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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Word Sorts

Word sorts are such an important part of every language arts curriculum. I have received the BEST feedback on my word sorts activities and I wanted to take the time to show you how my students complete them, in order to maximize their learning.

You can watch a video presentation here:



First, my students color in one crayon. Using the same color, they color in all the words that follow that pattern, saying them out loud as they color them in. They also color in the box that contains that pattern, below all the words.

Next, they write all the words they just colored in, saying them out loud as they color them in. I tell them to say them out loud because this will help them commit these words to memory.

Next, they color in the second crayon, a different color, and all the words that follow this pattern. They color in the box with this pattern, as well.

Then, they write all the words they just colored in, again, saying them out loud.

Then, they color in the last crayon, a different color, and all the words that follow this pattern, as well as, the box on the bottom. Of course, they must say them out loud.

Finally, they write all the words they just wrote, saying them out loud as they write them.

The coloring, writing, and speaking, give my students plenty of opportunities to learn the words. I have always loved word sorts, but didn't always have the time to waste cutting and gluing the words. Not that cutting and gluing practice is a waste of time. It is important for young children to practice these skills. But just not when we are sorting words!

My students follow the same procedure for all of my word sorting activities. Of course, some have only 2 crayons and some have 4. Just adjust the procedure if there are more or less sorts.

I have created a lot, and I mean A LOT of word sorting activity sheets. I'll attempt to show you some of them for each grade.

Second Grade

Here's an example from my word sorts for second graders pack...

First Grade

Here's an example from my word sorts for first graders pack... 
I love to use the matching sorting cards to extend the activity.

Here are some grammar sorts for first graders.

Kindergarten

The sorts below include all the kindergarten phonics skills.


You can also purchase them in a bundle with matching pocket chart cards, to further extend the activity sheets!


The sorts below cover Kindergarten Phonics Skills and have much needed picture support. Pocket chart cards are included to extend the activity.






11 comments:

  1. I even make my sixth graders word sort their spelling using similar sound patterns! Some of the vowel sounds connected with spelling are still tough for them!
    Enjoy your Sunday!
    Michele
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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    1. You're never too old to sort words! Such an important skill!
      I hope you have a great day too!

      Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. Super excited about this!! Just bought the First Grade set! Thank you SOOOOOO much for your BRILLIANCE, Lori!!!!!
    Growing Firsties

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    1. Aren't you sweet! Thanks so much Lisa for the kind words!
      Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  3. We use Words Their Way and it is based on sorting, cutting cluing. I love this ideas it will save them some time, mess, and lost words. I also make my kids say the words out loud AND spell them outloud. We sort our words 4 different days and glue them on the final day. I was trying to think of how to extend this for each day. They could just do the same sheet each day or build on it each day. Day one just do one type of word, day two say and read the words from the first type of sort then add the second type? Day three build and add the third type of word. Thinking on paper here. Thank you so much for your idea!

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    1. Lisa,

      You can definitely do just one sort a day from the same sheet. You can have them practice writing the words on white boards or have them write them in sentences.
      Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  4. Well I know what I'll be purchasing today!! I'm in the midst of trying to find better activities for our weekly phonics. We use the Treasures series and I can't stand the worksheets that come with the program. I love that this is a different way to sort the words. It will really keep my firsties engaged. Thank you for all your hard work!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

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    1. Colleen,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I hope your students love them as much as mine do. As they are coloring, I have heard them say, "This is fun!" LOL! Finding nice color combinations is also important to them!
      Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  5. Now why didn't the rest of us think of that! What a great way to do sorting. Any chance you'll be working on some upper level sets? I teach 5th grade and my students STRUGGLE with spelling our basal list. I've tried WTW and the traditional sorts and quickly abandoned them and went back to our basal list. Unfortunately for my students, your first grade sets my be what some of them need. I'd love to have upper level sets though. Melissa, Dilly Dabbles Blog

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I am definitely thinking about creating some sets for second grade and up. I usually just create what I use in my classroom because my students try out everything and approve it before it goes in my store. (And find any errors I may have!) So, if I do create upper level sets, it will be quite a bit of time before it happens because I have a to do list a mile long and a mile wide! LOL!

      Thanks again for the kind words!
      Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  6. I used Word Their Way for years. Word sorts are a great way to get student really thinking about the words. I loved it when students came up with a new way to sort the words and could totally explain the rational. Wonderful thinking activity.

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