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Easy Printable Crossword Puzzles

Word Families

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Easy printable crossword puzzles are a fun way to sneak in some more spelling and vocabulary practice in the classroom. They're also great to solve together as a family!

Word Families

Each clue contains words in BOLD that belong to the same family. The missing word also belongs to that word family. Figure out the missing word and add it to the crossword puzzle.

Use the crossword diagram to help you find the number of letters in each answer. Note: Some of the answers have two syllables. 

Printable Crossword and Answers

Easy printable crossword puzzles, featuring word families. From www.spelling-words-well.com


2.  Speaking as your guest, I like your orange ___ the best.

4.  The bride could not ___ how wide her dress should be.

6.  The noisy ___ keep me from sleep.

7.  When we awoke to ___, we broke open the window.  

yellow flowers growing from the ground

8. The clump of flowers grew by the tree ___. 

9.  I need to dash out for some ___ to buy some hash browns.

11. I thought we ___ to have bought the apples, not the pears.

13.  These ___ rolls of twine are mine.

14.  Hank ___ enough water to fill a large fish tank!

16. Please spray the serving ___, okay?

17. Do you have the right ___ for fixing this stool?


1. Can you smile while you ___ those papers.

3. There's a ___ by the rake, for goodness' sake!

5.  The ___ is on the log in the bog.        

6.  The truck driver became ___ in the muck.

7.   Do you know about the water ___ that spews out trout?

Red balloon on a string

8. It's not a chore or a bore to look for shells on the ___.

10. Please ___ the snacks inside your backpack.

12. It's a delight to go on a flight at ___,

15. Soon it will be ___, then we will release this balloon.

Additional Activities

Continue the word-family learning with some of these extension activities:

1. Ask students to work in pairs to write two new sentences using two new word families. If they get stuck for ideas, you may suggest some of these word families to them:  ain, ale, all, ame, ate, aw, eat, ell, est, ice, ick, ide, ill, ing, ink, ip, unk, or many others. 

2. Make a set of word family flash cards. Put each word family listed above, plus the families used in the clues, on a separate flash card. Then put a variety of consonants and consonant blends on other flash cards. Keep the consonant cards separate from the first set of cards. Put each pile face down on the table. Place students in groups of 2-3, giving each group their own sets of cards. Instruct one student from each group to draw one card from each face-down pile. Ask of they can form an actual word from the combination they drew. If so, they write the word on their paper and receive one point. If not, play moves to the next person. On each turn, players are allowed just one draw. At the end of playing time, the person with the most actual words written on their page can be declared the winner of Word Family Flashcard Game. 

Examples: Tia draws a D from the consonant pile and an ILE from the word family pile. Since DILE is not a word, she does not write the word and does not receive a point.

Theo draws a CH from the first pile and an ORE from the second pile. Since CHORE is a word, Theo writes CHORE on his page and receives one point. 

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Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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