Are you using Words Their Way, or considering using Words Their Way, in your Kindergarten or First Grade classroom? I have found that Words Their Way is the best program to help young students become better spellers. However, it can be difficult and time-consuming to get everything organized in order to get started. This packet will help you do just that! It includes everything you need to get started and includes levels up to Level 42, which is perfect for Kindergarten and First Grade.
This packet includes the following:
Spell Check List: Use this when you give your spelling tests. It includes ten words for each level for students to spell. The words are organized in a numbered table so that you can easily give tests to multiple students on different levels at the same time. This will help you keep your tests consistent from week to week. Keep this in a binder along with individual student data graphs. Spell checks for up to Level 42 are included.
Individual Student Data Graphs: Print a graph for each student and store in your Words Their Way binder. The graphs can record scores for spelling levels up to Level 110. Record student scores on the graphs to track progress throughout the year. Data graphs also include an area to record baseline test scores. Three different options for this include testing by seasons, by trimesters, and by quarters.
Words Their Way Explanation of Levels: Print this for each student and store in student’s take home folder, data binder, or leadership notebook. Students color in each level as he or she passes. This page includes explanations of each level up to Level 42. This page helps keep students and families informed about which level they are on and which words to practice. It also offers families a short explanation of Words Their Way.
Words Their Way Word Sort Explanation: I print and staple these to the first Word Sort of the year that we do in class. When students take these home, families can read this short explanation of Words Their Way.
Word Sort Cards: Word Cards are available for each level up to Level 42. I use these in a variety of ways. At the beginning of each week, I give students a lined paper with their word families written at the top and a baggie of words on their level to practice reading, sorting, and then writing on the lined paper. During the week, we also use these same baggies to play a board game where students can practice reading words on their level. We simply use a Candy Land game board. Each student gets a baggie of words from their level to play. That way, students who are not all on the same level can all play at the same time. To use these for these purposes, print on cardstock, cut, laminate, and store in plastic baggies. Write the level on the baggie with a permanent marker. I store the baggies in file folders sorted by level. These same baggies of words can then be used from year to year without reprinting. The other way I use these word sort cards is to print on copy paper and give to students. Students then cut out the words on their level and glue them onto a piece of construction paper that has their word families written at the top.
For students who are not quite ready to begin spelling tests, I have also included all of these same documents for letter tests. The file includes letter levels based on Words Their Way letter order and letter levels based on Saxon Phonics letter order.