Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Words Their Way- Day 3 & Give-away!

Welcome to Words Their Way Week!
Although my students do some form of reading/ writing skills practice during literacy stations every day, I set aside a separate time 8 out of the 10 days in a 2-week period for Words Their Way or a connected word study activity.  After the open sort and a closed sort with teaching, I will integrate in some other activities to extend the practice and cement the spelling/ sound pattern into their brains.  Here are some of my favorites:
  • Have students pick 5 words that fit the pattern (I usually give them a list to help) and they write a sentence for each.  This helps them apply the vocabulary side of the program. Other grades/ higher levels have more vocabulary work in WTW.
  • Students can do speed sorts with a buddy (like a race) or by them selves with a timer going for the whole class to use.
  • Write the room, looking for their group's spelling pattern.
  • Word hunt in magazines, cutting out the words and gluing them to a paper which is labeled with the pattern.
  • Word hunt in poetry (I find a good poem or nursery rhyme).  Students can highlight the pattern words.
  • Students can build words with letter tiles, then write on a dry erase board.  Again, I will often provide some words to get them going with the spelling.
  • I also love the "Making Words" activities.  I created a making words, with paper, activity for each of the sorts in the Letter-Name Alphabetic Spellers and in the Within Word Pattern Spellers stages.  I may not do all of them, but it's always ready as another option.
In celebration of Words Their Way and this chilly Michigan morning..... I'm giving away BOTH of my Working With Words packets that I have listed on Teachers Pay Teachers!
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Be sure to enter by Friday at midnight.
One lucky reader will get both emailed to him/her on Saturday. 
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This is my FIRST giveaway, so I hope this works... it seems too easy :)
Come back every day for more tips and tricks for words study!
Thursday: Word Work books
Friday: Game Day!


  1. We are using Fontas & Pinnell.

  2. We use Words Their Way too! We haven't started yet. I LOVE your ideas!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  3. We use our reading program- Houghtlin Mifflin Journeys. But we know about Words Their Way. I would like to use it more. I need to get the book.

  4. We use our reading program too! It's Houghton Mifflin. We also use a special phonic's program.

  5. We use Houghton Mifflin too.

  6. If I am doing daily 5, would you recommend students doing wtw activities during the word work portion? I teach kindergarten and right now I just focus on cvc and sight words during word work, but this seems much more differentiated.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I think once the students are secure in the routine of D5 and are independent, you could definately insert WTW into the routine for word work. Our kindergartens start WTW as a whole group to learn the process and routine, then move it to a center station each week. You just have to make sure that you take the time to teach each group the concept before releasing them to sort and move on to other activities with their sort words. Good luck!