After we finish our ABC Bootcamp we move on to word families using TKS Bootcamp’s Word Family Bootcamp! Word Family Bootcamp allows us to apply what we learned in ABC Bootcamp following similar routines that we used in ABC Bootcamp. The students use the sounds we mastered in ABC Bootcamp to blend, read, and write CVC words. Word families also provide the scaffolding of rhyming words. That’s the beauty of our TKS Bootcamp Curriculum. Each Bootcamp builds on the previous skill and you’re also integrating multiple skills and strategies for learning to read and write and decode words. The TKS Bootcamp Curriculum also means you’re learning the skills in context and not in isolation!
We follow a 2-day lesson when learning new word families. We do 2 word families a week. If you want to see the order in which I do them, simply go to the Resource Center and click on The Big Picture for any year.
Word Family Bootcamp: Circle Charts
Day 1 of Word Family Bootcamp is the circle chart. Students come up with words for the word family. I draw the word and we spell the words using the beginning sound and the word family. Then, we read the word whole group and the students take turns reading the word by themselves. After we complete the circle map we read all the words multiple times to build fluency.
Word Family Bootcamp: Word Building
Day 2 is word building and word writing. We review the word family from day 1, including how to spell the word family. Then, we use our Word Family Bootcamp cards to say the words and build the words. Next, we read the word in whole group and students take turns independently reading the words. We also do a quick activity where we change the letters in each word and read the new words to build fluency!
After we have built and read the words we write the words! I use this word writing as an informal assessment. As they finish, I check each student’s work and I work one on one with any student who needs some extra help!
Word Family Bootcamp: Digital Activities
Word Family Bootcamp now includes digital activities for Google Slides & Seesaw. However, we have also included the image files so that you can upload them to other platforms.
Digital Activities Include:
- circle charts
- student books with writing
- student books without writing
- word writing/typing
- word building
Word Family Bootcamp: Decodable Readers
One of the newest piece of our TKS Bootcamp Curriculum are the decodable readers. We use the decodable readers in small groups for the students who need some additional practice and support with decoding the word family words. The decodable readers provide more practice with the phonics skill in context and also provide the scaffolding of having pictures to refer to!
Word Family Bootcamp In Action
Additional Activities Included
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Friday we assess the words and practice reading words from both word families for that week using ESGI! All of our TKS BOOTCAMP Curriculum assessments are available on ESGI! SIGN UP WITH THE CODE SMORGIE for a 60 day free trial and save $50 off your subscription!
So how well does Word Family Bootcamp work? Here is our ESGI data from last year’s word families!
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Word Family Bootcamp is also part of our TKS BOOTCAMP Curriculum bundle at a 25% savings if you purchase the entire curriculum
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