The High Frequency Word Project

Welcome!

High frequency words are just that: words occurring with high frequency in all genres of writing. It makes sense, then, for students to be able to read and write these words with both accuracy and automaticity.


According to the Oxford English Corpus (OEC), the 100 most-commonly-occurring English words make up approximately half of the words we use. Imagine the power of helping beginning readers to develop automatic recognition of one in every two words they read! If a child can also automatically spell this bank of words, they can direct their focus more heavily on the content vocabulary and syntax needed to express their ideas in their writing.


The spelling of many high frequency words is typically misunderstood and mistaught. Teachers are aware of how important it is for students to be able to easily read and write these words, as they are found in almost every sentence. But since their spelling doesn’t generally fit the patterns we expect, the method most often used is rote practice and memorization, usually by using flashcards. While the spelling of many of these words is not straightforward, it can always be explained. In the explanation lies the growing understanding of English orthography.

The hfw Project consists of a guidebook containing background information about high frequency words and English orthography, along with a teaching plan for implementation. It explains the spelling of each word so the guiding adult can develop a comprehensive picture of how the letters function - why these words are spelled the way they are. To do this, the history of the word, the relationship to other words, and spelling conventions must be considered.

Additionally, there are student study booklets that provide a place for children to engage in repeated practice reading and writing each word while consolidating their understanding.

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Purchase options

You can purchase as an individual (teacher/tutor or parent) OR buy an institutional license to use the project across multiple classes.

At present the following is available:

  • The Guidebook + Study Booklet #1 + the Getting Started Workshop

or

  • Just buy the resources: The Guidebook + Study Booklet #1 (without the workshop)

The Guidebook and Study Booklet #1 are one downloadable resource which you can then separate into two books and bind or put into a folder as you choose.

The Getting Started with The hfw Project workshop workshop will walk you through a better way to study high frequency words with your students. The aim is to help you access your resources and it's available on demand so you can watch the recording as suits your time.

Whether you purchase the Guidebook + Study Booklet #1 + workshop or just the materials, be sure to click the link that gives you the resource formatted to the paper size you use.

We are providing two different sizes so that people all over the world can access this work. Be sure to choose between the A4 (most of the world) and the US Letter (USA and Canada) options depending on your location.

Click to purchase the downloadable

Guidebook and Study Booklet #1

formatted for A4

(most of the world)

AND

access to the recorded, watch in your own time,

Getting Started with The hfw Project

Workshop

Click to purchase the downloadable

Guidebook and Study Booklet #1

formatted for US Letter

(USA + Canada)

AND

access to the recorded, watch in your own time,

Getting Started with The hfw Project

Workshop

Click to purchase the downloadable

Guidebook and Study Booklet #1

formatted for A4

Click to purchase the downloadable

Guidebook and Study Booklet #1

formatted for US Letter

We are offering the convenience of this .pdf format so that you may print copies of the study booklet sheets as many times as needed to serve your students. That's right - as an individual you have permission to use these resources for all of the students you teach. If you are purchasing an institutional license your school or organization has permission to use the resources with the number of classes you purchase it for.

*Note: our purchasing platform is a bit finicky about security. For most people it will download directly. For some you will need to find the email you receive with a download link, click it and it returns you to the same place but will then download. So please check your email if you have trouble with the initial confirmation screen.

Study Booklets #2-5 will be available in August. They will sell for $25 each.

Please note, we will never sell or share your information with any 3rd Party.

HFW Celebrations

This resource is more elaborate and worthy than I even imagined.

-Mary Beth Steven

I have read through the guide and study booklet which arrived very promptly after ordering online (I am in the UK). I am impressed by the clearly explained detail included in the guide about English orthography – I love the idea of including tales about words. I look forward to seeing how to use the materials in the workshop.

-Jenny Moody

I bought the HFW Project yesterday and literally felt my heart jumping for joy! The two of your magnificent brains have created an ultimate resource. This is exactly what I needed…how did you know? You are amazing! The kids and I thank you both dearly!!!

-Mara Hockenhull

✨GOLD--PURE GOLD✨ This word inquiry resource is a MUST HAVE for all teachers who work with high frequency words. Answering all the 'But how do I...' questions that teachers might have, this provides depth & understanding to an area most teachers don't know what to do with.

-Charlie Kraig

The hfw Project Authors

We will never sell or share your information with any 3rd Party.