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Word Families:  ean

bean dean Jean
lean mean wean

 

clean glean  

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 bean:  sound out the b and add the chunk ean forming bean.

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 bean then they can remember the chunk (ean) to spell dean.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Ean Rhyme

By Mrs. Alphabet

A boy named Dean

Was bad and mean

Until a girl named Jean

Gave him a magic bean.

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