Sort by 4s (BOOM & PDF)- File Folders for categorizing)

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PreK - K
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Preschool and low language level students need to learn categorization skills. These skills help them organize their words as well as give them ways to describe.

File folder activities provide practice during direct instruction or independent work time. They can be used over and over with no additional prep. Plus they are tactile and fun!

How can we combine the need for learning categories and the ease of file folder activities? Sort by 4s!

Sort by 4s is the perfect sorting activity for students who have already reached their goals for sorting by two but need extra categorizing help. Sort by 4s provides four clear categories that divide items by attributes, function, or location.

Check out the blog post here INCLUDING a video showing you how to set up this fantastic activity!

There are TWO ways to use this resource (digital and printable):

1. As a printable PDF that you create into file folder activities.

As a file folder activity, Sort by 4s can be done by verbal and non-verbal students and can focus on either receptive or expressive language. In addition, although there is initial prep-work, once the sorting folders are set up, they can be used forever without any additional copying, printing, or stapling. I love having things on my shelf and ready to go at a moment’s notice!

The 6 category activities included in this download are:

  • Color Sort (pages 4-6)
  • Function Sort (pages 7-9)
  • Location Sort (pages 10-12)
  • Room Sort (pages 13-15)
  • Size Sort (pages 16-18)
  • Shape Sort (pages 19-21)

2. As a Boom Card deck (more info below). Preview the Boom Cards here.


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How to use the cards:

•Click on your deck to use in in-person sessions

•Click on your deck to use synchronously in virtual sessions

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❤️ "Easy to put together and great for language building! I even send with families or paras for extra practice"

❤️ "Great activity for early categories! I'm really getting into file folder activities. They seem so simple, but kids seem to find them really engaging, and I LOVE that once I prep them once, they're ready to go forever! Thanks for sharing."



Hi! I'm Dr. Cheri Dodge Chin. I have a clinical doctorate in speech-language pathology and 20+ years of experience helping children, educators, and families develop speech & language skills. I began my blog, Super Power Speech, in 2008 with the hope of engaging other speech pathologists and passing on ideas and resources. The blog is now recognized as one of the first SLP blogs in the world and has been nominated for multiple awards. While browsing, make sure to check out my courses and resource library with over 50 FREE downloads! Aside from flying around and trying to save the world, you can find me reading, running, or eating dessert.

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