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Word Families - ar, ark, art

The word families ar, ark & art demonstrate the letter a making the /ar/ sound.  This is a somewhat challenging word family for children to learn but I find it easier when these three families are taught together.

Free Word Family Activities

  1. Draw the word families:  draw a picture of the following word families in action!
    • Don't drive the car too far.
    • There is a spark glowing in the dark.
    • Start thinking smart.
  2. Create your own word family sentences using the ones above as a model.  Try to create at least one sentence for each family.
  3. Create a short rhyme using your word families.  This is a good activity to do as a group.  Here are some examples:

    I took a pickle from a jar,
    And ate it in my daddy's car.

    The cow said moo, the dog said bark,
    The cat said meow to the pretty lark.

    I wish I were almost as smart,
    As my best friend silly Bart.

  4. Other activities:
  5. Use the free printable worksheets provided to reinforce the activities.
  6. Flash card activities:

    These cards can be used for sentence building with the sentence sequencing activities.

    Print two copies of this worksheet to play "concentration" (the memory game).  Or print the flash card worksheets from a number of word families to play "go fish" or "snap".


Flash cards for the word families (6 each)  [ar]   [ark]   [art]