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Words Their Way Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers, 2nd Edition

By Donald R. Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Francine Johnston, Shane Templeton

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 23, 2009


We believe that the hands-on word sorting approach to word study is invaluable to you and your students.  Broaden your word study understanding and instruction with this expanded word sorting tool for week by week implementation with emergent spellers (ages 1 - 7).  This stage-specific companion volume to Words Their Way®: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction provides a complete curriculum of assessments, reproducible sorts, and detailed directions for the teacher working with students in the emergent stage of spelling. 


New! This second edition boasts

  • Targeted Learners sections that clarify which students will benefit most from the instruction
  • An early bank of assessments to help you evaluate your students and pinpoint the most appropriate instruction
  • Literature Connections to reinforce concepts being studied

This first volume introduces the idea of sorting through concept sort for students in the emergent stage of spelling development (Pre-K through Grade 1). The word study lesson plan format of demonstrate, sort, check, and reflect is expanded in this stage to include reading aloud and writing activities.  The early concept sorting activities are followed with picture sorts that develop phonemic awareness and include activities for rhyming, syllabication, and sound play.  Alphabet knowledge and letter recognition are then covered, along with sorts that look at concept of word in print, as well as poems, jingles and short text selections that can be shared with children.  Students are then ushered into sorts that introduce beginning consonants with pictures, laying the foundation for the letter-name stage.  

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Assessment

            Notes for the teacher

Alphabet Assessments

Phonological Assessments

Letter Sound Assessments

Concept Of Word Assessment


Chapter 2     

Notes for the Teacher

Sort 1 Fruit

Selection 1 Fruit

Sort 2

Selection 2


Chapter 3

Phonological Awareness Picture Sorts<

Notes for the Teacher  


Chapter 4

Notes for the Teacher


Chapter 5 Beginning Sound Sorts

            Notes for the Teacher

            Selection 1 The Gingerbread Man

            Sort 1 Beginning Sounds: M & R

            Sort 2 Rhyming Words (man and cat)

            Sort 3 Fonts for M, R, D, C

            Selection 2 Hey Diddle Diddle

            Sort 4 Beginning Sounds: D & C

            Sort 5 Concepts: Real and Make Believe


Chapter 6 Concept of Word in Print  

            Notes for the Teacher




Template 3 X 4

Template 4 x 5

Template 5 X 6

List of Pictures on Letter Pages 




Words Their Way Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers, 2nd Edition

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