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Words their Way

Achieve better results in your classroom with this highly regarded resource
on word study for phonics, vocabulary and spelling instruction.


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Words Their Way and its companion volumes enable you to assess, clearly identify and document each student's spelling stage, and tailor activities to improve your student's spelling knowledge.

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.


Words Their Way


Words Their Way Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, Sixth Global Edition

This is the core text for Words Their Way, providing all the tools you need to assess, identify and document each student's spelling stage, and to tailor activities to improve your student's spelling knowledge.

The sixth global edition features:

  • revised and new classroom activities
  • additional resources and assessments
  • new ideas for teaching proofreading and dictionary skills
  • new suggestions for leading discussions
  • a new sample questions chart to guide problem solving, reflections, applications and transfer
  • a new marginal icon that links the reader to specific videos, word sorts, and assessments available on the online PD Toolkit.

This edition includes a complimentary twelve month subscription to the Online PDToolKit, where teachers can access digital learning material including online diagnostic tools, interactive word sorts, games and videos.

Words Their Way Australian Supplement DVD

The Words Their Way series is now also supported by the Words Their Way Australian Supplement DVD. It's the perfect resource for adapting this resource to use in an Australian classroom setting, plus adding to the resource with new digital word sort activities for use on interactive whiteboards, classroom computers and iPads. It includes:

  • an Australian Adjustments table for each spelling stage, summarising the revisions made for the Australian classroom
  • an Australian Curriculum: English chart, relating the Words Their Way spelling stages to both the three layers of English orthography and the Australian Curriculum: English content descriptions
  • reproducible replacement word sorts with revised word lists to accommodate Australian spelling and pronunciation
  • digital word sort activities for use on interactive whiteboards, classroom computers and iPads
  • teaching notes for each spelling stage, providing teaching tips, additional information and supporting notes for replacement and extra word sorts
  • an introductory video and case studies from Australian classrooms to help implement this resource in your school.

This product is available either with a single user and faculty licence for a maximum of 5 faculty members, or with a Multi-User Network Licence (MUNL).



Professional Development

Words Their Way: A Practical Classroom Approach to Word Study

Learn how to effectively use Words Their Way to assess and identify the spelling stages of your students, tailor spelling activities to support students in their spelling development, and create a positive approach to the teaching and learning of spelling. 


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Words Their Way: A Whole School Strategy

This workshop is designed for school, literacy and curriculum leaders who are currently using Words Their Way, and want to successfully integrate Words Their Way strategies school-wide.



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