This math vocabulary sort is to better help students get a grasp of key math vocabulary. If the students can find these key words and know what process that means to do, then they will have a greater chance at getting the problem correct. For this activity, I print out the pages and cut out each title name (Addition, Subtraction, etc.), the vocabulary words and the word problems and laminate each one individually. I then put small magnets on the back so that way I have 4 or 5 columns (depending on the level you are using. You may not be using the Multi-step problems for lower graders, therefore you will set aside the multi-step problems) and put them on the board. Then I lay out each of the vocabulary words for the students to decide which category to put it under. Then I introduce the word problems and have the students find the key word (underline and put what process above that word).
Some word problems may have certain key words they are familiar with, but will not necessarily mean to do that process. Therefore, the students will need to really analyze the question to determine what process they are really doing then they can put it under which category it belongs.