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Practice those Patterns

Your students will love playing the classic game of bingo, with a twist to practice reading and spelling grade level word families.
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Students will practice reading, spelling, and comparing word families that contain the same vowel.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather students together for the start of the lesson.
  • Say, “Today we are going to practice reading, spelling, and comparing word families that use the same vowel. A word family is a group of words that contain the same ending, we see often, and can help us read and spell more words.”
  • Ask the students if they can think of a word family that they have already learned.
  • Allow several students to point out or say known word families.
(5 minutes)
  • Go over the -ain, -ake, and -ame families by identifying the vowel in each word family (a) and practice listening for and pronouncing each word family individually.
  • Write up each word family on the board and go over them one at a time. Ask the students to think of words in the word family.
  • Invite students to come to the board to write up their words under the matching word family.
  • Repeat this process for all three word families.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell the students that today you will play a game that will help them to read and spell word family words that contain the long a sound.
  • Ask, “Has anyone played the game of bingo before? In bingo, everyone gets their own game board that contains many different words on it. The goal is to cross off three words in a row and when you get to the third word, you yell “bingo” out loud. I will pull a word card, show it to you, and wait for you to see if it is on your board. I’ll keep pulling cards until someone yells “bingo!”
  • Demonstrate how to use the bingo board by projecting it on the whiteboard or drawing a version on the board for the class to see.
  • Show how you hold up each word card and read the word for each turn of the game.
  • Have students return to their seats with a bingo board.
  • Play several rounds of bingo as a whole class.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell the class that they will now get a chance to use the word families they’ve been practicing as they write silly sentences.
  • Pass out the Word Family Silly Sentences worksheet and have students complete the activity independently.
  • Work with individual or small groups of students as needed.
  • Support: Gather students who need additional support together and play several more rounds of bingo as a small group during the independent work portion of the lesson.

  • Enrichment: Invite advanced students to create their own bingo board using word families containing e, i, o, or u vowels and take turns as the bingo caller.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the student worksheets to check that students are able to differentiate between word families.
  • Collect the Word Family Silly Sentences worksheet and assess whether students were able to accurately complete each sentence using an appropriately matched word.
(5 minutes)
  • Review each word family used in the lesson with the class by adding additional words to the lists you wrote up on the board in the beginning of the lesson.
  • Answer student questions as needed.

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