Strong readers are those that are able to decode new words among other things. Good readers learn new words by comparing them to known words instead of sounding out individual phonemes each time.  Learning spelling patterns is one way to increase their proficiency in reading words. In my classroom right now, we are concentrating on word families and chunks.
I want them to be able to recognize chunks of letters or the word families quickly and easily. If they can read bad, had and sad, they should then be able to generalize that knowledge to mad, glad and even keypad. 
Some student have difficulty generalizing or seeing patterns such as are evident in word families, so they often need extra practice. So this week I am trying a new activity I created for word families. And I'm sharing it with you. I hope you find it useful, too.
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