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Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (5th Edition) (Words Their Way Series) Paperback – June 24, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0137035106 ISBN-10: 0137035101 Edition: 5th

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  • Series: Words Their Way Series
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137035101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137035106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donald R. Bear is director of the E. L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy where he and preservice, Master’s and doctoral students teach and assess children who struggle to learn to read and write. Donald is a professor in the Department of Educational Specialties in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald has been a classroom teacher and he researches and writes about literacy development and instruction. He is an author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including Words Their Way® , Words Their Way ®with English Learners, and Vocabulary Their Way.

Shane Templeton is Foundation Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is Program Coordinator for Literacy Studies. A former elementary and secondary teacher, his research focuses on the development of orthographic knowledge. He has written several books on the teaching and learning of reading and language arts and is a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. He is author of the "Spelling Logics" column in Voices from the Middle, the middle school journal of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Marcia Invernizzi is a professor of reading education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Marcia is also the director of the McGuffey Reading Center, where she teaches the clinical practica in reading diagnosis and remedial reading. Formerly an English and reading teacher, she works with Book Buddies, Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI), and Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).

Francine Johnston is a former first grade teacher and reading specialist who learned about word study during her graduate work at the University of Virginia. She is now an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature. Francine frequently works with regional school systems as a consultant and researcher. Her research interests include current spelling practices and materials as well as the relationship between spelling and reading achievement.

 


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It was required reading for graduate school.
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This book has great information and activities for the classroom.
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I just purchased both the book and the online access.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By jj123 on July 6, 2011
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This is a wonderful book filled with ideas. It also comes with an online PDToolkit referenced throughout the book. It was to be up and running on July 2, 2011. I was unable to find a way to log on. I sent an email through their customer service and did not receive a reply. I spent an hour and a half before finally connecting to someone who could answer my question. The Toolkit has not been finished and won't be until "late summer". I suggested that they correct the website. If you should have issues the phone # is 1-800-848-9500. Select invoice and billing.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By SAFE MOM on July 11, 2011
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I am a huge fan of the old Words Your Way book and CD. The web site does not work and you will receive no additional resources. You are much better off ordering the old CD and books. They should not have sold this book until the web site is completed. Oh and by the way, you will have to pay an additional fee for the web resource after the first 6 months. This is not worth the cost!!!!!!!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ed Doctor on September 7, 2011
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I bought the 5th edition of Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (5th Edition) (Words Their Way Series)for our teachers and we were all excited about the PD Toolkit. However, besides it not being available until just recently, it is useless. You can't personalize anything, there is no help available, no contact info - it's just extremely unfriendly. My teachers are very frustrated. Wish I would have purchased an older edition with the CD. I contacted Pearson via email and I got a form "letter" and nothing else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CPickens on July 6, 2013
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I teach elementary special education, and this is a must-have for what I do. Our school bought one copy per grade level. I liked it so much that I purchased my own copy. Yes, it's expensive, but it's full of information. You won't know how you taught without it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on January 17, 2012
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After reading and trialling many spelling programs this one seems like the best fit for all my students.
I like the way it is presented and easy to follow with it all making sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evi on November 21, 2011
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The information within the book is absolutely great. It's easy to read and there are many resources within the books (Appendixes).

The only drawback and reason I gave 3 stars; my disappointment in the PDtoolkit that they eagerly promote "Ground-breaking online PDtoolkit...." The publishers make it sound so easy to use and to claim that there are tons of additional resources, not included with the book, but I could not find them.

I am so thankful that I did NOT pay to subsribe to this service. It's very difficult to use. I was excited about the option of watching the videos (as I am very visual), but the videos aren't helpful, at all.They seem to be random classroom commentaries or discussions, rather than actual step by step videos of how to use,( all new how-to videos, as the publishers claim)or implementation of the program... They claim to have over 40 videos, but I kept seeing the same videos over and over. You have to be quite specific in your choice of words when searching for a specific video. I would often get a message, "could not find information" and I had typed in the words "emergent stage".

I highly recommend the book if this is your introduction to Words Their Way, but do not purchase it for the PDtoolkit.Unless it improves in ease of use and there are actually more purposeful and useful resources that aren't offered in the book, I won't purchase a subscription...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Hart on August 9, 2012
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I've used Words Their Way in my classroom for several years. I just purchased both the book and the online access. While I wish that you could use the web site for free, I'm willing to pay for what the site offers. I read several other comments written last year that weren't positive. I have checked out the site and it works just fine. I look forward to using this as a resource in my first grade classroom. I know my students will love using doing sorts on our Smart Board! I'm glad to have something I can use with my MacBook, too. The old CD that came with the 4th edition wouldn't work on my laptop, so I had to use an old laptop just to print out feature guides. That was a pain. Now, with the online site, I can fully utilize all components of WTW. Thanks not only for this up-to-date resource, but for one that will always be able to be updated (unlike the old CD).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By globaljuju on June 12, 2013
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I love this program. In all my years of teaching, this is the best spelling program I have every used. I love how it adapts to each child individually, has the words nneeded for each child every week, and you can watch the kids grow throughout the year. It can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. My students have all progressed nicely in spelling the last two years because of this program. No more guess work. You know exactly which spelling features your kids need to learn next!The diagnostic tool is fantastic.
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