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Make an -ight Book

Practise reading new words with your students as they learn about long vowel word families while creating their own mini word book.
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Students will be able to read and spell words in the -ight family.

(5 minutes)
  • Review vowel sounds by writing each of the five vowels on the board and asking students to identify the letter and the short and long sound that it makes.
  • Ask students to come up with 1-2 words that contain each of the long and short vowel sound. Call on a few students to share out with the class.
  • Tell the class that today they will be focusing on word families that contain long vowel sounds.
(5 minutes)
  • Write the words “light” and “bright” on the whiteboard. Point to the end of each word and explain that both words contain the ending -ight and make the same the long i sound.
  • Explain that the -ight family is a new word family that they will be using in reading and writing.
  • Remind students that a word family is a group of words that follow the same spelling pattern, like cat/hat/bat. We learn about different word families to help us read and spell more words.
  • Write “ight” on the board.
  • Point out that in the -ight word family, the GAnd the HAre both silent letters that help the letter ISay its name.
  • Tell the students that when you add a letter or letters to the beginning of “ight” you can make new words. Each of the new words will end with the same sound (“ight”) but will all start with a new sound. Tell the class that all of the new words are part of the -ight family.
  • Demonstrate putting different letters in front of “ight” and reading the new words aloud.
(10 minutes)
  • Create a class -ight family chart and ask each student to think of a word to add to the chart, then have them turn and talk with a classmate to share their word.
  • Suggest that students also consider consonant blends to make additional -ight family words, such as br-, gr-, etc.
  • Call on students to share their words and add the new words to your chart. Invite students up to the board to write each word on the chart.
(15 minutes)
  • Tell your students that next they'll be making their own -ight family word books to practise reading and spelling words in the -ight family
  • Pass out 5 index cards to each student and have them write an -ight word on one side of the index card and a corresponding illustration on the second side of the card.
  • When all of your students have finished, punch a hole in each card and tie them together to make each kid an -ight family book. Encourage students to illustrate their front and back covers.
  • Work with individual students as needed.


  • Gather a small group of students and provide each student with index cards with -ight written on it. Use an alphabet chart to show them how to use each letter in front of -ight to see if it makes a new word.


  • Have advanced students create their own -ight family story using the words from their -ight book and class chart.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect and review student -ight family books to ensure that they were able to identify and spell each of the -ight family words correctly.
(5 minutes)
  • Review how to read the -ight family words and celebrate your students’ growing ability to read and spell additional words.

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