Word Families Worksheet

Here's a simple word families worksheet that will help children understand the concept of rhyming words quite easily.

Word families are, simply put, words that have a similar pattern in them with the same combination of letters and therefore have the same ending sound.

Each of the following worksheets has four pictures. All four pictures are in the same word family. Simply write in the beginning letter (or letters) for each picture to form the correct word.

Worksheets for: ake, ain, all, an, ar, at, est, ick, ing, ip, ock, op, ow, uck and ug. 15 worksheets to choose from!

In the worksheets below, simply fill in the missing letters. Once completed, have your child read the words. Several words that rhyme will help children understand the concept of word families... or words that rhyme.

To print, simply click on the printable of your choice. This will open the file in PDF format. Please keep all copyright information intact.

Word Families Worksheet

Simply look at the picture cues and add the letter or letters to complete the word.

Ain word family worksheet
Ake word family worksheet
All word family worksheet
An word family worksheet
Ar word family worksheet
At word family worksheet
Est word family worksheet
Ick word family worksheet
Ing word family worksheet
Ip word family worksheet
Ock word family worksheet
Op word family worksheet
Ow word family worksheet
Uck word family worksheet
Ug word family worksheet

Once children understand the concept of word families... every time they learn another word family, their bank of known words grows. For example, a child may learn that a and n form the word an. That's one word, but once they learn that adding a letter can create ban, can, fan, man, pan, ran and more... that's when their reading really starts to take off.

Children will typically quickly grasp the idea of word families. Ever notice when your children are playing and they will naturally line cars or blocks up in a pattern? They will do this without ever being taught to. So finding the patterns in words will come naturally too.

Take things slowly. Let your child feel confident with one word family before moving on to the next one. Use other worksheets, flash cards or early reader books to give your child repeated opportunities to see and understand rhyming words.

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