Spelling-Words Their Way

We are using the Words Their Way spelling program to teach spelling this year. After giving students a diagnostic spelling test (of which they did not study for), we determined each child's spelling level. After looking at what students know about spelling and noticing what their next step is, we have put them into spelling groups. We are teaching them right at their developmental spelling level!

You should expect to see spelling sorts come home each Monday evening. Please help your child practice their sort, and their spelling of each word. They will get credit in both sorting and spelling their words correctly. We will be graphing our progress and expecting to see carry over into their writing. Testing will be the last day of the week.

Spelling Homework

Many of you are familiar with practicing for spelling by memorization.  We are working on understanding WHY words are spelled the way they are and learning the rules in the English language.

Hello Parents!


We are beginning our spelling groups.  At Burroughs, we use Words Their Way to teach spelling.  With Words Their Way Spelling, we are teaching students spelling SKILLS that help students understand SPELLING PATTERNS.  The words given each week may or may not be words that are difficult to spell.  The words given each week are the words we study to learn the skills that students are learning.  It is important for students to learn to recognize patterns in spelling.  We do this by looking carefully at words and sorting them accordingly.  It is also just as important to look at words that do not fit into these categories and understanding why the do not fit. 


Below is an outline for Spelling Homework for the week.  Each night your child is to practice their spelling as outlined here:


Spelling Homework

Many of you are familiar with practicing for spelling by memorization.  We are working on understanding WHY words are spelled the way they are and learning the rules in the English language.  

Here is our daily spelling homework: 

Your child will be bringing home a collection of spelling words weekly that have been introduced in class.  Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different activity to ensure that these words and the spelling principles they represent are mastered.  These activities have been modeled and practiced in school, so your child can teach you how to do them.

Monday  Remind your child to sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school.  Your child should read each word aloud in this activity.  Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way - what does the sort reveal about spelling in general?  Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as possible.  You may want to time them.

Tuesday  Do a blind sort  with your child.  Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud.  Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it.  Lay it down and and let your child move it if he or she is wrong.  Repeat if your child makes more than one error.

Wednesday  Assist your child in doing a word hunt, looking for words in a book they have already read that have the same sound, pattern, or both.  Try to find two or three for each category.

Thursday  Do a writing sort to prepare for Friday's test.  As you call out the words in random order your child should write them in categories.  Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.





Please look for this homework slip each week.  I will collect it the day we take our spelling tests.  This homework slip helps me see how homework is being completed at home.  As explained above, each night is a different type of spelling practice.



Word Study at Home                              Name_______________________________

Check off the activities you complete each night and return to your teacher on the day we have our spelling test.


__________Sort the words into the same categories you did in school.


__________Write the words into categories.


__________Blind sort with someone at home.


__________Write the words into categories as someone calls them aloud.


_________Hunt for more words that fit into your categories and write them here:



Date:  ___________________  Parent’s Signature_______________________________







Another  fun thing:  Go to Spelling City for help practicing your words!  Be sure to enter them spelled accuarately!       http://www.spellingcity.com/



Enjoy learning your new words!

Ms. Spooner