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Word Families:  ate            

date fate gate
hate Kate late
mate rate


grate plate skate

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 date:  sound out the d and add the chunk ate forming date.

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 date then they can remember the chunk (ate) to spell late.  They have to only replace the first letter.

ate Rhyme

Kate was running late

Meet me at the gate

For our movie date!

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