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Word Families:  ess

Bess fess guess
Jess less mess


bless chess dress


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 less:  sound out the l and add the chunk ess forming less.

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 less then they can remember the chunk (ess) to spell mess.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Ess Rhyme

By Mrs. Alphabet

Bess told Jess

To guess

About Bess

But Jess didn't guess

That Bess was a mess.

She ruined her new dress.

Now she was one dress less.


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