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ASL Category Sort // Print and Digital Boom Cards™

Grade Levels
PreK - 2nd, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Internet Activities
227 pages
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This Category sort is now updated to include both Print and digital versions (Boom Cards™)

This ASL category sorting resource was created to assist students in developing basic vocabulary in both American Sign Language and English. Teach categorization of vocabulary by teaching students to sort and categorize new vocabulary words.

Category sort helps you to:

Build Vocabulary

Sort Vocabulary

Assess Vocabulary

Support both English and ASL vocabulary

This massive resource was designed for your deaf and hard of hearing students who enter your classroom without having a robust first language. Students who have experienced language deprivation or exhibit language delays due to inconsistent language input in either English or ASL often struggle with developing and using new vocabulary.

What's in Included?

Category Sort List –A complete list of the each category

Forest Animals, Farm Animals, Ocean Animals, Zoo Animals, Pets, Food, Vegetables, Fruit, Drinks, Clothing, Emotions, Body Parts, Weather, Colors, Community Workers, School Subjects, School Places, Sports, Toys, Calendar words, Alphabet (Letters), Numbers, Words, Question Words, Sentences

Category Sort Lesson Plans: Guideline for use of the this product. Can easily be followed by paraprofessionals or other classroom helpers. Note that these are guidelines for teaching the vocabulary. I would recommend adding a few review weeks as you see the need to review vocabulary and allow students to sort a variety of categories.

26 weeks of lessons plans (you decide on any additional review times as determined by the needs of your students)

Category sort Assessment pages: Vocabulary and skill assessment for each category. Print out a page for each student to track vocabulary acquisition and use.

Tracks expressive and receptive language, ability to sort items into two categories

Category Labels: a variety of options to use for classroom display and/or organization. Includes large title labels for the pocket chart as well as small labels and even smaller labels for picture boxes or file folders

Category sort Pocket Chart Vocabulary Cards: full color cards to be cut apart and used as individual pieces

for vocabulary instruction and sorting options.

Student Vocabulary book: Black and white pages for students to use as a dictionary. Perfect for reference in class, or as take home practice for students and families

Independent Practice Pages: Single page cut and paste activity to reinforce new vocabulary.

Sorting pages: two pages cut and paste activity for students to demonstrate the ability to sort two very different pictures into labeled categories.

**********Update August 2020********

Digital Sort and Categorize added

This digital resource is in the form of Boom Cards

To access the digital resource, open the zip file and click on the Boom card file. Then scroll to the page and click the link that will take you to the Boom Learning.

These digital task cards would be great on a laptop, desktop, Chromebook, tablet, or any other mobile device that can access the internet. They can even be used on your interactive board or assigned through most most other digital platforms you are using for virtual or distance learning. These are a great addition to your classroom whether you are teaching in person or through a distance learning format.

When you set up an account with Boom Learning™ they are self-grading and allow you to track student progress. Plus, they’re no prep which means no printing, laminating, or storage.

These cards DO NOT require a student to have auditory access and are designed with Deaf students and/or students with Limited English/ASL proficiency in mind.


To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with "Fast Pins," (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards). Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks. For additional assignment options you'll need a premium account. If you are new to Boom Learning, you will be offered a free trial of our premium account. Read here for details: http://bit.ly/BoomTrial.

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Copyright © Heather Burgen. All rights reserved by author. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted

Total Pages
227 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.


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