The -Ig Word Family

  • First Grade
  • Reading
  • 60 minutes
  • Standards: RF.1.3
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August 28, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Have a blast engaging your students with word families. This lesson will focus on -ig words that your students can see visually.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and spell words in the -ig family.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask your students if they know how to spell pig.
  • Show your students a picture of a pig.
  • Tell your students that pig is spelled p-i-g.
  • Ask your students if they know any words that rhyme with pig.
  • Going off of their responses, explain to your students that today they will learn about the -ig word family.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Show your students the The Big Pig Song.
  • Tell your students that these words are in the same family because they all end in -ig.
  • Have your students list the -ig words from the video.
  • Show students the images of the words to reinforce the -ig word family.
  • Ask your students to match the images with the words.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Give each student at least seven index cards of the same color with the ending -ig written in black.
  • Give each student index cards in various colors with the consonants B, P, W, TW, D, and F.
  • Ask your students to create the -ig word family by combining the index cards.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Provide students with the Word Families -ig worksheet.
  • Read the instructions to the students.
  • Give the students time to complete the assignment.



  • Enrichment: Ask your students to use the -ig words in written sentences.
  • Support: Give the students only four -ig words to work with.

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Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Walk around the room, and have your students read their index cards to you.
  • Collect the worksheet for grading.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Have the students come together as a group.
  • Ask each student to tell you one -ig word.

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