Rebecca Thompson
3rd/4th Grade Teacher


Room 3

Weekly Word Study Sorts, Tricks and Best Practices

Word Study is our 'spelling' format at Odyssey. We use the curriculum called "Words Their Way." Students are broken into small groups based on the word patterns they need to master. Students work together each day practicing new strategies, techniques and games. Each week I will include each groups' words (Note: weeks of October 10 and 17 were whole group sorts - our class all worked together). Student groups begin a new sort on different days of the week. Groups spend four days on activities and one day on an assessment. 

***Students will receive a copy of their sort to take home with them to practice. Look for this in thier homework folder!***

Please practice your child's words at home. There are several ways to make word study fun and educational. Here are some ideas: 

1. Flash cards

2. Refrigerator magnets

3. Alphabetical Order

Scroll down to see your student's group and the words they are mastering in a given week.....

GROUP 5: 

Members: Louis, Jacob, Jude, Savannah, Aaron, Sofia

Words: uneasy, insincere, dishonest, misspell, unaware, informal, disbelief, misfortune, unknown, infrequent, disorder, mistake, undress, inhuman, disconnect, misleading, unfasten, inexpensive, disease, mischief, untidy, insane, disrespect, discourage

Group 4: 

Members: Charlotte, Linus, Angelina, Oliver

Words: athlete, pilgrim, create, control, complete, children, poet, duet, pumpkin, monster, riot, mushroom, halfway, kitchen, trial, poem, English, hundred, cruel, giant, lion, kingdom, inspect, diet

GROUP 3: 

Members: Amy, Yahir, Kameria, Samuel, Troy

Words: hopped, hoped, joined, acted, planned, saved, waited, wanted, grabbed, closed, mixed, helped, nodded, scored, shouted, started, stirred, stepped, named, passed, dropped, chewed, lived, seemed

GROUP 2: 

Members: Zion, Jessica, Daniel, Tladi, Elias

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Words: knife, write, gnat, rap, knack, wreck, known, wrist, knot, gnaw, ring, wrap, knob, knit, wren, wrong, knight, knead, kneel, knelt, knee, wreath, wring, gnome

GROUP 1: 

Members: Chloe, Miles, Mario, Sara, Bara, Rocco

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

WORDS: wait, read, need, beast, toast, wheel, sheep, leak, coast, trail, deaf, three, neat, moan, sheets, meant, rail, cheek, pea, throat, dread, cream, sail, thread

GROUP 4: 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

GROUP 4: Syllables & Affixes - syllable junctures 

Members: Sofia, Angelina, Aaron, Jacob, Louis 

Sort Themes: Syllable juncture in VCV and VVCV Patterns

Words: human, never, reason, river, pilot, visit, meeting, wagon, planet, lemon, frozen, peanut, finish, student, seven, leader, lazy, present, easy, second, music, sneaker, humor, minute

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

 

GROUP 4: Syllables & Affixes - syllable junctures 

Members: Sofia, Angelina, Aaron, Jacob, Louis 

Sort Themes: VCV (vowel, consonant, vowel) & VCCV (vowel, consonant, consonant, vowel) 

Words: silent, happen, number, funny, winter, follow, female, better, problem, after, moment, pattern, sister, finger, bottom, chapter, fever, member, blanket, pillow, water, only, yellow, window

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

GROUP 4: Syllables & Affixes - syllable junctures 

Members: Sofia, Angelina, Aaron, Jacob, Louis 

Sort Themes: VCV (vowel, consonant, vowel) & VCCV (vowel, consonant, consonant, vowel) 

Words: super, supper, diner, dinner, tiger, happy, later, busy, pretty, paper, penny, even, tiny, over, puppy, rabbit, ruler, kitten, hello, crazy, letter, lesson, summer, open

 

 GROUP 3: 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

GROUP 3: Inflected Endings 

Members: Jude, Savannah, Charlotte, Linus, Oliver 

Sort Themes:review -ing (e-drop, double) 

Words: setting, hiking, reading, floating, cutting, moving, stopping, living, spelling, coming, begging, adding, grinning, having, feeling, jogging, taking, talking, pushing, humming, working, fixing, going, snowing

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17

 

GROUP 3: Inflected Endings 

Members: Jude, Savannah, Charlotte, Linus, Oliver 

Sort Themes: -ing, VC (vowel, consonant), VCC (vowel, consonant, consonant) 

Words: use, using, eat, eating, close, moan, wave, writing, dreaming, looking, dream, skate, closing, trading, cleaning, clean, write, moaning, trade, skating, waving, look, mail, mailing

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9

GROUP 3: Inflected Endings 

Members: Jude, Savannah, Charlotte, Linus, Oliver 

Sort Themes: -ing, VC (vowel, consonant), VCC (vowel, consonant, consonant) 

Words: get, getting, ask, asking, swim, swimming, yell, yelling, rest, resting, run, running, sit, sitting, stand, standing, pass, passing, pick, picking, jump, jumping, shut, shuting, 

 

GROUP 2:  

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

GROUP 2: Within Words - Late - Dipthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowel Sounds

Members: Daniel, Kameria, Samuel, Yahir, Jessica, Troy, Zion, Chloe 

Sort Themes: -aw, -au dipthong patterns

Words: cause, lawn, caught, paws, straw, fault, law, claw, sauce, taught, draw, laugh, haul, pause, song, haunt, hawk, crawl, dawn, cross, vault, shawl, cloth, frost

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

 

GROUP 2: Within Words - Late - Dipthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowel Sounds

Members: Daniel, Kameria, Samuel, Yahir, Jessica, Troy, Zion, Chloe 

Sort Themes: Long -o, -oi, -oy

Words: good, cool, cook, fool, wood, could, noon, groom, hood, root, stood, tool, hook, troop, route, hoop, should, brook, stool, proof, wool, would, soot, roost

 

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

GROUP 2: Within Words - Late - Dipthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowel Sounds

Members: Daniel, Kameria, Samuel, Yahir, Jessica, Troy, Zion, Chloe 

Sort Themes: Long -o, -oi, -oy

Words: point, whole, soil, noise, soy, spoil, join, coil, joy, foil, moist, joint, boil, toy, voice, coin, broil, cloak, choke, oil, stole, choice, loan, bowl

 

GROUP 1:  

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

GROUP 1: Within Words - Early - Long Vowels (Book: Yellow) 

Members: Miles, Amy, Sara, Bara, Tladi, Elias, Rocco, Mario 

Sort Themes: Short -u and Long -u

Words: cube, food, fruit, crust bloom, smooth, suit, from, dude, skunk, broom, mood, bump, juice, trust, build, moon, prune, spoon, tooth

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

GROUP 1: Within Words - Early - Long Vowels (Book: Yellow) 

Members: Miles, Amy, Sara, Bara, Tladi, Elias, Rocco, Mario 

Sort Themes: Short -a and Long -a

Words: box, rode, road, chose, boat, love, goat, soap, knock, slope, foam, load, whole, one, goal, stop, toad, coat, float, drop, stone

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

GROUP 1: Within Words - Early - Long Vowels (Book: Yellow) 

Members: Miles, Amy, Sara, Bara, Tladi, Elias, Rocco, Mario 

Sort Themes: Short -a and Long -a

Words: black, brain, rash, main, chain, said, space, mane, paint, blame, faint, camp, frame, rain, tale, place, train, want, tail, flash