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Words Their Way: Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers (2/e)

  • Title:Words Their Way Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergent Spellers (2/e)
  • Author:Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Francine Johnston, Shane Templeton
  • Publication Date:February 2009
  • Grade Level:PreK-3
  • ISBN:9780135145791
  • Publisher:Pearson

This book provides teachers with concept sorting ideas followed by picture sorts for developing phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, letter recognition and concept of words in print.


This companion volume augments that content with numerous reproducible sorts that specifically address the needs of the emergent speller. Accompanying the sorts are step-by-step directions for guiding students through each lesson, as well as follow-up activities and tips for using the sorts to their best advantage. Designed for primary grade educators for use as part of a reading curriculum where emergent literacy is covered.


Author Bio

Donald Bear is director of the E. L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy where he and preservice, Master’s and doctoral students teach and assess children who struggle to learn to read and write. Donald is a professor in the Department of Educational Specialties in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald has been a classroom teacher. He researches and writes about literacy development and instruction.

Marcia Invernizzi is a professor of reading education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Marcia is also the director of the McGuffey Reading Center, where she teaches the clinical practica in reading diagnosis and remedial reading. Formerly English and reading teacher, she works with Book Buddies, Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI), and Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).

Shane Templeton is Foundation Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is Program Coordinator for Literacy Studies. A former elementary and secondary teacher, his research focuses on the development of orthographic knowledge. He has written several books on the teaching and learning of reading and language arts and is a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.

Francine Johnston is a former first grade teacher and reading specialist who learned about word study during her graduate work at the University of Virginia. She is now an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature. Francine frequently works with regional school systems as a consultant and researcher. Her research interests include current spelling practices and materials as well as the relationship between spelling and reading achievement.

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