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The -ike Family

Help your students discover how to read and spell word family words containing the short and long I sound.
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Students will be able to identify and spell words in the -ike and -in family.

(10 minutes)
  • Begin with a brief review of long vowel sounds by going over the five vowels and saying each of the long and short sounds aloud.
  • Play a quick “guess my sound” game with your students by saying a word aloud and asking them if they hear the long or short vowel sound. If they hear the short vowel, they give a thumbs up. If they hear a long vowel, they raise their hands. practise with the words tap, tape, eat, red, over, on, in, ice, yuck, unicorn.
  • Explain that today they will be using the long vowel “i” to make words that end in the “ike” sound, like the word bike. These words are all part of the -ike family. They will also be using the short vowel sound “i” to make words like chin and bin. These words are in the -in family.
(5 minutes)
  • Review or explain how a word family works. Say, “In a word family the ending sound stays the same in all of the words but the beginning sound changes to make a new word.”
  • Provide a few examples using the -ike family and -in family.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner and share another word that ends with -ike. Then have students turn and talk to a partner and share another word that ends with -in.
(10 minutes)
  • Write -ike up on the whiteboard or chart paper. Ask students to help you make new -ike family words.
  • Pass out index cards to each student and have them write a letter of the alphabet on the card. Then call the students up to place their card next to -ike and see if it makes a new word.
  • Record the new words on an -ike family word poster.
  • Repeat this process using words from the -in family.
(15 minutes)
  • Students complete the read and spell -ike words and the word family puzzle: -in pages independently.
  • Support students to complete the practise page as needed.
  • Enrichment: Have students come up with additional -ike and -in words and write sentences using them.

  • Support: Provide students with an index card with -ike and -in written on it, alphabet cards containing letters (a, b, c, etc.), and blends to change the beginning sound and make new words.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect the practise pages and assess whether students were able to correctly match the letter to the matching picture.
  • Ask students to read the words to a partner to practise identifying and reading -ike and -in family words.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the -ike and -in family words as a class.
  • Ask students to think of other word families that also contain long vowel sounds, write these up on the board.
  • Remind students that they can use word families to read and spell many words.

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