These Word Study Practice Pages were created to accompany the ©2009 Words Their Way Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers, Sorts 7-18. My hope is that you will find these pages to be a valuable resource to use with your students who are at the middle Within Word Pattern stage of spelling development.
As a licensed reading specialist and classroom teacher, I have seen the benefits of teaching word study. I follow the word work routine suggested by the authors of Words Their Way in their core text, Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction and by Kathy Ganske in Word Journeys.
Last year, I added another layer of practice to the word study instruction and exercises suggested in the Words Their Way books- my Practice Pages. I found that some students did not remember specific information we discussed during the word study lessons, and I wanted to create a resource that provided additional practice. I also found that parents had questions about certain sorts or patterns after looking at their children’s Word Study Notebooks. I wanted my resource to help the parents better understand the patterns we discussed in class.
With these two goals in mind- reinforcing class discussions and informing the students’ parents- I created the Practice Pages you see in this resource. It was important for me to provide additional practice that was unique to each pattern and sort; these activities are not the same from week to week. Each Practice Page is developed to accompany the specific words and patterns that students are learning at that time.
How to Use the Practice Pages
There are various ways the Practice Pages can be incorporated into the weekly word study routine. They can be sent home for homework, used as classwork to be completed while you meet with other word study groups, or they can be given to students at the end of the week to help assess their understanding of instruction.
Two practice pages are provided for each Words Their Way sort. Photocopy the practice sheet for each sort and cut it in half so you have two Practice Pages that can be glued into students’ Word Study Notebooks. Answer keys are included.
I spend five days per sort and use the Practice Pages on Days 2 and 4. I meet with groups of students on Day 1 to introduce the words and provide initial instruction on the pattern and difficult words. On Day 2, I have students complete the first Practice Page (e.g., WW1-1) and glue it into their Word Study Notebooks while I meet with a different word study group. If the page isn’t completed, students finish it at home along with their other word study homework. We review the answers when I meet with the group the next day. The second page is completed the same way on Day 4 and reviewed before the test on Day 5.
I hope this resource proves as helpful to your students as it has been to mine! Best wishes! -Lisa