Silent Letter Word Sorts

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Make word study fun! Teach your students to recognize, learn and memorize the spelling patterns in words quickly, easily and fluently with these word sorts. They are also great as a source of vocabulary discussion for words that your students may not be familiar with, especially English Language Learners! Included are ways to make the sorts more challenging for you high-achieving students.

These word study lists come in three variations:

♦ Color picture headers

♦ Black and white picture headers

♦ No picture headers

This way you can choose what works best for you and your students. I use all three in different ways in my classroom.

The black and white copies can be used for Interactive Spelling Notebooks. Students cut, mix up, read, manipulate, glue, highlight and write these words throughout the week. By Friday they are ready for their reading and spelling assessments.

The color copies can be used for small group reading instruction and as a literacy center. Just laminate each page, cut them out and place in a baggie labeled with the sort. The color picture copies work well for ‘Approaching Level’, ‘On Level’ and ‘ELL Level’ groups.

The no picture headers can be used as a challenge for ‘Beyond Level’ or enrichment students.

Click below to see some videos on how to run word sorts in your classroom or how to differentiate based on the needs of your students

How To Run Word Sorts In Your Classroom

Word Study Extension Activities

♥For Small Group Instruction♥

The adult leading the group will watch and assess how well they read and recognize the spelling patterns when they are sorting the words, guiding and discussing as needed. Doing repeated practice with a paraprofessional is great practice as the more they practice, the more fluent they become. These are great for parent helpers who like working with students also!

♥For a Literacy Center♥

Students take a baggie and read and sort the words on their own (or with a group). They can also write the words (or write them in sentences) after they have sorted them for added writing practice.

This word study kit includes:

• Silent Letters: -wr, gn, kn, b

Video Demonstration

Click {Here} to see a quick demonstration video on how simple and easy it is to set-up word study sorts in your classroom! Be sure to subscribe to this youtube channel as I will be uploading many different word study videos on tips and tricks for starting your word sorting journey!

You may also be interested in the year long bundles:

Emergent Reader Word Study

Developing Reader Word Study

Fluent Reader Word Study

Word Study Bundle {Primary}

Or by individual grade level:

Word Study: Spelling Word Sorts- 1st grade

Word Study: Spelling Word Sorts- 2nd grade

Word Study: Spelling Word Sorts- 3rd grade

Word Study: Spelling Word Sorts- 4th grade

Word Study: Spelling Word Sorts- 5th grade

The complete word study kits (above) include:

♦ The sorts in three variations

♦ Directions on how to use them for an interactive spelling notebook

♦ Directions on how to use them for small group instruction

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10 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.


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