Word Family Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach and reinforce word families with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text that explains what word families are and gives examples, then identify them in text before applying concepts to a fun activity that makes learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'word family'
  • explain what a word family is
  • identify word families in text


50 minutes


  • Copy of the lesson Word Families: Lesson for Kids to use as a shared reading
  • Dr. Seuss book to read to students, such as The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham
  • Index cards with word families written on them
  • Small white paper or plastic cups
  • Red and black permanent marker
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Highlight tape or highlighter
  • Books with word family rhymes for students to read
  • White boards and markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Word family

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2.d

Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2.e

Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3.b

Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

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