Words Their Way: Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers

Author: Lori Helman, Donald R. Bear, Shane Templeton, Marcia Invernizzi, Francine Johnston, Publisher: Pearson
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We believe that the hands-on word sorting approach to word study is invaluable to you and your students.  These stage-specific companion volumes to Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction provide a complete curriculum of reproducible sorts and detailed directions for the teacher working with students in each stage of spelling development, from emergent through derivational relations. 

This first volume introduces the idea of concept sorts 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.


All 2nd editions of Words Their Way companion volumes boast:

  • Literature Connections making links between features being studies and valuable children’s literature
  • Targeted Learners sections that clarify which students will benefit most from the instruction
  • Spell Checks and other Assessments available more frequently throughout
  • High Frequency Words receive special attention  


  • Overview
  • 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
  • Appendices Template 3 X 4 Template 4 x 5 Template 5 X 6 List of Pictures on Letter Pages
More Information
Year Level Preschool, Kindergarten, Year 1
Date of Publication 2009
ISBN 9780135145791
Subject English