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Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, 6th edition

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

Published by Pearson (January 2nd 2020) - Copyright © 2016

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Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

ISBN-13: 9780133996333

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Words Their Way® is a hands-on, developmentally-driven approach to word study that illustrates how to integrate and teach children phonics, vocabulary, and spelling skills.

Building on its best-selling approach, this edition of Words Their Way continues the phenomenon that has helped thousands of children improve their literacy skills. The keys to this successful, research-based approach are to know your students’ literacy progress, organize for instruction, and implement word study.


New to the Sixth Edition:

  • Common Core State Standards are listed for each activity. Words Their Way supports the Reading Foundational Skills and the Language Standards across all grades. The depth and breadth of word knowledge developed through Words Their Way will also support the Common Core’s emphasis on reading more complex literary and informational texts.
  • Revised and new activities offer a robust collection of classroom activities sequenced to help students build the skills they need to move on the next developmental stage.  
  • The PDToolkit has been rebuilt to provide improved ease-of-use, and offers:
    • New classroom footage. Video clips show teachers using word study at all stages of development, including English Learners and PreK-K and secondary students.
    • Prepared word sorts and games for each stage will help you get started with word study in your classroom.
    • A Create Your Own feature allows you to modify and create sorts specific to the needs of your students.
    • Assessment Tools that help you monitor students’ progress throughout the year.

Table of contents





Chapter 1 Developmental Word Knowledge

Chapter 2 Getting Started: The Assessment of Orthographic Development

Chapter 3 Organizing for Word Study: Principles and Practices

Chapter 4 Word Study for Learners in the Emergent Stage

Chapter 5 Word Study for Beginners in the Letter Name–Alphabetic Stage

Chapter 6 Word Study for Transitional Learners in the Within Word Pattern Stage

Chapter 7 Word Study for Intermediate Readers and Writers: The Syllables and Affixes Stage

Chapter 8 Word Study for Advanced Readers and Writers: The Derivational Relations Stage



APPENDIX A Assessment Materials

APPENDIX B Sound Boards

APPENDIX C Pictures for Sorts and Games

APPENDIX D Sample Word Sorts by Spelling Stage


APPENDIX F Games and Templates for Sorts

APPENDIX G Other Resources





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