Switch That Sound!
Students will be able to add or change a letter in a one syllable word to make a new word.
- Review word families with your students. You can tell them that a word family is a group of words that end with the same sound but start with different letters.
- Show examples of word families to tap into students’ prior knowledge (e.g. a word family chart created in a previous lesson).
- Ask your students, “Why do you think we learn about word families?” Possible answers might include to spell more words, to help us read, etc.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Explain that when we know how to read the ending sound of a word family word, we can also read any of the other words in the family by changing the first sound.
- Tell your students that sometimes you can add a letter to an existing word to make a new word. For example, in the word “ate” if you add the letter g to the beginning, it becomes the word “gate.” This is a very different word!
- Model creating other words using the same base, for example -ug can become tug or rug.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Display the following words on the whiteboard or chart paper: Rub, cap, and pin. Ask students to read each word aloud with you.
- Pass out index cards and ask students to change the first letter in each word to make a new word.
- Ask students to share out their new words, taping each index card to the board.
- Complete more practice words together as needed.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Pass out the Switch It! worksheet to each student and have them complete it independently.
- Provide support to students as needed.
Enrichment: Advanced students can add beginning blends (gr, bl, etc.) to their word family words to make new words, then use the new words in a sentence.
- Support: Have students use magnetic letters and a whiteboard that has the word family base written on it to make new word family words (e.g. write -an on the whiteboard and have students place each magnetic letter in front to see if it makes a new word).
- Ask students to write down a word family word (used in the guided practice portion of this lesson) on an index card and write a new word on the other side of the index card by changing the first letter of the word.
- Collect worksheets and assess and correct student spelling as needed.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Share out the new words students came up with using the word family words. Write the words on the whiteboard.
- Go over student questions as needed.