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5 Ways to Simplify Word Sorting

Word sorting is a powerful instructional method but making it happen smoothly in the classroom can be a lot to manage! So we put together some of our best tips for simplifying the management of word sorting. Here are 5 tips to simplify word sorting: 1. MAKE A MASTER COPY

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Differentiated Word Study Made Easy

When Heidi and I were both teaching 2nd grade, we had a dream. We had a dream of THE IDEAL WORD STUDY PROGRAM. We both feel like we had some really solid practices in place for teaching phonics and spelling. But we had complaints about our cobbled together word study

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Dollar Store Word Work Activities

Do you do Daily 5? It was a total game changer for my daily schedule! You can read more about how I manage Daily 5 here. My students have a few tasks to do every day for the Word Work station of Daily 5.  First, they do their word sort. 

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Christmas Consonant Blends

We’re back again with some adorable Christmas literacy centers. This time we’re tackling consonant blends : s blends, l blends, and r blends. These centers are a fun and seasonal compliment to our phonics program. Word Play Phonics for 1st and 2nd grade is a differentiated word study program that incorporates weekly

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1 Easy Trick to Simplify Word Sorting

Aren’t we all looking for a way to simplify the management of 25+ students and all their little word sort cards each week? A reader told us this tip a few years ago and we couldn’t believe how simple and easy it was. It’s a CRAYON. Here’s what you do…

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Words Their Way : The Ultimate How To Guide

Around here we are big fans of Words Their Way, an assessment-based, differentiated, leveled approach to spelling and word work. Here’s a little background on our experience with the Words Their Way program: It’s encouraged, not required in our district. Teachers can implement the program however they see fit. Heidi

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Chunk Spelling

Spelling is one of those things that EVERYONE has an opinion about and very few people agree on. I think that the best way to learn how to spell is to spend extensive time reading and writing. I also believe that a weekly word list has very little carryover into

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Freebie Words Their Way Game

There is a newer Words Their Way post with more information. Click to see it now. Earlier this week I was looking through some of our Words Their Way posts and noticed that we gave away the game "Smackdown" but the link to the download was buried in another post

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Words Their Way–Resource List

There is a newer Words Their Way post with more information. Click to see it now. I thought it would be nice to have all the Words Their Way resources in one post. I'm also including a link to the sort sequences that I use to organize my binder. Letter

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Words Their Way–Record Book

I finally got around to making a new record book for my Words Their Way groups. My last one lasted me several years, but it was finally full. So here's the newbie. I got the cute clipart from Lettering Delights. I like to keep track of which group is one

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Words Their Way–Word Study

Edited to add: Please see the NEWER POST about WTW that has all this information + much, much more! After all that prep work it’s finally time for the kids to do some learning! With Words Their Way, the focus is on sorting the words. It’s a great way for the

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