Words Their Way - Companion Volume: Word Sorts for Derivational Relations Spellers

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This companion volume, provides word study for advanced readers and writers in the derivational relations stage of spelling development (Grades 5 – 12).

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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: Word Sorts for Derivational Relations Spellers

This companion volume, provides word study for advanced readers and writers in the derivational relations stage of spelling development (Grades 5 – 12). The text focuses on spelling and vocabulary knowledge that grow primarily through processes of derivation—from a single base word or word root to a number of related words derived through the addition of prefixes and suffixes. Additionally, students explore word origins and word spelling-meaning relationships. Features

  • Literature Connections making links between features being studies and valuable children’s literature
  • Targetted 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


  • Unit I: Prefixes
    • Sort 1 Prefixes (in-, un-, dis-, mis-)
    • Sort 2 Prefixes (pre-, post-, fore-, after-)
    • Sort 3 Prefixes (re-, ex-, in-, de-)
    • Sort 4 Prefixes (sub-, com-, pro-, en-)
    • Assessment for Sorts 1 -4
  • Unit II: Derivational Suffixes
    • Sort 5 Suffixes (-y and —ly)
    • Sort 6 comparative suffixes (-er, -est, -iest, -ier)
    • Sort 7 Noun Suffixes (-er, -or, -ist, -ian)
    • Suffixes (-ment, -less, -ness)
    • Sort 9 Siffixes (-ary, -ery, -ory)
    • Sort 10 Suffixes (-ty and —ity)
    • Sort 11 suffixes (-al, -ial, -ic)
    • Sort 12 Adjective Suffixes (-ful, -ous, -ious)
    • Sort 13 Ver b Suffixes (-en, -ize, -ify)
    • Assessment for Sorts 5 — 13
  • Unit III: The Suffix -ion
    • Sort 14 Adding —ion to Base Words, No Spelling Change
    • Sort 15 Adding —ion and —ian, no spelling change
    • Sort 16 Adding —ion; e-drop and Spelling Change
    • Sort 17 Adding —ation, -cation, and —ition
    • Assessment for Sorts 14 - 17
  • Unit IV: Spelling-Meaning Patterns
    • Sort 18 Consonant Alternation
    • Sort 19 Vowel Alternation — Long to Short
    • Sort 20 Vowel Alternation — Long to Short/Schwa
    • Sort 21 Adding Suffixe -ity: Vowel Alternation, Schwa to Short
    • Sort 22 Vowel Alternation, Long, Short, and Schwa
    • Sort 23 Adding -ion: Vowel Alternation — Spelling Change
    • Sort 24 Multiple Vowel Alternations
    • Assessment for Sorts 18 - 24
  • Unit V: Greek and Latin Elements I
    • Sort 25 Greek Number Prefixes mono- , uni-, bi-, tri-)
    • Sort 26 More Number Prefixes
    • Sort 27 Greek and Latin Elements: Size (micro-, mega-, super- hyper-)
    • Sort 28 Greek Roots (tle, phon, photo, graph)
    • Sort 29 More Greek Roots (geo, therm, scope, meter, logy)
    • Sort 30 Latin Roots (spect, port, form)
    • Sort 31 Latin Roots (dic, aud, vis)
    • Sort 32 Latin Roots (gress, rupt, tract, mot)
    • Sort 33 Latin Roots (fract, flect.flex, ject, mist./mit)
    • Sort 34 Latin Roots (man, scrib/script, cred, fac)
    • Assessment for Sorts 25 - 34
  • Unit VI: Greek and Latin Elements II
    • Sort 35 Latin Roots (duc/duct, sequ/sec, flu, ver/vert)
    • Sort 36 Latin Roots ( bene, mal) and Prefixes (ante-, post-)
    • Sort 37 Greek and Latin Elements: Amount (magni, min, poly, omni)
    • Sort 38 Greek and Latin Elements: Body (cap, corp, dent/don’t, ped/ od)
    • Sort 39 Greek and Latin Elements: (terr, astr/aster, hydra/hydro, bio)
    • Sort 40 Latin Roots (gen, mort, bio)
    • ort 41 Latin Ro ts (ven/vent, junct, spir, sec/sect)
    • Sort 42 Latin Roots (jud, leg, mod, biblio)
    • Assessment for Sorts 35 - 42
  • Unit VII: Greek and Latin Elements III
    • Sort 43 Latin and Latin Roots (voc, ling/lang, mem, psych)
    • Sort 44 Greek and Latin Roots (path, sens/sent, med/medi, sol)
    • Sort 45 Prefixes (intra-, inter-, intro-, circum-)
    • Sort 46 Latin Roots (press, pur/purg, fus, pend)
    • Sort 47 Latin Roots (pos, loc, sist, sta/stat/stit)
    • Sort 48 Latin Roots (ced/cess/ceed, ten/tend, lit)
    • Sort 49 Predictable Spelling Changes in Word Roots (ceive/cept, tain/ten, nounce/nun)
    • Assessemnt for Sorts 43 - 49
  • Unit VIII: Advanced Spelling-Meaning Patterns
    • Sort 50 Suffixes (-ent/-ence, -ant/-ance)
    • Sort 51 Suffixes (-ent/-ence/-ency, -ant/-ance/-ancy)
    • Sort 52 Suffixes (--able, -ible)
    • Sort 53 Adding -able (e-drop and y to i)
    • Sort 54 Accent and Doubling
    • Sort 55 Words from French
    • Assessment for Sorts 50 — 54
  • Unit IX: Prefix Assimilation
    • Sort 56 Prefix Assimilation: in-
    • Sort 57 Prefix Assimilation: com-
    • Sort 58 Prefix Assimilation: sub-
    • Sort 59 Prefix Assimilation: ex- and —ob
    • Sort 60 Prefix Assimilation: ad-
    • Assessment for Sorts 56 - 60
  • Appendices
  • Blank Template
  • Word Work at Home
  • Word Sort Corpus


'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 9780135145784
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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