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Word Families:  ail 

fail Gail hail
jail mail nail
pail sail tail


frail snail trail

Word families are words which end the same forming a chunk that the children can learn to say altogether rather than sounding out each letter sound.  For example fail:  sound out the f and add the chunk ail forming fail.

Word families also encourage children to find patterns in words so they can recall this information in a timely fashion.

Word families encourage children to spell better as you guide them to search for a word in the family that they already know how to spell.  For example if they know how to spell mail then they can remember the chunk (ail) to spell fail.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Ail Rhyme

Gail bit her nail

Threw it in a pail

Then a nosy snail

Put it in the mail.

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