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DIY Word Family Sliders

Teaching students to identify “chunks” in words is an important step in learning to read.  Identifying these “chunks” helps to build fluency as the student will not have to stop and blend each individual sound.  Word families are groups of words that share the same ending.  For example, the words: can, Dan, fan, man, pan, ran, tan, and van all belong to the “-an” word family.   Learning these “chunks” and patterns within words also helps students spell when writing words.  Word Sliders and Word Wheels are helpful when introducing word families.  Try this little freebie when teaching word families in your classroom.

To assemble the word family sliders you will need:

  • 6  8 1/2x 11 full sheet labels (Avery 48165)
  • 18 Glidden 3×5 paint sample cards (if you want to color coordinate your pictures, I listed the paint sample colors on the last page of the pdf)


  • 4 sheets of cardstock.

1.  Print pages 1-6 of the attached pdf on the full sheet labels and pages 7-10 on cardstock.

Click HERE to download the pdf of the cards and letter strips

2.  Cut word cards along the dotted line and cut out the letter strips

3.  Peel the backing from the word cards and place over color coordinating paint sample.


4.  With an Exacto knife, cut a line on the dotted lines on the cards.

cut slitsrev

5.  Weave the corresponding letter strips though the slits.  The colors of the strips should match the card and the word family is typed toward the bottom.


When you assemble this activity, you will have 18 Word Family Sliders to use during your small group intervention!


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22 Responses to “DIY Word Family Sliders”

  1. letti says:

    Thank you so much for these! How wonderful!

  2. Lisa says:

    I just stumbled upon your page today. You’ve posted so many great ideas! I’ve already seen so many I could use in my K-2 special ed class. Thanks!

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  3. This was on my to-do list to make. Now I don’t have to create from scratch. Thank you very much!

    From a homeschooling mom of 4 very busy children!

  4. Lori says:

    Love the word sliders! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. Sharon says:

    These are fantastic, thanks so much. I printed and laminated both cards and letter lists rather than print on label and card and these are equally effective. Thanks again.

  6. NannyC says:

    Thank you! Love them.

  7. Marianne says:

    You’ve made these so easy and do-able! I’m thrilled!

  8. Lois Tschaepe says:

    I love these! Perfect for my just-beginning-to-read grandsons.

    Thank you!

  9. Francis says:

    These are great! My 6 yo is loving them and my 3 yo twins are sliding them trying to read as well. Adding the Glidden color cards may a big difference. THANKS

  10. Juwariyah says:

    Thank you very much for sharing these! They are awesome. ♥

  11. Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing this great activity. It will a fun to use!

  12. Rebekah says:

    Thank you so much for these. I downloaded them a couple months ago and my daughter has been working with them. She loves them and is willing to do them without being asked.

  13. These are fantastic!! I love it. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Jen Butterworth says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Eileen says:

    Great ideas. Kids love word slides.

  16. Mary Schofield says:

    Thank you so much!

  17. Colette says:

    Thank you so much – this is lovely for my 6 year old extra lesson kiddo

  18. I have been using your word family sliders with my kids in our homeschool. My husband was home yesterday when we were working with your sliders and he said they were neat and that he would have liked to have had them to use when he was in school just because they looked like fun :) The kids are enjoying them too :) Thank you for sharing these!

  19. anselma says:

    You are an amazing person!Thank you for being so generous. I visit this site everyday since I found it.It has made my lessons fun and the kids are motivated more than ever

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