Lesson Plans: Word Families

Word Ladder Book - Resource to teach word families.
Teachers use Word Ladders to teach and reinforce letter patterns and rhyming, through writing and repetition. This document contains 53 word ladders, as well as word riddles and questions for each word ladder to help strengthen vocabulary development. The riddles and questions encourage children to think about the meaning of the words, as they use them in learning to read. The word ladders will help children eliminate phonetic frustration, and help build their phonics skills, spelling confidence and self esteem.

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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
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  1. If I find typos and other issues, may I return it? Not saying you folks have errors. It’s just that when I buy things online, they’re often not up to par.

    Just wondering. I love word ladders!

    I hope to hear back from you. 🙂


    1. Hi Paula,
      ABSOLUTELY. I always want to know of typos so that I can correct them! I am definitely not perfect so – if there is an error I am happy to fix for you and everyone…(and refund if necessary!) I know I just had an error in my Olympic worksheets -I was happy someone wrote me so I could correct it 🙂

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