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Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers, 2nd edition

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

Published by Pearson (April 4th 2008) - Copyright © 2009

2nd edition


Words Their Way® companion volumes, 2e

We believe that the hands-on word sorting approach to word study is invaluable to you and your students.  These stage-specific companion volumes to Words Their Way®: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction provide a complete curriculum of reproducible sorts and detailed directions for the teacher working with students in each stage of spelling development, from emergent through derivational relations. 


NEW! All second editions boast

  • Literature Connections making links between features being studies and valuable children’s literature
  • Targeted Learners sections that clarify which students will benefit most from the instruction
  • Spell Checks and other Assessments available more frequently throughout
  • High Frequency Words receive special attention 

Designed to help teachers working with transitional readers in the within word pattern stage of spelling development (Grades 1 — 4), the sorts in this companion volume help students begin contrasting long and short vowels and sorting words by grammatical and semantic features.  The book begins by reexamining short- and long-vowel sounds with picture sorts, moving on to word sorts to thoroughly examine vowel patterns and assess students’ understanding of short- and long-vowel patterns.  The text moves on to diphthongs and other ambiguous vowel sounds, and finally to complex consonants and consonant clusters, contractions, inflectional endings and homophones.


Table of contents



Sorts 1 - 6

Picture Sorts for Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds

Spell Check 1:  Assessment for Long Vowel Sounds

Sorts 7 - 12

Word Sorts Contrasting Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds and Patterns (CVC and CVCe)

Spell Check 2:  Assessment for Short- and Long (CVCe)-Vowel Spelling Patterns

Sorts 13 - 18

Common Long-Vowel Patterns (CVCe and CVVC)

Spell Check 3:  Assessing the CVVC Long-Vowel Pattern for A, E, O andU




Sorts 19 - 24

Less Common Long-Vowel Patterns

Spell Check 4:  Assessment for Less Common Long-Vowel Patterns

Sorts 25 - 30

R-Influeced Vowel Patterns

Spell Check 5:  Assessment for R-Influenced Vowels



Sorts 31 - 35

Diphthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowel Sounds

Spell Check 6: Assessment for Diphthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowels

Sorts 36 - 42

Beginning and Ending Complex Consonants and Consonant Clusters

Spell Check 7:  Assessment for Beginning Complex Consonant Clusters

Spell Check 8:  Assessment for Hard and Soft C and G and Word Endings -CE, -SE, and -VE

Spell Check 9:  Assessment for Complex Consonant Clusters DGE/GE and TCH/CH

Sorts 43 - 44

High-Frequency Words and Contractions

Spell Check 10: Assessment for High-Frequency Words Starting with A- and Be-

Spell Check 11: Assessment for Contractions

Sorts 45 - 46

Inflectional Endings for Plural and Past Tense

Spell Check 12: Base Word + Inflection: Plural and Past Tense Endings

Sorts 47 - 50

Long Vowel Homophones


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