Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers, Global Edition, 3rd Edition

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Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Syllables and Affixes Spellers, Global Edition, 3rd Edition

By Francine Johnston, Marcia Invernizzi, Donald R. Bear, Shane Templeton
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For courses in Reading Methods (Supplementary) / Phonological Awareness and Phonics

In keeping with the authors’ belief that the hands-on word sorting approach to word study is invaluable to teachers and students alike, this volume presents a complete curriculum of word study for students who are in the syllables and affixes stage of spelling development. Complete with 58 sorts, specific teacher directions, suggestions for follow-up activities, and spell checks for ongoing assessment, this collection of sorts presents 24 words each week.

The new edition includes clearly stated generalisations for each lesson, step-by-step directions for each sort, and a new pacing chart and goal setting record form. Together, the Words Their Way core text and this supplement provide teachers with the knowledge and tools to meet the wide range of needs in today's classrooms.

This collection of word-sorting activities is for students who are in the syllables and affixes stage of spelling development, typically intermediate or advanced readers and writers (Grades 3 to 8).
  • The sorts in this collection present 24 words each week, selected according to their frequency of occurrence in reading materials, and allow students to discover spelling generalisations or to compare syllable juncture features and patterns.
  • 58 reproducible sorts that are available for students to use in hands-on sorting activities.
  • Literature Connections which make links between the features being studied and valuable children’s literature.
  • Targeted Learners sections that clarify which students will benefit most from the instruction.
  • High Frequency Words which receive special attention.
  • Notes for the Teacher that are found in each unit and provide placement guidelines and background information about the features of study. The notes also describe weekly routines that ensure practice and enrichment, and offer suggestions for literature connections and games.
  • Directions for how to introduce the sort, as well as additional teaching tips, which are included in each lesson.
  • Clearly stated generalisations for each lesson.
  • Step-by-step directions for each sort, expanded to encourage active thinking with questions to guide reflection and generalising.
  • A new pacing chart and goal setting form to provide guidelines for placing students in the lesson progression, suggestions for modifying the progression of sorts, and tools to monitor students’ progress through each unit.
  • Suggestions for how to explore the meaning of words.
  • "Apply" activities that engage students with active thinking in order to recognise and explore generalisations about how words work.
Table of contents
  • Sorts for Early Syllables and Affixes
  • Unit I: Inflected Endings (-ing, -ed, -s, -es)
  • Unit II: Compound Words
  • Sorts for Middle Syllables and Affixes
  • Unit III: Syllable Juncture
  • Unit IV: Long-Vowel Patterns in Accented Syllables
  • Unit V: Other Vowel Patterns in Accented Syllables
  • Unit VI: Unaccented Syllables
  • Unit VII: Exploring Consonants
  • Sorts for Late Syllables and Affixes
  • Unit VIII: Affixes
  • Unit IX: Miscellaneous Sorts
  • Appendix

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Words Their Way is a teacher-directed, student-centred approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development where students from Kindergarten to junior secondary engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words.


Words Their Way enables teachers to assess, clearly identify and document each student's spelling stage, group students with common needs and tailor activities to improve students’ spelling knowledge.

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