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Great spelling series
on January 12, 2011
I love the Words Their Way series for teaching kids how to spell. I appreciate that it gives them the tools to figure out how to write unknown words on their own with more accuracy as they continue through the different levels. I've used these books with highly gifted first and second graders, and have needed the red, yellow, green, and blue books for students at these age levels. Because the range of spelling ability is so wide in my classroom, I especially appreciate that the sorts are grouped by similar features, and these features are revisited time and time again through the different books, bringing a new level of sophistication to it each time. With this series, I am able to keep several different levels of spelling going in my classroom at any given time without feeling overwhelmed or feeling like some of my students are not getting appropriately leveled instruction. It's so easy to follow that once I familiarize my students with their new sort, they all complete the same assignments, just with different words. They are able to work together on some tasks, regardless of whether their words are the same or different, and this exposes them to features they will encounter soon, or helps to review features they have already practiced.