Thursday, August 4, 2011

Word Family Samples

When I tutor struggling readers I often start with working on word families. I often times use a slider to show different beginnings sounds to the word family we are focusing on. Recently, I came acrposs a new way to make beautiful sliders for word families at The Snail's Trail blog. By taking paint sample from the hardware store (don't be ashamed-grab away) you can do so many great learning/craft activities. To make the set of word family cards get 13 long paint chip samples and 34 single samples. You can get samples that have three/four to a card but will need to cut out each individual color. If you choose that route you only need 12 (I would get extra in case you make a mistake). On the long samples you would put consonants, blends, and diagraphs. On the individual color sample cut out a square - I used a small scrapbook square hole punch that I got for $10.99 with it 40% off on sale. Then write out word families on each sample. I found this website useful to see different word families. However, the best tutorial with exactly what to write I would go to The Snail's Trail (link above). Did I mention that each set makes over 500 words!?!


  1. I have seen this idea before but thanks for the reminder!

  2. Thanks for the reminder of how to use these.

  3. Wow -- this is great. Thanks for sharing the idea!