Visual learners especially may enjoy learning to read with word families. Word families are groups of words that contain a similar pattern.
For this activity, we worked with the word family, /-at/. Each word used in the word ladder ended with the word /at/.
- sidewalk chalk
- word family reading list
Draw a ladder-like shape on the sidewalk and write a word containing the word family pattern you would like your child to work on in each space.
Have your child begin at the bottom of the word ladder and read each word while moving up the ladder.
Encourage your child to make the first sound /b/ and blend it with the word family, /at/ to make the word /bat/. Move to the next word....
For your kinesthetic learners, add some fun movements to the activity by having them jump, crawl, hop on one foot, etc. up the word ladder.
Once they reach the top, do a little jig if you'd like, but the work is not done yet! Now it is time to turn around and build fluency and speed by reading the words now moving down the ladder.
It is a simple reading activity that can be used to encourage reading skills all throughout the day. Do it once in the morning, after lunch, and before dinner! Have fun moving and learning! I think this activity will appeal to all kinds of learners-- especially those that do best with movement and patterns.
Word Family Activities
- 20 Kindergarten Word Family Sliders (color or black and white)
- Hershey Kiss Word Families Activity
- Paint Stick Word Ladder
- Pumpkin Word Family Sliders
- Transportation Word Family Sliders - blends
- Word Family BINGO
- Sight Word Emergent Reader-- I See Princesses
- Sight Word Emergent Reader - Super Heroes (PreK - 2nd grade)
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