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Word Families:  aw            

caw jaw law
paw raw saw


claw draw flaw
squaw straw thaw

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 paw:  sound out the p and add the chunk aw forming paw.

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 paw then they can remember the chunk (aw) to spell saw.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Aw Rhyme

I saw a paw

With a sharp claw

Inside my draw.

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