Word Study: Words Their Way
Third, fourth, and fifth grades have adopted a new word study program called “Words Their Way.” In this
program, students work on learning word patterns, sorting words into
categories, and spelling words at their level.
On Mondays your
child will bring home a collection of word study words that have been
introduced in class. Every day in class
we will do an activity with the words. Each night of the week your child
is expected to do a different activity at home to practice learning their
Here are some suggested activities
that you may do at home:
Go to this website to access
Powerpoint activities that go with your child's words:
Monday: Have your child cut apart the
word list into cards. Sort the word cards into categories (this type of
sort has been taught at school). For example you might sort out all of
the words that have “short a” in them or “long a.” Ask your child to
explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way. Sort the
cards a second time as fast as possible (you may want to time them).
Tuesday: Do a blind sort with your
child. Lay down the category cards in a row. For example you would
lay down the cards that indicate “long a” or “short a.” Then read a word
card aloud, without showing it to your child. Without seeing the word,
your child should point to the category that it goes in. Lay down the
card. Your child should move it to the correct category if it is wrong.
Wednesday: Do a word hunt. Look for their
words or words with the same sound pattern in books, magazines, or newspapers.
Thursday: Have a practice test.
Additional Practice Activities:
Write words in sentences.
Put words in alphabetical order.
Look up a few of the words in the
Sort the words according to their
Draw and label a picture to go with
Write a story using your words.