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Words Their Way Spellnig Program

All primary and intermediate classrooms use the Words Their Way Spelling Program.

Below is the Continuum used at determining the spelling levels of our students.

 

 

 

Words Their Way Continuum

 
Grade/Stage Spelling Components
Grade 1
Beginning Grade 1 Letter Name – Alphabetic Stage Initial consonants
Final consonants
Middle Grade 1 Letter Name – Alphabetic Stage Short vowels
Initial and final consonant digraphs in short vowel words ( sh, ch, th, -ch, -sh)
Late Grade 1 Letter Name – Alphabetic Stage Initial consonant blends in short vowel words (sl, st, dr, bl, fr, cr, tr)
Grade 2
Beginning Grade 2 Letter Name – Alphabetic Stage
 
 
Final consonant blends in short vowel words (-st , -nt, -mp, -nd, -ng, -nk)
Regular short vowel patterns with double consonant endings (ss, ff, ll, ck)
Beginning Grade 2 Within Word Stage Common long vowel patterns – CVCe (make, hope, kite, cube)
Middle Grade 2 Within Word Stage Common and less common long vowel patterns • Long a (pail, may)
 
• Long i (fly, child, tie, tight)
• Long o (goal, mow, fold, so)
• Long u (glue, fruit)
• Long e (seat, feet, he)
End Grade 2 Within Word Stage R- influenced vowels • -ar, -or, -ir (far, car, jar, star for, corn, fort
 
bird, girl, first)
R- influenced vowels • -are, -air, -ear, -eer, -ire, -ier, -ore, -oar, -ure (fire, more, hair, deer, sure)
Grade 3
Beginning Grade 3 Within Word Stage Diphthongs and other ambiguous vowels (oi, oy, ou, ow, aw, au, al)
Complex consonants( kn, wr, gn, sh, shr, th, thr, scr, str, spr, spl, squ, hard/soft c and g, dge, ge, ch, tch, ce, se, ve, ge)
Single syllable homophones (Be/bee, mail/male, ant/aunt, week/weak)
Middle Grade 3 Syllables and Affixes Stage Compound words (pancake, sidewalk)
Two syllable words ending with y, ey, ie (happy, dizzy, monkey)
Plural endings –s and –es (books, dishes)
Unusual plurals (goose/geese, knife/knives)
End Grade 3 Syllables and Affixes Stage Two syllable words, VCCV (sudden, winter, number)
Inflectional endings: • Sort by sound of –ed suffix (walked, wagged)
 
• Doubling (stopping, shopped)
• e drop (skating, skated)
• No change (walking, nailed)
• Change final y to i and add
–ed or –s (cried, plays)
Grade 4
Beginning Grade 4 Syllables and Affixes Stage Two syllable words with ambiguous vowels • oy, oi, ou, ow (annoy, poison, about)
 
• au, aw, al (author, awkward)
R- influenced vowels in accented syllables • R- influenced a (marble, parents)
 
• R- influenced o (forest, explore)
Middle Grade 4 Syllables and Affixes Stage Final unaccented syllables • -le, -el, -il, -al (able, angel, civil)
 
• -er, -ar, -or (barber, beggar, actor)
• -cher, -ture, -sure, -ure (teacher, culture)
• -en, -on, -an, -ain (frighten, apron)
• /j/ sound (badger, major)
Two syllable homophones (pedal, petal, peddle)
Special consonants • Hard and soft g and c (gutter/giant, circle/camel)
 
• Silent consonants (written, knuckle, rhythm)
• ph and gh (dolphin, laughter)
• qu (question, antique)
Late Grade 4 Syllables and Affixes Stage Prefixes • re-, pre-, dis-, mis-, un-, ex-, non-, fore-
 
• number prefixes – uni-, bi- (pretest, recopy, unkind, forehead
unicycle, bisect)
Simple suffixes that influence the meanings of words • -y (adj.), -ly, -ily (adv.) (jumpy, gladly, easily)
 
• -er, -est (comparative) (faster, fastest)
• -ful, -ness, -less (painful, illness, penniless)
Homographs (present, present)
Grade 5/6
Grade 5/6 Derivational Relations Stage Consonant alternations • Silent and sounded (limb/limber
 
sign/signal)
Vowel alternations • Long to short (mine/mineral)
 
• Long to schwa /ə/ (relate/relative)
• Schwa /ə / to short (mental/mentality)
Adding –ion, -ian (with and without spelling changes) (elect/election, music/musician , create/creation)
Greek and Latin word study • Number prefixes (di/bi, tetra/quad)
 
• Common roots (photo, tele, port, dict)
• Common prefixes (post-, sub-, over-)
Advanced suffix study • Accented to unaccented (familiar/familiarity,
 
prefer/preferred (2nd syllable accented))
• Accent and doubling (edit/editing (1st syllable accented))
• -able and –ible (breakable, terrible)
 

 

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