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EL Support Lesson
Short Vowel Word Families
Students will be able to identify and spell short vowel words.
Students will be able to identify and spell words with short vowels using written and visual supports.
- Draw or show objects or images that rhyme with cat on the board (bat, rat, mat, etc.).
- Ask students to repeat the name of each image after you say it aloud.
- Model thinking aloud and saying, "All of these words have something in common. They all end with the same sound. When words end in the same sound, we say that they rhyme. We can also say that they are part of the same family, because they sound the same and go together. Just like the people in a family go together.
- Say, "Today we are going to learn about other rhyming word families."
Building academic language
- Introduce the remaining vocabulary words of the lesson using the Vocabulary Cards and Glossary.
- Have students turn and talk to a partner to share a word that rhymes with "chin", or another familiar word.
- Display the new vocabulary words for students to reference.
- Project or post the Words that Rhyme with Rake worksheet on the board.
- Ask students to look at the different pictures and see what they notice.
- Have students turn and talk to a partner to share what they notice about the pictures (e.g., they all end with the same sound).
- Invite several students to share aloud, providing the following sentence starter for support: "I notice that the words ____."
- Pass out the Wacky Word Families worksheet and have students complete them independently.
Additional EL adaptations
- Practise identifying additional words that share the same ending using images or drawings on the board in a small group.
- Have students fill in the beginning sound of -in written on index cards to practise spelling and identifying words from the -in family.
- Have students practise reading and writing words from the -ub family using the Welcome to Word Families: Ub Words worksheet.
Formative Assessment of Academic Language(5 minutes)
- Informally assess student understanding during the group activities. Notice if students are able to identify words that end in the same sound and are able to spell new words containing the same ending.
- Collect student work samples to formally assess if students are able to accurately sort and spell words containing the same word family.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Close the classroom by having students share words with a partner that end in the same sound as "set."
- Review the new vocabulary words and answer any additional student questions.