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Words Their Way Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers, 3rd edition

  • Donald R. Bear
  • Marcia Invernizzi
  • Francine Johnston
  • Shane Templeton

Published by Pearson (February 25th 2018) - Copyright © 2019

3rd edition


The ideal stage-specific companion to Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
In keeping with the authors’ belief that the hands-on, word sorting approach to word study is invaluable to teachers and students alike, this volume presents prepared sorts and activities covering the full curriculum of word study for students who are in the emergent stage of spelling development. Complete with 26 sorts, and dozens of other activities and assessments, this book provides all of the resources needed to teach phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, initial letter sounds, concepts about print, and concept of word in text. Together, the Words Their Way core text and this supplement provide teachers with the knowledge and tools to meet the wide range of needs in today’s classrooms.

The 3rd Edition includes enhanced step-by-step directions for each sort; additional assessments; expanded syllable, rhyme, and font sorts; and reorganized chapters to make word study more teacher- and student-friendly.

Table of contents


1. Assessments for the Emergent Stage
2. Concept Sorts
3. Phonological Awareness Picture Sorts
4. Alphabet Knowledge
5. Word Study for Initial Letter Sounds
6. Concepts about Print and Concept of Word in Text


1. Assessments for the Emergent Stage

Notes for the Teacher
Assessment Summary Sheet and Other Forms
Alphabet Assessments
Phonological Assessments
Phonics and Spelling Assessments
Concepts About Print Assessments
Concept of Word Assessments
Emergent Assessment Summary Sheet
Alphabet Recognition: Capitals
Alphabet Recognition: Lowercase
Syllable Sort
Rhyme Identification with Pictures Alliteration-Beginning Sound Match
Beginning Consonant Sounds and Letters
Qualitative Spelling Checklist for Emergent and Letter Name-Alphabetic Stages
Emergent Class Record
Kindergarten Spelling Inventory
Concepts about Print Assessment
Concepts about Print Sort: “Picture, Letter, Word, or Sentence”
Concept of Word in Text: Recording Form for Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty
Word Recognition in Isolation for Humpty Dumpty
Concept of Word in Text: Recording Form Template

2. Concept Sorts
Notes for the Teacher
Standard Routines for Concept Sorts
Sort 1: Food and Not Food
Sort 2: Fruits and Vegetables
Sort 3: Food Sort
Sort 4: Shapes: Circles, Triangles, and Squares
Sort 5: Animals and Plants
Sort 6: Clothing
Sort 7: Cleaning Items

3. Phonological Awareness Picture Sorts
Notes for the Teacher
Standard Routines for Phonological Awareness Rhyme Sorts
Sort 8: Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go and Rhyming Pairs
Sort 9: Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Sort 10: Frog on a Log? and Rhyming Pairs
Sort 11: Here Are My Hands and Rhyming with Body Parts
Sort 12A, B, and C: Rhyming Sorts for “I Can’t,” Said the Ant
Syllable Sorts
Sort 13A and B: Syllables and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sort 14: Animals and Syllables
Sort 15A and B: Compound Cupcakes

4. Alphabet Knowledge
Notes for the Teacher
Letters I Read
Standard Routines for Learning the Alphabet  
Sort 16: Rhyming Letters
Alphabet Tracking
Alphabet Tracking Strips
Alphabet Squares for Sequencing and Matching
Alphabet Squares (Capitals)
Alphabet Squares (Lowercase)
Letter Lotto
Letter Lotto Board
Sort 17 A, B, C, and D: Font Sorts
Sort 17 A:  Fonts For B, P, D, Q
Sort 17 B: Fonts For F, I, J, T
Sort 17 C: Fonts For H, M, N, U
Sort 17 D: Fonts for Vowels

5. Word Study for Initial Letter Sounds
Notes for the Teacher
Reading Selections and Targeted Words
Standard Routines For Beginning Consonant Sorts
Word Study With English Language Learners
The Gingerbread Man (Introducing M & R with Lines From a Story)
Gingerbread Man
Word Study: Sort 18: Beginning Consonant Sounds: M & R
Sort 19: Rhyming Sort for An and At
Hey Diddle Diddle: Introduce C & D With a Nursery Rhyme
Hey Diddle Diddle
Sentence Strips for Hey Diddle Diddle
Word Study: Sort 20: Beginning Consonant Sounds: D & C
Sort 21: Concept Sort for Real and Make Believe
Letter Page B
Letter Page C
Letter Page D
Letter Page F
Letter Page G
Letter Page H
Letter Page J
Letter Page K
Letter Page L
Letter Page M
Letter Page N
Letter Page P
Letter Page R
Letter Page S
Letter Page T
Letter Page V  
Letter Page W  
Letter Page Y
Letter Page Z
More Selections

6. Concepts about Print and Concept of Word in Text
Notes for the Teacher
Standard Routines for Cap and Cow-T  
Five Little Ducks
Word Study: Sort 22: Beginning Consonant Sounds F, D, & H
The Remaining Selections
Good Morning to You
Happy Birthday
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Rain on the Green Grass 1
Sort 23: Concept Sort for Rainy Day, Sunny Day
Open and Close
Soft Kitty
Jack and Jill
Oh, A-Hunting we will Go
Frame Sentences for Oh A-Hunting We Will Go
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Jump Rope
This is the Way
Frame Sentences: This is the Way
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Pat A Cake, Pat A Cake
Sort 24: Rhyming Sets
“Old Mister Rabbit”
Hickory Dickory Dock
My Fruit
Socks, Shoes, Caps, and Gloves
Peas Porridge Hot
Word Cards for Peas Porridge Hot
Sort 25: Concept Sort for Opposites Five Little Monkeys
Ten in the Bed
Hop a Little, Jump a Little
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Sort 26: Rhyming with Numbers


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