The heart of Words Their Way: Word Study in Action is the sort, or the process of grouping sounds, words and pictures that represent words into specific categories. Word sorting includes teacher-directed instruction as well as independent learning. You begin by demonstrating how to sort picture or word cards by sound or pattern. Later, as children sort word cards or picture cards on their own, they make discoveries and generalizations about conventions of English orthography. They compare and contrast word features and discover similarities and differences within the categories.
Words Their Way: Word Study in Action 2005 consists of 36 sorts in Levels K, B and C, and 38 sorts in Level A. EAch sort is designed to be completed in a week. The sequence of the program is based on the alphabet, pattern, and meaning principles that have been observed in children's spell.