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Word Families:  oat

boat coat goat


bloat float gloat


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 boat:  sound out the b and add the chunk oat forming boat.

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 boat then they can remember the chunk (oat) to spell coat.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Oat Rhyme

By Mrs. Alphabet

Look at him gloat

As his new boat

Is afloat!

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