This “sorting and categorizing” packet contains a wealth of activities in which the students cut, sort, and glue pictures according to their “categories” and “subcategories”. The activities were designed to give students opportunities to explore vocabulary words and the relationships they have with other words, providing engaging and relevant material to teach the following Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5 & CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.K.5a Sort common objects into categories (e.g. shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5a Sort words into categories (e.g. colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5a Identify real-life connections between words and their use. (e.g. describe foods that are spicy or juicy)
This product includes worksheets (or adaptable center work) for ten vocabulary themes. The themes vary from common/simple concepts(cold vs. hot) to ideas that require more sophisticated thinking (kitchen items-things that you use to eat and things that you use to cook). Each theme has 3 different worksheets to provide differentiation. The easiest level includes the words/labels for each category and subcategory already in place, so the student only cuts and sorts the items that fit into each group. The 2nd level includes the same pictures/items to sort, but also has words/phrases to cut out and organize according to whether they are the “main category” or a “subcategory” description. The most difficult level still includes the same pictures, but the student must generate and write his or her own words to fit in the “main category” and “subcategory” space. These three levels are labeled with one, two, or three asterisks in the upper right hand corner of each sheet. The number of items to categorize ranges from 10 to 18.Most of the pictures are labeled ( I think it’s always a good idea to immerse our students in as much environmental print as possible), however it was my intent that the pictures would be easy to recognize without “being able” to read these labels, so students of all reading levels would still have the opportunity to think about language and word meanings as they relate to their oral language development. I chose to leave some pictures without labels because the actual category word would be repeatedly used and "give away" the answers.
Thank you to Mycutegraphics.com for the awesome clipart.
Thank you, also, to Jen Jones-Hello Literacy for her “Hello Fonts” and LuckeyFrog for her “Luckey Fonts”.
Common Core ELA Language Categorizing Vocabulary Cut & Paste Activities
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