What Are Word Families?


A word family is a group of words that have a common feature or pattern. For instance they could have some of the same combinations of letters in them and a similar sound. An example of a word family is at, cat, hat, and fat.
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Word families are letter patterns which are more stable than individual vowel sounds such as ab, ack, ame, ight, ill and unk. Others are: ash, at, ate and aw. They are also known as phonograms, rimes or chunks.
Word families are words that have the same ending letters and the same pronunciation. Cake, lake, take, bake are all part of the /ake/ word family.
Word families are words that have a similar spelling and a rhyming sound. An example word family is 'ink' which includes link, sink, blink, stink, think, and wink. You can find more information here: http://users.nac.net/dominica/wordfam.html#-ink
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