer back to at any time or to take home and study.
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The students use ink and stamp out the spelling of each word or they use letter tiles to form the word in this word work activity.  I use the word family buttons for more practice.  Students color and glue on the little round picture buttons or you can have them cut it out and glue the letters to construction paper. They have to figure out which buttons have the correct sound. 

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word family activities

word family activities

My kids love these word family task cards where they can explore books and magazines to find words.We use tons of activities that help deepen their understanding of each word work family. These can be done independently, in small groups or whole group.


The kids love these word family read and spell cards. The students identify the picture and then find the letters that spells the word correctly. The read build and write mats are spectacular also because the kids practice reading the word by “chunking” it. Then they spell the word and then write the word several times. My kids love hands on activities and it helps them to gain a deeper understanding for what they are learning.

word family activities

word family activities

Here students must read the sentence, write the sentence and then draw what they think the sentence is describing.

It is important to assess the students at the end of your lesson to make sure they have mastered the skills. There is also a progress monitoring tool included to keep track of who has mastered which word family and who still needs more work.

word family activities

word family activities

word family activities

word family activities

We also use the reading rods and the the picture puzzles during our center time to reinforce what we have learned. We use the reading comprehension sheets in small groups to read and practice using our words in text. We spend about a week on each word family and build on more as we go so we are always doing different activities. I hope that some of these activities inspire you to use them in your classroom also. Every one of my students master word families through repetition and practice using purposeful activities. 

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We have so many word family activities that we use, it us hard to cover them all, so these are just a few. If you liked any of the printable activities you can find out more about them here.

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Reading Graphic Organizers

If you owned my old graphic organizer pack please go in and update the new one. This has been one of my best selling products for about 3 years now. I use them every single day and wanted to update them. This is that staple product that I use continuously with my students. I teach ESL students in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. So I have a large variety of levels. Most start below grade level but they make so much progress through the year.

We are constantly working on reading strategies and rigorous activities. They love anything that is interactive and they also love graphic organizers so I wanted to incorporate them into this pack.

All of these these printables are designed by common core standard so it is easy to find what you are looking for. I also included some general ones that you can use despite your grade level. A lot of the standards in these 3 grade levels overlap so that is why I made them for these 3 grade levels. I also have interactive pages for almost every printable for extra reinforcement. I have students that respond better to interactive activities and keeping them all together in a handy notebook so they can go back and reference is essential for my strugglers.

Just take a look at some of the organizers we have been working on! All of them have great graphics and activities that the students can use with any book. They are all common core aligned with the standard listed at the top.

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They also come with interactive graphic organizers that the kids can use to deepen their understanding of concepts.


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Interactive Sight Word Mini Books


These sight word readers are pretty awesome! They focus on reading comprehension. For each sight word students interact in hands on engaging activities.

  • First the students cut apart mixed up letters to form the sight word.
  • Then students color the word used in a sentence.
  • Next they cut apart a simple sentence to make it make sense.
  •  Next they trace the word in a sentence.
  • The last page of every book contains reading comprehension questions that helps the student deepen their understanding of the story using text evidence, pictures and/or writing. The student must identify the answer in the text and answer the questions.

I love everything interactive because it helps the students stay engaged and interested in the work that they are doing. My kids love these books and they take them home to read with their parents for more practice.

This bundle contains the first 4 sets and I will continue to add the next 2 sets over the next few weeks. As I add to it the price will increase so it is a deal to buy it now! The pack will eventually contain over 600 pages! So this is a deal! The books are priced about 20 cents each so that is super cheap!

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Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence


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Editable Name Packet and I Can Label and Write Activity!

I wanted to make something for some of my younger kiddos for the first week of school. So I made this cute little packet that focuses on names, addresses, and phone numbers.



The pack is editable so that you can type in your students name! I know in Kindergarten that is super important because A LOT of the kids do not know how to spell their name. Check it out here!


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I love using this with my kinders and firsties. They love cutting and gluing the pictures to make their own picture. They cut out the labels and label the pictures and then it is so easy for them to think of sentences to write about their picture. They learn to add details and write good sentences. There are check boxes provided to remind them to capitalize, finger space and use punctuation. To make it even more challenging there is a higher level provided where the students draw their own picture and make their own labels and they can write more. It all depends on the level of your student as to what they are comfortable with. Check it out here!

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Editable Interactive Writing Notebook

I have come to love interactive notebooks and I use them every chance that I get! I teach ESOL so I teach grades K, 1, 2, and 3. I am always needing really good interactive activities for my students and when I can’t find them, I just make them! Writing is a tough cookie to crack so this interactive notebook has worked beautifully with my students.

I love it because it serves as a handy reference guide for them to use during class or to reference at home. All of the pages include vocabulary flaps so the kids can learn and use the vocabulary and practice that skill with an interactive activity. There are different activities for each page.

This notebook is common core aligned to 1st and 2nd grade and is EDITABLE! Yup, you can change the words, descriptions or whatever you need in order to meet the needs of your students. I often do this to diffrentiate depending on my students ability levels.

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This bundle comes in a zip file with 4 folders. There is a folder of all of the full color pictures of every activity with detailed instructions. There is a powerpoint file so that you can edit the templates, there is the interactive notebook, and I included extra bonus printables and full color posters!


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The topics covered are:

organize your opinion
fact and opinion
informational text
compare and contrast
cause and effect
problem and solution
order of sequence
topic sentence
transition words
writing process
transition words
super synonyms
dead words
how to writing
research paper
non-fiction book
table of contents
bold words
text features
types of research
linking words
conclusion sentence
topic and closing
persuasive writing
oreo persuasive writing
fiction and non-fiction
narrative writing
main idea
unknown words
guide words

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