Lesson Plan

The -ike Family

Help your students discover how to read and spell word family words containing the short and long I sound.
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Learning Objectives

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


(10 minutes)
  • Begin with a brief review of long vowel sounds by going over the five vowels and saying each of the long and short sounds aloud.
  • Play a quick “guess my sound” game with your students by saying a word aloud and asking them if they hear the long or short vowel sound. If they hear the short vowel, they give a thumbs up. If they hear a long vowel, they raise their hands. Practice with the words tap, tape, eat, red, over, on, in, ice, yuck, unicorn.
  • Explain that today they will be using the long vowel “i” to make words that end in the “ike” sound, like the word bike. These words are all part of the -ike family. They will also be using the short vowel sound “i” to make words like chin and bin. These words are in the -in family.