Reading with Word Families

Reading is a part of our everyday life, whether we notice it or not we are constantly doing it, even right now. From street signs and billboards to your favorite books and games, we are reading. The first step in learning to read is to be able to sound out letters and form what we call word families. These words have the same ending sound and group of letters. One example being: pat, sat, rat, mat, and cat. We are going to create a fun way to practice word families!

Supplies Needed

  • 2 Paper plates

  • Brass fastener

  • Construction paper

  • Markers

  • Scissors

  • Popsicle stick

  • Paper clip or clothes pin


  • Using construction paper (in this example we used yellow to create a sunflower) cut out 18 flower petals and label them each with a word family. { ad, ag, an, ap, at, eg, en, et, ig, in ,it, og, ot, ug, un, ut, op, and ot}

  • Glue the flower petals on the edge of one of the paper plates. Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom enabling you to hold it.

  • On the second paper plate (we colored the whole thing yellow) color the inside of your flower. On the edge of the paper plate, take a black marker and write the letters A-Z.

  • Place the alphabetical plate on top of the other paper plate. Using the brass fastener, insert it into the middle of both plates to secure them together.