Words Their Way Classroom

Supplemental Elementary Reading Program

Words Their Way Classroom is the K-5 supplemental literacy program that helps teach phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Developmental stages reflect students’ spelling behavior as they move from one level of word knowledge to the next. Renowned authors Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Francine Johnston, Shane Templeton, and Lori Helman are back with a new edition, including complete digital functionality on our Savvas Realize online learning platform plus full-color, consumable workbooks.

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Building a Literacy Foundation One Sort at a Time

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Focus on Developmental Spelling Stages

Words Their Way Classroom carefully aligns instruction with the five developmental stages of spelling: Emergent-Early Letter Name, Letter Name, Within Word Pattern, Syllables and Affixes, and Derivational Relations. Word Study Notebooks are available for each developmental stage.

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Teacher Resources Guide

Interactive Approach for Teaching Word Knowledge, Not Memorization

At the heart of the program is the hands-on or interactive sort. The sort invites students to group words or pictures representing specific sounds into categories. Most sorts begin with teacher-directed instruction along with questions to guide student learning and generalizations.

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Just 15 to 20 Minutes a Day

The word study routine is easy to implement and fits within almost any ELA instructional block. Each lesson provides strategies to model the sort, practice it, and apply and assess learning. Differentiated instruction and school-home connections maximize learning opportunities.

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Digital interactivity

Add Variety, Sort Online

What do kids love? Digital interactivity! Take word work online with interactive resources. Demonstrate the sort and allow students to practice online. Combine with the print resources or download and copy PDFs for students.

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Discipline: Literacy

Copyright: 2019

Grade(s): K - 5

Program Type: Supplemental

Delivery Method: Blended (Print & Digital)

Device: Tablet, Computer

Operating System: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS

Funding Sources: Title I, RTI, ESSER

Words Their Way Classroom

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