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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2010
This word sort book is an awesome resource that I use in my class during Word Study. I also have the other books in the series (each one focuses on different skills/grade levels.) This particular book is for K-1 readers. There are a pictures instead of words for the word sorts. I use this series in my classroom as a center activity and sometimes as an activity for the entire class.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2009
This book is an excellent source for emergent readers, and detailed lessons on where to begin. This book has been extremely helpful and for a very busy teacher. It also provides a lot of hands on activities for the students.
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on March 12, 2014
I love Words Their Way! The way they organize teaching phonics and word study is very logical. I like the process of having students really look at patterns in words, but not neglect "oddballs" or rule-breakers. I would definitely recommend this program to other teachers. My only complaint would be the font that they use for the word sorts. The lowercase "a" has the curl on top (just like this font!) which is not how we teach children to write "a" anymore. I do think they should be able to recognize both ways so it's not a problem, but I would have preferred a more modern kid-friendly font.
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on February 1, 2014
I use this curriculum to teach spelling and love the kinesthetic and visual approach to learning. It teaches the patterns in a comprehensive way, building upon itself as you move through the levels. Most notably, the pre-assessment is an excellent tool. If you are purchasing this, you will need to buy the administrators book as well in order to have the assessment and to learn the different ways to use this program.
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on July 26, 2013
Excellent book for giving tools to assess and develop phonetic understanding with primary students. The book includes word sorts and activities, as well as an excellent assessment to find where students are on the continuum of phonetic awareness. I really like the book and recommend it for anyone teaching students in the Letter Name/Alphabetic stage of spelling.
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on September 12, 2014
I got this book to supplement the Words Their Way K and I'm so excited to use it with the kids this year. Everything is clear and easy to use and the students really enjoy the sorts. I like that they are working at different levels according to their skill, and I don't have to reinvent the wheel. I'm so happy with these books.
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on November 13, 2013
This curriculum is helping my students learn spelling basics. I have been able to teach just the right lessons to several groups of students within my classroom. Most students are feeling successful using these word sorts. They are learning decoding tools to assist them in knowing how to spell other words.
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on July 23, 2010
MY book was here within a few days. It looked brand new. The book will be a great help in my class. I am going to start using the WTW program for spelling/word study, and this will take a step out of planning for me, because it already has sorts developmentally in order.
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on March 28, 2010
I have been using this series for 3 years so my students have spelling words at their level. I love the way the books lay out all of the sorts and explain how each one works. My students' spelling have all improved greatly from it!
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