The Rochester Public Schools has adopted Words Their Way to
support students in developing word knowledge. This approach replaces
weekly spelling lists with word study. Word study includes phonics,
spelling, and vocabulary. Studying words helps students master
foundational skills and language standards.
Instead of having students focus on a single list of words, they will
now be doing a word study that will be matched to each students'
developmental spelling stage. Word study supports both reading and
How do students study words?
-Students engage in a variety of hands-on word study activities.
-They compare and contrast patterns in words by sorting words or
pictures into categories by feature (words with similar sounds,
patterns, or meaning).
-By sorting words, students discover patterns within words and make connections to other words.
*Students are more likely to spell words correctly in their own writing when they have internalized spelling patterns.
The overall goal of word study is for students to transfer
their knowledge of words to their own writing. Word study leads to
accurate spelling that supports students in producing high-quality
writing for college and career readiness.