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The am Word Family Workbook

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This hands-on activity pack helps kindergarten students build essential literacy skills. The main goal is to increase your students’ vocabulary, learn to read and identify the short ă sound in an active and hands-on way.

This workbook combines 13 hands-on worksheets and activities for independent and guided learning. You can find them in two versions: in color and with outlines.

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1. How to Teach Short a Words. 9 practical tips to build essential phonics skills | Article
2. Classroom Poster
3. Reading Cards: the short ă sound, the at word family
4. Clip Cards: identify the short sound
5. Clip cards: identify the word family
6. Clip the Rhyming Picture
7. Short a Sound Worksheets: Cat, Hat, Mat, Rat and Sat
8. at Word Family Worksheets: Cat, Hat, Mat, Rat and Sat
9. Reading Book
10. Short Story
11. Spelling Dictionary
12. Cut and Paste Activity
13. Review Sheet

There are five books on learning short a words. The article “How to teach short a Words” included in all five books in the series.


Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)

Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Reading Skills. Students will complete different reading activities. With reading cards, students will identify the short a medial sound and the -am word family. Students will read cvc words, short passages, short story and mini-book (combine pre-primer Dolch list and CVC words).

Reading Comprehension. After reading a short story, students will glue pictures following the sequencing in the story and answer few questions.

Writing Skills. Students will practice tracing CVC words, writing and spelling in different ways. They will build short ă words using different materials, they will write words by hearing them, connect letters to construct the word, and more.

Creativity. Students encouraged to color the pictures for the words they have learned.

As well practice fine motor skills and perform a sorting activity.


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Pages: 38 (including cover)
File Size: 8.6 MB
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License: Individual nontransferable


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