Phonics Sound Sorts: 12 Differentiated Sorts (Print & Digital),Distance Learning

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Differentiating phonetic sounds is a hard skill and ones our primary students need lots of practice with. In this resource, you’ll find 12 digital and printable sound sorts perfect for Word Work.

Each sound sort is differentiated and comes with at least 2 levels of words. The first level includes mostly CVC and CVCe words, perfect for students who are approaching grade-level. The second level includes words that often include multiple phonics patterns or include blends (ex. celebrate, nudged). I print both sets for my students (one on green card stock and one on yellow...if the set as a 3rd level I print that on blue) and place them in a plastic bag next to the Pocket Chart. Students grab their ‘just-right’ color and get to work!

The following sounds/phonics patterns are included in this pack:

  • Sounds of Y
  • Hard/Soft C
  • Hard/Soft G
  • /ar/ vs. /or/
  • er/ or /ir/ or /ur/
  • Long A (ai, a_e, ay)
  • Long E (e_e, ea, y as e)
  • Long U (ue, ew, ui), /ou/ vs. /ow/
  • Long O (ow, oa)
  • Long I (ie, igh)
  • /oi/ vs. /oy/
  • Short and Long OO

In this resource, you will find…

  • Teacher Resources
    • Using this Resource in Google Slides
    • Adding a Video Mini-lesson on Google Slides
  • Printable PDF Version
    • 14 Phonics Sorts (-ng vs. –nk, wh vs. ch only offered in printable version)
    • Student Recording Logs
  • Google Slides Version
    • Visual Directions for Students
    • 12 Google Slides(TM)-based sorts
  • Video Mini-lesson Template Slide

Happy Teaching,

Catherine - The Brown-Bag Teacher

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1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.


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