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This supports, but does not directly follow, the Words Their Way progression for Emergent Speller letter and picture sorts. It includes 38 sorts, a workbook, 38 read the room activities that correspond to each sort and 38 computer activity assessments that students can type or write using technology.
Sorts and Workbook:
Included are 38 sorts that range from concepts, rhyming, letter identification, beginning sounds, ending sounds, word families and short vowels. There are both black and white and color versions of each sort to make it easy to duplicate. There are anchor charts for beginning sounds and short vowels.
Also included are materials to make a workbook for students. There are covers and workbook pages, including pages to glue pieces and create their own words that follow the patterns. I bind these pages together and use an envelope to store the pieces throughout the week. There are enough sorts to cover the school year.
The sorts included are:
Sort 1: Concept Sort shapes
Sort 2: Concept Sort food, clothes, animals
Sort 3: Concept Sort land, air, sea
Sort 4 Letter Recognition Aa, Cc,Dd
Sort 5: Letter Recognition Ee, Hh, Ii
Sort 6: Letter Recognition Ff, Ll, Tt
Sort 7: Letter Recognition Bb, Gg, Pp
Sort 8: Letter Recognition Oo, Qq, Ss
Sort 9: Letter Recognition Jj, Rr, Uu
Sort 10: Letter Recognition Kk, Mm,Nn, Ww
Sort 11: Letter Recognition Vv, Xx,Yy, Zz
Sort 12: Rhyming-at, -an
Sort 13: Rhyming-ad, -ap, -ag
Sort 14: Rhyming-op, -ot, -og
Sort 15: Rhyming-et, -ed, -en
Sort 16: Rhyming-ug, -ut, -un
Sort 17: Beginning Sounds b, m
Sort 18: Beginning Sounds r, s
Sort 19: Beginning Sounds t, g
Sort 20: Beginning Sounds n, p
Sort 21: Beginning Sounds c, h
Sort 22: Beginning Sounds f, d
Sort 23: Beginning Sounds k, l
Sort 24: Beginning Sounds j, w, q
Sort 25: Beginning Sounds y, z, v
Sort 26: Ending Soundsm, b
Sort 27: Ending Sounds n, t
Sort 28: Ending Sounds p, x
Sort 29: Word Families –at, -et
Sort 30: Word Families –an, -en
Sort 31: Word Families –ig, -og
Sort 32: Word Families –in, -un
Sort 33: Word Families –it, -ot, -ut
Sort 34: Word Families –ag, -eg, -ig, -ug
Sort 35: Short Vowels a, i
Sort 36: Short Vowels o, u
Sort 37: Short Vowels a, e, i
Sort 38: Short Vowels a, e, i, o, u
Read the Room activities:
Included are 38 read the room activites that range from concepts, rhyming, letter identification, beginning sounds, ending sounds, word families and short vowels. These pair with the Word Study sorts. Each sort has 12 cards that correspond to some of the pictures/letters/words in each of the word study sorts.
There are 3 different kinds of read the room cards.
- picture cards (these include images that are in the sort to reinforce vocabulary and others that are not to encourage students to extend the skill to new words)
- letter cards (these include various fonts in upper and lowercase for students to write the matching upper and lowercase letters - the recording sheet includes handwriting lines to support letter writing skills)
- picture/illustrate the word cards (these include 8 pictures and 4 words – the 4 words, use patterns for students to apply their knowledge reading words and illustrating to match)
Computer Activities for Emergent Spellers:
These Computer Activities for Emergent Spellers pages correspond to the emergent speller sorts 1-38. There is one for each sort to act as an assessment for students. Included are 38 activities - each file is saved as both a pdf and a jpeg file individually. Students can open the file without altering the images. They are able to type directly onto the pdfs or write on the jpegs to complete the activities . I have student’s print these out and use these as spell checks to free up my time.
Sort spell checks for 1-16 have no typing – these are meant to build students ability to point and click with a mouse.
Sorts 1-3 these are concept sorts (students check the box to show which category the objects fit into)
Sorts 4-11 are letter recognition (students check the boxes to show the matching uppercase and lowercase letters.
Sorts 12-16 are hearing rhymes (students check all the boxes for the pictures that rhyme – this is meant to be listening for sounds to prepare students for sounds – be aware some lines all 3 pictures rhyme!)
The remaining sorts ask students to use their letter recognition to begin typing on the editable form. As students are still learning the keyboard – it is NOT expected that they type the whole word – only 1 or 2 letters.
Sorts 17-25 type the beginning letter to match the sound
Sort 26-28 type the ending letter to match the sound
Sorts 29-34 type 2 letters to show the word family
Sorts 35-38 type the vowel to match the short vowel sounds