Compound Words Centers: Sorting, Classifying and Which One Doesn't Belong?

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Compound Words Centers: Sorting, Classifying and Which One Doesn't Belong

Note to buyers: This product is part of my Compound Word Wizards Mega Pack Bundle.
In this product, students are wizards in the compound word lab and practice sorting and classifying compound words. This products contains picture cards both with and without the word for 204 compound words which allows you to differentiate for your students based on their readiness. Compound Word Sorts takes learning about compound words to the next level as students acquire new vocabulary, explore relationships, develop reasoning skills and improve critical thinking.

These activities may be done as a whole class, with small groups or individually in a center. They are great for early finishers and ELL students!

As students create categories using words and pictures, they develop analysis, discrimination, comparison, and logical thinking skills. Identifying similarities and differences helps students see patterns and make connections. Students develop logical reasoning skills when they analyze a group of items and observe their characteristics. They must be able to see patterns and make connections as they sort, group, and classify through comparing things that are similar and contrasting things that display differences.

This fun wizard theme can be used all year long with your students, but does tie in nicely with Halloween.

Materials in this unit include:

Compound Words anchor chart

204 compound word picture cards – one set with the words and one without

Exploding Words activity - 24 picture cards of words that are not compound words to use along with the a set of compound word cards to decide which words are compound words and which words are not compound words

21 sorting mats

3 blank sorting mats to create your own categories

Instructions and graphic organizer to play – Guess my Category

List-Label-Group directions and graphic organizer

Suggested compound words and cards to use for each category

Which One Doesn’t Belong activity – students analyze pictures of four compound words to decide the common attributes and which word doesn’t belong – note: there can be more than one right answer to most of the cards!

Answer key for the Which One Doesn’t Belong activity

Check out my other products to teach Compound Words:

Compound Word Wizards: Brewing Up Some Compound Words

Compound Word Wizards: I Have Who Has? – 5 Games

Compound Words Fun: I Spy Compound Words

Common Core Alignment:
Kinder: K.L.6, K.RFS.3.c, K.L.5, K.L.5a
1st: 1.L.6 and 1.RFS.3, 1.L.5, 1.L.5a, 1.L.5b
2nd: 2.L.4.d, 2.L.2, 2.L.2.5, 2L.2.5a
3rd: 3.RFS.3, 3.L.2.e, 3.L.4 and 3.L.6
4th: 4.L.4.c and 4.L.6
5th: 5.L.4

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Compound Words Centers: Sorting, Classifying and Which One
Compound Words Centers: Sorting, Classifying and Which One
Compound Words Centers: Sorting, Classifying and Which One
Compound Words Centers: Sorting, Classifying and Which One