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Word Families:  ell

bell cell dell
fell Nell sell
tell well yell


dwell shell smell
spell swell  


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 bell:  sound out the b and add the chunk ell forming bell.

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 bell then they can remember the chunk (ell) to spell tell.  They have to only replace the first letter.

Ell Rhyme

By Mrs. Alphabet

A girl named Nell

Hid inside a shell

She could not spell

Very well!

But Nell could tell

Any smell

Very well!

That's swell!


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