Words Their Way Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/16/2015
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Written for professional development facilitators and their program participants, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and classroom teachers, this text can also be used in the Reading Methods (Supplementary) or Phonological Awareness and Phonics course.


Words Their Way is a hands-on, developmentally-driven approach to word study that illustrates how to integrate and teach children phonics, vocabulary, and spelling skills.

Building on its best-selling approach, this edition of Words Their Way continues the phenomenon that has helped thousands of children improve their literacy skills. The keys to this successful, research-based approach are to know your students’ literacy progress, organize for instruction, and implement word study. This Sixth Edition lists the Common Core State Standards for each activity, and features enhanced discussions, activities, and content.


To offer teachers even more tools that will enhance their word study instruction, all new classroom videos and interactive PDFs are available on the PDToolkit site*. With its newly designed marginal icons that link readers to resources on the accompanying web site, Words Their Way, provides a complete word study package that will motivate and engage your students, and help them to succeed in literacy learning.


*The PDToolkit is available free for twelve months after you use the password that comes with the book. After twelve months, the subscription must be renewed. To learn more, please visit: http://pdtoolkit.pearson.com.

Author Biography

Donald R. Bear, Ph.D., is a professor in Literacy Education at Iowa State University where he teaches doctoral, master's, and pre-service teachers and co-directs the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic. He is also professor emeritus in Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Bear is involved in innovative professional development grants and numerous studies that examine literacy learning, including studies of orthographic development in different and second languages. His assessments are widely used. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, book chapters, and 11 books, including Words Their Way, 5th edition, Words Their Way with English Learners, Vocabulary Their Way, and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, 4–12. He has received several awards for teaching and service.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents





Chapter 1 Developmental Word Knowledge

Chapter 2 Getting Started

Chapter 3 Organizing for Word Study

Chapter 4 Word Study for Learners in the Emergent Stage

Chapter 5 Word Study for Beginners in the Letter Name—Alphabetic Stage

Chapter 6 Word Study for Transitional Learners in the Within Word Pattern Stage

Chapter 7 Word Study for Intermediate Readers and Writers

Chapter 8 Word Study for Advanced Readers and Writers



APPENDIX A Assessment Materials

APPENDIX B Sound Boards

APPENDIX C Pictures for Sorts and Games

APPENDIX D Sample Word Sorts by Spelling Stage


APPENDIX F Games and Templates for Sorts

APPENDIX G Other Resources





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