Words Their Way - Companion Volume: Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers

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This first volume introduces the idea of concept sorts for students in the emergent stage of spelling development (Pre-K through Grade 1).

Availability: Out of Stock Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780135145791 Publisher: Pearson Categories: EnglishVocabularySpellingPhonics

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Words Their Way is a highly successful and highly regarded program on word study for phonics, vocabulary and spelling instruction. It allows the teacher to assess and clearly identify the spelling stage of each student, and to tailor activities that engage students so they actively construct their own knowledge of spelling patterns. Words Their Way is a teacher-directed, student-centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development whereby students engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words. It caters for differentiated learning in the classroom, rather than a one-size fits all solution. The Australian Supplement has been developed as a direct result of feedback from Australian teachers.

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Words Their Way: Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers

This first volume introduces the idea of concept sorts for students in the emergent stage of spelling development (Pre-K through Grade 1). The word study lesson plan format of demonstrate, sort, check, and reflect is expanded in this stage to include reading aloud and writing activities. The early concept sorting activities are followed with picture sorts that develop phonemic awareness and include activities for rhyming, syllabication, and sound play. Alphabet knowledge and letter recognition are then covered, along with sorts that look at concept of word in print, as well as poems, jingles and short text selections that can be shared with children. Students are then ushered into sorts that introduce beginning consonants with pictures, laying the foundation for the letter-name stage. Features

  • Literature Connections making links between features being studies and valuable children’s literature
  • Targeted Learners sections that clarify which students will benefit most from the instruction
  • Spell Checks and other Assessments available more frequently throughout
  • High Frequency Words receive special attention


  • Overview
  • Chapter 1
    • Assessment Notes for the teacher
    • Alphabet Assessments
    • Phonological Assessments
    • Letter Sound Assessments
    • Concept Of Word Assessment
  • Chapter 2
    • Notes for the Teacher
    • Sort 1 Fruit
    • Selection 1 Fruit
    • Sort 2 Selection 2
  • Chapter 3
    • Phonological Awareness Picture Sorts
    • Notes for the Teacher
  • Chapter 4
    • Notes for the Teacher
  • Chapter 5
    • Beginning Sound Sorts
    • Notes for the Teacher
    • Selection 1 The Gingerbread Man
    • Sort 1 Beginning Sounds: M & R
    • Sort 2 Rhyming Words (man and cat)
    • Sort 3 Fonts for M, R, D, C
    • Selection 2 Hey Diddle Diddle
    • Sort 4 Beginning Sounds: D & C
    • Sort 5 Concepts: Real and Make Believe
  • Chapter 6
    • Concept of Word in Print
    • Notes for the Teacher
    • Appendices Template 3 X 4 Template 4 x 5 Template 5 X 6 List of Pictures on Letter Pages



'Words Their Way is a fabulous resource for supporting curriculum differentiation. By using the placement tests, my staff have been able to provide every student with content that is pitched at the appropriate level.' - Stephen Green, Principal, Upper Swan Primary School, Western Australia

'We started looking for a spelling program that was going to be student orientated, hands-on, differentiated and linked to the student's reading and writing program. When we were introduced to Words Their Way we found that it was going to cater for all of these needs.' - Helen Ottaway, Primary Curriculum Coordinator, St Andrews Anglican College, Queensland

'Words Their Way is simple to use, differentiates for all learning styles and gets results.' - Peter Mahoney, Classroom Teacher, Mitchelton State School, Queensland

'Over the past four years, I have worked closely with staff, in a variety of school settings, to introduce 'a whole school spelling approach' using Words Their Way as one of the main resources. Words Their Way is an excellent resource because of the detailed diagnostic information that is generated by entering the children's spelling test results onto the database. It allows teachers to personalise student learning in particular areas of spelling and word study. The resources are a good starting point too.' - Cheryl Laing, Literacy Support, Carnegie Primary School, Victoria

ISBN 9780135145791
Publisher Pearson
Product Type Teacher Resources,
Year Level Early Years, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6,

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