Words Their Way - Companion Volume: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers


Designed to help teachers working with transitional readers in the within word pattern stage of spelling development (Grades 1 – 4).

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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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Introducing Words Their Way Australia

Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers

Designed to help teachers working with transitional readers in the within word pattern stage of spelling development (Grades 1 – 4), the sorts in this companion volume help students begin contrasting long and short vowels and sorting words by grammatical and semantic features. The book begins by reexamining short- and long-vowel sounds with picture sorts, moving on to word sorts to thoroughly examine vowel patterns and assess students’ understanding of short- and long-vowel patterns. The text moves on to dipthongs and other ambiguous vowel sounds, and finally to complex consonants and consonant clusters, contractions, inflectional endings and homophones. 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


  • Sorts 1 - 6
    • Picture Sorts for Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds
    • Spell Check 1: Assessment for Long Vowel Sounds
  • Sorts 7 - 12
    • Word Sorts Contrasting Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds and Patterns (CVC and CVCe)
    • Spell Check 2: Assessment for Short- and Long (CVCe)-Vowel Spelling Patterns
  • Sorts 13 - 18
  • Common Long-Vowel Patterns (CVCe and CVVC)
  • Spell Check 3: Assessing the CVVC Long-Vowel Pattern for A, E, O andU


  • Sorts 19 - 24
    • Less Common Long-Vowel Patterns
    • Spell Check 4: Assessment for Less Common Long-Vowel Patterns
  • Sorts 25 - 30
    • R-Influeced Vowel Patterns
    • Spell Check 5: Assessment for R-Influenced Vowels


  • Sorts 31 - 35
    • Diphthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowel Sounds
    • Spell Check 6: Assessment for Diphthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowels
  • Sorts 36 - 42
    • Beginning and Ending Complex Consonants and Consonant Clusters
    • Spell Check 7: Assessment for Beginning Complex Consonant Clusters
    • Spell Check 8: Assessment for Hard and Soft C and G and Word Endings -CE, -SE, and -VE
    • Spell Check 9: Assessment for Complex Consonant Clusters DGE/GE andTCH/CH
  • Sorts 43 - 44
    • High-Frequency Words and Contractions
    • Spell Check 10: Assessment for High-Frequency Words Starting with A- andBe-
    • Spell Check 11: Assessment for Contractions
  • Sorts 45 - 46
    • Inflectional Endings for Plural and Past Tense
    • Spell Check 12: Base Word + Inflection: Plural and Past Tense Endings
  • Sorts 47 - 50
    • Long Vowel Homophones
  • Appendix


'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 9780135148433
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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