Discover W.O.R.D.

Words matter. They connect concepts to ideas, ideas to knowledge, and ultimately connect children to the world around them.

Features

Children learn best when they're having fun. Through captivating games blended with research-based learning strategies, W.O.R.D. will help your students become fluent readers with a rich vocabulary and greater comprehension.

  • Core Vocabulary

    Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert's research proves that 2,500 morphological word families make up 90% of all text. Teaching these word families in context accelerates comprehension and creates opportunities for your students to make connections and incorporate new words in their vocabulary.

  • Personalized Learning

    The destination is the same, but the journey can be different. W.O.R.D. exposes your students to the same vocabulary, but the how and when are student-dependent. Dual tracks personalize learning paths and help each student grow with confidence.

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    Contextual Repetition

    Repeated exposure to a word in a single context limits a student's awareness to a single use. High-frequency repetition of a word in multiple contexts and settings expands usage and drives a student toward comprehension rather than recall.

  • Fun and Engaging

    Playing exciting and imaginative games while reading creative and thematic passages will immerse your students in a world where learning and completing objectives feels a lot more like play than work.

Context Matters

Based on Dr. Hiebert's renowned research, W.O.R.D. introduces students to words with multiple meanings through repeated exposure and within context. See below how passages in W.O.R.D. change by grade level to optimize learning and increase reading comprehension.

Kindergarten

A triangle is a shape. A circle and a square are shapes, too.

Kindergarten

Students in kindergarten learn to identify geometric shapes and objects that resemble them.

Grade 1

Grade 2

Regular exercise helps people get in better shape.

Grade 3

Students in third grade are able to use concrete words in idioms. They learn that the word “shape” can sometimes describe a physical condition.

Grade 4

In fact, an idea took shape in the jackal’s mind right away.

Grade 5

In fifth grade, students use words idiomatically with ease and begin to play with multiple meanings.

shape

Designed to grow with and challenge students from Grades K-5, W.O.R.D. helps students acquire strong vocabulary skills and empowers them to be intelligent, expressive, and independent leaders of tomorrow.

Kindergarten Grade 3 Grade 5

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Modules

Through 10 thematic modules per grade level, students learn the 2,500 word families that comprise 90% of all text, directly impacting their reading comprehension.

  • Step 1 Placement Test
  • Step 2 Passage One
  • Step 3 Megacluster Activity
  • Step 4 Learning Games
  • Step 5 Passage Two
  • Step 6 Megacluster Activity
  • Step 7 Learning Games

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  • Placement Test

    The placement test at the beginning of each module is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their existing knowledge of vocabulary before being placed on a personalized track.

  • Passage One

    W.O.R.D. utilizes a student's existing vocabulary knowledge and delivers thematic, contextual, and grade-appropriate passages, which expose new concepts and words to broaden overall word knowledge.

  • Megacluster Activity

    Students deepen comprehension and word knowledge by matching a word to one of 11 Megacluster categories.

  • Learning Games

    Each game approaches the module's words from a different angle, teaching a variety of learning objectives in fun and engaging ways.

  • Free Play

    Free play encourages students to direct their learning for a set period, exploring their interests and establishing confidence in their new skills.

Learning Objectives

Grounded in research, W.O.R.D. helps students independently secure a solid understanding of a word’s multiple meanings through a variety of learning objectives.

See learning objective definitions

Learning Objectives

Grade Level

Homonyms & Polysemy

Grades K to 5

Synonyms & Antonyms

Grades K to 5

Expressions & Phrases

Grades K to 5

Heavy-lifting Words & Megaclusters

Grades K to 5

Picturable Words

Grades K to 5

Tenses

Grades 1 to 5

Inflected Endings

Grades K to 2

Affixes

Grades 2 to 5

Compound Words

Grades 2 to 5

Simple Comparisons

Grades 1 to 3

Analogies

Grades 2 to 5

Idioms

Grades 3 to 5

Derivatives

Grades 3 to 5

Themes

W.O.R.D. sparks interest and keeps students engaged by teaching new words within a world of exciting and relatable themes that also support other elements of the classroom curriculum.

All About Me

Blast from the Past

What is a Hero?

  • All About Me
  • Blast from the Past
  • What is a Hero?
  • On the Move
  • People and Places
  • It's My Job
  • The Arts
  • Action Animals
  • Science and Technology
  • Habitats Close Up
  • and more!

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Backed By Research

Language is about meaning, and human beings are interested in things that are meaningful to them. This is why children learning to speak do not start with “a” or “the,” they choose words like “water,” “mother,” or “cookie.”

Dr. Elfrieda "Freddy" Hiebert
  • Vocabulary Matters

    Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert's research of over 10,000 texts led her to discover 2,500 morphological word families that make up 90% of texts, which she believes are the key to students becoming more literate. View PDF

  • WordZones

    The 2,500 word families, which include root words, inflected endings, and any derivational family members, can be broken up into WordZones™ to create 4,000 simple word families, which include 5,586 of the most frequently used words. View PDF

  • Core Vocabulary

    Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert has found that 2,500 morphological word families account for 90% of the words in text. The 2,500 morphological word families are what Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert calls the high-utility vocabulary, and it’s proficiency with these word families that help a student read more complex text. View PDF

  • Dr. Hiebert

    Dr. Elfrieda "Freddy" Hiebert is an educator at heart. While much of her award-winning research has centered on literacy, she is committed to making that research accessible to teachers on the front lines. Read her bio