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Word Families:  ast

cast fast last
mast past vast

 

blast

Word families are words which end the same forming a chunk that the children can learn to say altogether rather than sounding out each letter sound.  For example cast:  sound out the c and add the chunk ast forming cast.

Word families also encourage children to find patterns in words so they can recall this information in a timely fashion.

Word families encourage children to spell better as you guide them to search for a word in the family that they already know how to spell.  For example if they know how to spell cast then they can remember the chunk (ast) to spell fast.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Ast Rhyme

We had a blast

In the past

It happened very fast

The blast did not last!

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