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Word Families:  an

can Dan fan
man Nan pan
ran tan van


bran clan flan
plan Stan than

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 can:  sound out the c and add the chunk an forming can.

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 can then they can remember the chunk (an) to spell van.  They have to only replace the first letter.

An Rhyme

Dan needs a van

So he had a plan

And ran to the man

Whose name is Stan

He owns the van

Which is new and tan.

"Can you sell me your van?"

Yes, I can!" said Stan to Dan.

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