I've had a few emails about how I use my word family board and it's contents. I'm so happy to be able to share. Here are the details...
As you can see, my board is Seuss themed. These are some of the decorations (glitter) that I used to set up the board...
I made pockets at the bottom of the board for each vowel family using scrapbook paper and Seuss themed letters.
For each vowel family that we learn, I made a word card. I glued each card to a piece of scrapbook paper (I actually have short vowel families on polka dot red/blue paper, and long vowel families on solid red/blue paper) and then laminated them.
Each week we introduce 2-3 word families within our word wall/spelling curriculum. I usually begin by reading a book that promotes that family. After the read aloud, the students and I generate a list of words in the same family, much like a word ladder.
We read the list together, using my doc camera, and add the word card to the board. VOILA!!! An interactive board for read around the room, writer's workshop reference, etc.
I love using my word family board and the students even begin to become dependent on referring to it. Of course you could use any theme with this same concept..ocean, jungle, etc. Some of my teammates even had a western themed word family board and polka dot board, using the same families from our curriculum. I hope that this post helps and inspires! Of course, I appreciate any feedback (giggles)!