In my class, I love using Words Their Way program for spelling which involves studying word patterns through word sorting.
I used the word lists in Appendix E of Words Their Way: Word Study For Phonics, Vocabulary, And Spelling Instruction (fifth edition) – Pearson Education as a reference to create some games and worksheets to support word study.
1. Short Vowel and Long Vowel Posters
These posters illustrate the different ways that short vowels and long vowels are spelt in words. The posters help students to remember the short and long vowel sound symbols.
You can grab this poster and vowel freebie from my store by clicking here.
2. Short Vowel and Long Vowel Activity Packs
These packs include a number of games and worksheet activities that cover short vowels, long vowels and r-controlled vowels.
The individual sets can be found here.
There is also a bundled version available.
3. Letter Name Alphabetic Games And Activities
I use all the traditional word study activities such as blind sorts and speed sorts as my main spelling program. Additional games and worksheets to support letter name alphabetic spellers are available here.
4. Within Word Pattern Games And Activities
I find the board games and worksheets useful for revision and independent work. Board games and activities relevant to Within Word Pattern spellers are available here.
Here is an example, of how I use the games in my classroom.
4. Word Study Games
These word study games are basically cute props such as ovens and cookies which can be used with any word sort. Children particularly love the games where they get to use a fly swat or fishing rod to catch the words. I made my fishing rods using wooden dowel (craft shop), wool and doughnut shaped magnets (from Abacus, an education supply store in Western Australia). Then I just added paper clips to the laminated fish and used blu-tac to attach the word sort words.
To get these word study games click here.
5. Stay Organised With Your Words Their Way Program
I found the best way to conduct a Words Their Program is to stay organised. I made a lot of planners so that I can easily find information such as which word sort each group will be working on each week. I also found that colour coding my files to match each book made finding activities easier.
All the organisers and cover pages I use for my files are now available as a freebie here .
6. Great Supporting Videos For Revision
I love using videos when the children eat their crunch and sip (fruit and water snack) as a form of revision. I love the following videos. There is a huge variety of songs to choose from on Youtube.
Phonics Song (all the sounds each letter makes)
R Controlled Vowels
I hope that these activities help support your Words Their Way program. :)