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Word Families:  ear

bear dear fear
gear hear near
pear rear tear
wear year  


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 dear:  sound out the d and add the chunk ear forming dear.

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 dear then they can remember the chunk (ear) to spell tear.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Ear Rhyme

By Mrs. Alphabet

There once was a bear

Who could not hear

Out of his left ear

This became a big fear

As danger could be near

So now the dear bear

Wears a hearing gear!

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