A YEAR'S WORTH OF MATH VOCABULARY SORTS! 146 WORDS!
Sorting vocabulary words and definitions is a great hands-on way to teach, reinforce, or assess knowledge. I first started using vocabulary sorts in my classroom on a regular basis when I had the group with low English-learners. I found that repeated practice with the sorts not only helped them, but the other students in my class as well.
This pack of math sorts includes 27 sort pages (all with answer keys included) and a total of 146 vocabulary words (download the free preview to see a list of all of the words included).
For each of the 146 words, there are 3 sorting components:
1. Vocabulary Word
1. Teacher Guide
2. “How To” page: This page is designed as a guide for your students. You can display it in the classroom, review it before the first couple independent sort activities, model it, or shrink it and have them glue it inside the cover of their math notebook for reference.
3. Student Sorts: These are the jumbled sorts for students to cut out and match up.
4. Answer Keys: These pages are noted by “Sort Key” in the upper right hand corner.
*Ideas For Use*
-Centers: Print on cardstock, laminate, cut apart, and store in a snack size Ziploc bag for students to sort independently or with a buddy during math centers. Include the answer key for them to check their understanding when they are done. You may want to keep the answer key in an envelope in a separate location so you know there is no peeking.
-Homework: You can send home sort pages for nightly homework to be reviewed the next day, or attached to a study guide.
-Interactive Notebooks: Copy for each student and have them sort into their notebook for future reference. *TIP* If you are not taking for a grade, then you can tell the students not to glue until you review whole-group. That way, you know every child has the right matches for them to refer to later.
*Ideas for Differentiation
-Cut the page in half from left to right to only give the student 2-3 words to match up at a time.
-Cut the page in half from top to bottom to have the students match only words and pictures or words and definitions at a time.
*Note* I am a 3rd grade teacher in Virginia, so these sorts were made specifically to fit VA SOL 3.1-3.20. That being said, take a look at the list of words included in the sorts pack. I am confident that most of the words would fit 3rd grade objectives from other states, or stretch to cover 2nd or 4th. *