Learning to read is a bit part of the early elementary years. My kids tackled sight words, phonics, reading comprehension and word families.
I like to help support this learning at home, so I made a simple word family sort game to help us review at home.
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How to make your Word Family Sort game
My first grader and her class have been reviewing the short “a” and long “a” vowel sounds, so I set up our game using a few short “a” word families; -ad, -an, and -at.
(I found a comprehensive list of word families at Enchanted Learning. I plan to reference this again and again.)
Next, I drew three large circles on a sheet of construction paper and wrote a separate word family at the top of each.
Then, I used my circle punch to create many smaller circles. Using the lists at Enchanted Learning, I wrote about 10 examples for each word family on the circles.
How to Play Word Family Sort
Start by reviewing your word families. Practice the sounds and read the word families on your game board.
When it’s time to play, mix up your piles of circles with words. Set them next to your game board.
Now it’s your child’s turn. My daughter’s task was simple. She needed to say the word out loud and place it in the correct circle.
This game was not too difficult for her, but since my goal was to increase her comfort level with the short “a” sound, it worked perfectly.
You can make many variations on this game. If you plan on using it over and over, laminate the game board before you write your word families in the circle. Once laminated, you can write and erase many word families as you go along.
Other ways to play Word Family Sort
Use blank circles and have your child write their own words on them to increase the difficulty of this game.
Use beginning sounds instead of word families for a child that needs a different level of review
Make it more challenging by leaving the word families off the game board. Have your child sort the words then determine their word family.
You may also like one of these word family games:
Must Have Reading Resources
In addition to this DIY game, there are some other great reading games you may want to have one hand for practice at home. Here are some I recommend:
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