Words Their Way: Words Study In Action - Girls and Boy Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. I have a customer who loves the Words Their Way professional book by Merrill and uses the spelling inventories to group their students according to the developmental stages of spelling. How do the levels of Words Their Way, Word Study in Action correspond to the developmental stages of spelling presented in the Merrill book?

2. What is included on the Teacher Resource CD?

3. I see that Words Their Way, Word Study in Action can be positioned for Reading First, but, it is not on our list of official Ready First products. Why?

4. Are you developing grade level libraries for Levels D and E?

5. My customer does small group instruction using Word Study in Action and needs to purchase multiple copies of student books from a variety of levels and corresponding teaching support materials. Which configuration should I offer?

6. Where can my customer find the Spelling Inventories referenced in the Word Study in Action Teacher Resource Guides?

7. How does Word Study in Action connect to Good Habits Great Readers?

8. PLG has many phonics programs. What is the difference between Words Their Way, Word Study in Action, MCP “Plaid” Phonics, and Sing, Spell, Read & Write?

 

 

 I have a customer who loves the Words Their Way professional book by Merrill and uses the spelling inventories to group their students according to the developmental stages of spelling. How do the levels of Words Their Way, Word Study in Action correspond to the developmental stages of spelling presented in the Merrill book?

A – Words Their Way, Word Study in Action correspond to 5 developmental levels of spelling:

Level A   Letter Name-Alphabetic
Level B   Within Word Pattern
Level C   Syllables and Affixes
Level D   Middle-Late Syllables
Level E   Derivational Relations

 

This information can also be found in the front-matter of every Word Study in Action Teacher Resource Guide.

 

What is included on the Teacher Resource CD?

A ndash; The Teacher Resource CD includes a variety of materials that can be printed and used in the classroom including word cards, games, activities, sorts and blank game templates. In addition, sorts from the last half of the previous level and the first half of the next level are included on each CD. This supports and gives teachers great flexibility in meeting individual differences.

 

 I see that Words Their Way, Word Study in Action can be positioned for Reading First, but, it is not on our list of official Ready First products. Why?

A – Words Their Way, Word Study in Action was developed based on the Merrill Book, Words Their Way. According to pedagogy presented in that book, students are assigned to skill sorts based on their current developmental spelling stage. This conflicts with Reading First language that indicates students must be taught phonics skills systematically in a clearly defined sequence. For this reason, we cannot list and position it as one of our official Reading First programs.

However, in some states that represent the “softer-side” of Reading First, we have has great success with Words Their Way, Word Study in Action because customers have acknowledged that our grade-level configurations when used on-level (Level A for 1st grade, Level B for 2nd grade, etc.) present the skills in a systematic sequence. The best way to determine if Words Their Way, Word Study in Action would be appropriate to position for Reading First in your territory would be to have conversations with the key Reading First people at the state or district level.

 

 Are you developing grade level libraries for Levels D and E?

A – No, not at this time. We have looked at existing titles and found that we do not have enough meaningful little books to properly represent each skill presented within levels D and E. In order to provide a meaningful text connection, new books would have to be written. At this time, we are pursing other product development projects that would meet the needs of the marketplace and be more profitable.

 

My customer does small group instruction using Word Study in Action and needs to purchase multiple copies of student books from a variety of levels and corresponding teaching support materials. Which configuration should I offer?

A – We have just created the Words Their Way, Word Study in Acti on Combined Level Sets especially for this type of customer. These new sets will include materials from 2 levels combined into one convenient pack age. These new sets will appear in the next catalog. In the meantime, a sell sheet has been created to help you drive sales of these sets.

 

Where can my customer find the Spelling Inventories referenced in the Word Study in Action Teacher Resource Guides?

A – The Spelling Inventories can be found in the Merrill professional book, Words Their Way.

 

How does Word Study in Action connect to Good Habits Great Readers?

A – Word Study in Action is referenced point of use in the Good Habits, Great Readers shared reading teaching plan under, “Center Activities”.

 

PLG has many phonics programs. What is the difference between Words Their Way, Word Study in Action, MCP “Plaid” Phonics, and Sing, Spell, Read & Write?

A – While all these programs teach phonics skills, the difference lies within the approach and target markets for each. The following chart explains the difference:

PROGRAMCHARACTERISTICSTARGET MARKET(s)
Words Their Way, Word Study in Action Takes a hands-on approach to phonics instruction through interactive sorts and games. DRA customers guided reading customers, GHGR customers, some basal reading program users and Reading First customers.
MCP “Plaid” Phonics Workbook type program that presents skills in a systematic and direct manner. Follows a teach-practice-apply format. Basal reading program users – can be plugged into the R/LA block to support all kids, or used as an intervention tool with struggling readers. Supports Reading First guidance.
Sing, Spell, Read & Write Multi-sensory approach to phonics instruction incorporating songs, interactive charts and games. Children move through the program in a very systematic and sequenced way. Basal reading program customers looking for a stand-alone solution for phonics instruction. Pieces can also be pulled out for intervention. Supports Reading First guidance.