These sorts are the perfect activity to help your students focus on number sense (place value and odd/even), vowel sounds, and parts of speech.
In the number sense sort, students will categorize 18 numbers by determining if they are odd, have a 9 in the tens place, or have a 4 in the ones place.
In the short vowel sort, 18 words are categorized by short a, short i, or short u.
In the noun, verb, adjective sort, 18 words are categorized by...well, enough said!
You can increase the rigor of each of these sorts by removing header cards and challenging your students to sort them without knowing the category. Then they tell how they sorted them and finally labeling the category.
Have fun (and leave me a comment!)