Words Their Way: Word Study in Action Developmental Model


Words Their Way: Study In Action with Developmental Model

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Words Their Way: Word Study in Action Developmental Model. Following the 5 stages of spelling development, this classroom-ready package features all materials needed to assist teachers to instruct in phonics, vocabulary, and spelling.

How Words Their Way Supports the Common Core State Standards

Words Their Way is a foundational program that helps students develop those foundational skills targeted in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Specifically, Words Their Way supports the CCSS’s Reading Foundational Skills and Language Standards in Grades K–5. The depth and breadth of word knowledge developed through the Words Their Way approach to word study also supports the Common Core’s emphasis on students’ reading more complex literary and informational texts.

NEW Words Their Way Whiteboard Activities!

Have fun sorting with a simulated whiteboard experience (provided for demonstration purposes only).

Select the Letter Name sorting activity and the Syllables and Affixes activity.


Developmental Spelling Stages

Words Their Way: Word Study in Action Developmental Model aligns students’ spelling development into the following five research-based stages. This developmental model recognizes the synchronous nature of reading, writing, and spelling, and has identified common characteristics of readers, writers, and spellers along the literacy continuum.

The following presentation will give you a sense of what stage your students will be placed at in the Developmental Model.


Also available in Spanish

Palabras A Su Paso is a developmental model of Spanish Literacy from the authors of the Words Their Way series.

This K-5 program builds and expands on phonics, vocabulary, and spelling skills, giving students a solid foundation to master the Spanish language. It offers a hands-on approach to word study that parallels the Words Their Way: Word Study in Action program but is based on Spanish orthographic principles.


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