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  Your child will be bringing home a collection of words that have been introduced in class. The word lists are differentiated to meet the individual needs of each student therefore, not all the word lists will be the same. Your child will do these activities to ensure that the words and the principles they represent are mastered.  These activities will be modeled and practiced in school, so your child can teach you how to do them.  Students will be assessed at the end of the two week period. 




Other Follow-Up Routines to Complete with the Sorts: 

  • Speed Sort: Set a timer.  Sort as quickly as possible.  As they finish, record their times in their Spelling Notebook. 
  • Blind Sort:  Lay down a word from each category as a header and the read the rest of the words aloud.  Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it.  Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong.  Repeat if your child makes more than one error.

  • Buddy Sort: Sort the words with a family member or friend.  Read the words in each column to check the sort, and then discuss the generalization covered by the sort.  Sorting can take place in tandem, side by side with two sets of words, or alternating turns, with one set of words.  Blind sorts work well with buddies.
  • Word Hunts:  Assist your child in doing a word hunt, looking in a book he or she has already read, for words that have the same sound, same pattern, or both.  Try to find two or three for each category.  

  • Writing Sorts: As you call out the words in random order, your child should write them in categories.  Call out any words our child misspells a second or even third time.


Parent letter:   Words Their Way Parent Letter