A list of over 105 CVC words grouped into CVC Word Families, organized by the same middle vowel and ending consonant. Get the free printable anchor chart to use for classroom or individual reading practice!
CVC Word Families
CVC word families are groups of words that follow the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern and contain the same ending part of the word (so the same middle vowel and final letter). Essentially, they’re groups of CVC words that rhyme!
Teaching word families helps to develop an awareness of onset-rime within syllables. Onset refers to the first consonant sound that comes before the vowel. Rime refers to the group of letters that follow, starting with the vowel and any following consonants.
👉 Example: In the word pat, p is the onset, and -at is the rime.
Grouping words in this way helps strengthen onset-rime awareness, an important phonological awareness skill. This helps the brain make connections between letters and sounds, and leads to expansion of sight word vocabulary and builds automaticity.
Using the Chart
Print the chart and use it for group practice. Start by pointing to one word family, then the first word in that group.
For each word on each list, say out loud, “If I can read [word family], then I can read [word]. Then repeat, moving on to the next word on the list.
This might seem repetitive, but it builds an awareness of common word parts. And that’s an empowering skill for kids to learn!
They quickly realize that if they can read -at, they can now read bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, and sat.
Dr. Louisa Moats, in her book Speech to Print, provides a great multisensory activity for onset-rime division using felt squares.
Teacher says: “Let’s say some words in parts. I’ll say the whole word. Then you say the whole word and then divide it into two parts. Touch a syllable square [colored felt square] for each part, like this.” [Model the technique first.]
c-ar sh-ip w-ave p-ie sk-at d-esk(2020, p. 83)
Short a CVC Words
-at words: bat, cat, mat, hat, rat.
-ag words: rag, bag, tag, wag, zag.
-an words: can, pan, man, fan, ran, van.
-ap words: cap, nap, map, gap, tap, rap, lap, zap, sap.
-am words: jam, ham, ram, Pam, Sam.
-ab words: cab, lab, tab, nab, gab.
-ad words: mad, sad, dad, pad, lad, fad, tad.
Short e CVC Words
-et words: net, wet, pet, jet, vet, let, met, set, get.
-en words: hen, pen, ten, men, Ken, den, yen, Ben.
-eg words: leg, peg, beg, Meg.
-ed words: red, bed, wed, fed, led.
Short i CVC Words
-ig words: pig, wig, dig, fig, big, jig, rig.
-ip words: rip, lip, zip, sip, tip, dip.
-in words: pin, win, fin, tin, bin.
-it words: pit, hit, sit, bit, fit, zit, mit, kit.
-ix words: six, fix, mix.
-im words: rim, him, dim, Kim, Tim.
Short o CVC Words
-og words: dog, hog, log, fog, bog.
-ot words: hot, pot, cot, bot, dot, lot, rot, not.
-op words: cop, mop, top, pop, hop.
-ob words: job, rob, mob, sob, Bob.
Short u CVC Words
-ug words: mug, hug, bug, tug, rug, lug, pug, dug.
-un words: sun, fun, run, bun, pun.
-ut words: nut, cut, hut, but, rut, but.
-ub words: sub, tub, cub, rub, hub.
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Printable Anchor Chart
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