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    Re: Word Study/Words Their Way Question
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    Don't place them early, middle, late. Just place them in Syllables and Affixes, or whatever. Put everyone in S and A in that group, whether they're low, middle or high. Then the whole group gets the same sort. Same with the other levels. I keep it to four groups. I have 130 kids; I teach in a middle school, but I think this works anywhere:

    I model a couple of sorts for the class first. I actually take a whole class period to model cutting it out, sorting it, writing it in my word study notebook, and writing the generalization I discover. Then we do it as a class, with each group working together. I do that a couple of times. Then I tell them the word sorts are now their responsibility. Every Monday, there will be a new sort on the wall, in their groups' folder, and they have until Friday to get it done. It's only a ten minute deal, usually, once they get the hang of it. It's a good thing that they can do when they finish an assignment, instead of asking for something to do.

    I think also that by keeping everyone in one level doing all the sorts for that level, from beginning to end, you are solving your dilemma of kids missing what they need. I think that where they place on the continuum shows that they don't need the lower levels, but it never hurts to give them all the sorts for the level they're on.

    Oh yeah, test the whole class at once. You'll get them tested in ten minutes, and you can burn through them really fast when you get a minute. Have a good kid be your "test-giver" to new kids.

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