Update: The larger pictures are the updated pictures for the word sort activities. The student word sort pages have a new fresh and engaging look!
Do you use word sorts in your classroom? Word sorts are such a great tool to use with students to learn patterns and chunks in words for reading, spelling, and writing. For a full explanation of how to do word sorts, visit my blog, Conversations in Literacy, where I have detailed this for you and the importance of using the transfer words with a word sort.
Classifying and sorting are higher level thinking skills and word sorts are a great way to practice that skill. Students sort the words and decide what rule applies (classify) to why they were sorted that way- great thinking skills put into practice! Plus, sorting words can be used in a variety of subjects. As a reading specialist, I especially see the value in word sorts for learning patterns in words to help with reading skills. Here are just a few ways you could use word sorts for reading:
- short vowels
- long vowels
- vowel teams
- root words
Another great thing about word sorts is they can easily be differentiated. Students can complete them individually or in a group, as an open or closed sort, gluing the word cards or writing the words and using a colored pencil for chunking, etc...
I have been looking for just the right word sorts for my students and never could find ones with the right words in the progression that I needed. So I made my own. These word sorts are common core aligned (reading foundational skills) and contain 24 complete lessons (word sort- open or closed, transfer words, & silly sentence). I have also included 8 different themed main word sort pages so students don't have to use the same form over and over.
I hope you will give word sorts a try! Truly a fun and valuable way to build reading skills along with higher order thinking skills.