Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Derivational Relations Spellers, Global Edition, 3rd Edition

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Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Derivational Relations Spellers, Global Edition, 3rd Edition

By Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston, Donald R. Bear, Marcia Invernizzi
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The ideal stage-specific companion to Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction.

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 prepared sorts and activities covering the full curriculum of word study for advanced readers and writers in the derivational relations stage of spelling development. Complete with 65 reproducible sorts, and dozens of other activities and assessments, this book provides all of the resources needed to engage in generative word study. 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.

The 3rd Edition includes enhanced step-by-step directions for each sort, generalisations for each lesson, questions to facilitate critical thinking, support for English learners, as well as weekly and unit assessments.
  • A complete curriculum of reproducible sorts and word-sorting activities for advanced readers in the derivational relations stage of spelling.
  • Reproducible sorts—65 in all—are organised by basic and advanced levels into 12 units.
  • Step-by-step directions include generalisations for each lesson highlighting what students will learn, tips for sorting and discussion, critical thinking questions, and opportunities to extend and apply learning.
  • Generative word study engages students in the examination of the structure or morphology of written words and how the spelling of words visually represents meaning units, or morphemes—prefixes, suffixes, base words, and Greek and Latin word roots.
  • Word sort lessons are now broken down into 7 sections: Generalisation, Explore Meaning, Sorting and Discussion, Extend, Apply, and Additional Words.
  • Clearly stated generalisations at the beginning of each lesson highlight what students will learn from each activity.
  • Extend sections provide follow-up activities that go beyond sorting and involve students in word hunts, listening exercises, and more.
  • Apply sections for each sort ask students to use the generalisation to develop strategies for spelling unfamiliar words.
  • English learners notes at the beginning of each unit provide guidance to teachers, including information on cognates and other related words.
  • Weekly and unit assessments allow teachers to monitor student progress.
Table of contents
  • Level 1: Basic Derivational Relations
  • Unit I: Suffixes and Prefixes
  • Unit II: Derivational Suffixes
  • Unit III: The Suffix -ion
  • Unit IV: Spelling-Meaning Patterns 1
  • Unit V: Latin and Greek Word Parts 1
  • Unit VI: Spelling-Meaning Patterns 2
  • Unit VII: Latin and Greek Word Parts 2
  • Unit VIII: Spelling-Meaning Patterns 3
  • Level 2: Advanced Derivational Relations
  • Unit IX: Latin and Greek Word Parts 3
  • Unit X: Latin and Greek Word Parts 4
  • Unit XI: Prefix Assimilation
  • Unit XII: Miscellaneous Sorts



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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