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Make an -ight Book
Students will be able to read and spell words in the -ight family.
- Review vowel sounds by writing each of the five vowels on the board and asking students to identify the letter and the short and long sound that it makes.
- Ask students to come up with 1-2 words that contain each of the long and short vowel sound. Call on a few students to share out with the class.
- Tell the class that today they will be focusing on word families that contain long vowel sounds.
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Write the words “light” and “bright” on the whiteboard. Point to the end of each word and explain that both words contain the ending -ight and make the same the long i sound.
- Explain that the -ight family is a new word family that they will be using in reading and writing.
- Remind students that a word family is a group of words that follow the same spelling pattern, like cat/hat/bat. We learn about different word families to help us read and spell more words.
- Write “ight” on the board.
- Point out that in the -ight word family, the g and the h are both silent letters that help the letter i say its name.
- Tell the students that when you add a letter or letters to the beginning of “ight” you can make new words. Each of the new words will end with the same sound (“ight”) but will all start with a new sound. Tell the class that all of the new words are part of the -ight family.
- Demonstrate putting different letters in front of “ight” and reading the new words aloud.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling(10 minutes)
- Create a class -ight family chart and ask each student to think of a word to add to the chart, then have them turn and talk with a classmate to share their word.
- Suggest that students also consider consonant blends to make additional -ight family words, such as br-, gr-, etc.
- Call on students to share their words and add the new words to your chart. Invite students up to the board to write each word on the chart.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Tell your students that next they'll be making their own -ight family word books to practice reading and spelling words in the -ight family
- Pass out 5 index cards to each student and have them write an -ight word on one side of the index card and a corresponding illustration on the second side of the card.
- When all of your students have finished, punch a hole in each card and tie them together to make each kid an -ight family book. Encourage students to illustrate their front and back covers.
- Work with individual students as needed.
- Gather a small group of students and provide each student with index cards with -ight written on it. Use an alphabet chart to show them how to use each letter in front of -ight to see if it makes a new word.
- Have advanced students create their own -ight family story using the words from their -ight book and class chart.
- Collect and review student -ight family books to ensure that they were able to identify and spell each of the -ight family words correctly.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Review how to read the -ight family words and celebrate your students’ growing ability to read and spell additional words.