Word sorts are effective ways for children to really focus their attention on words and their sounds and spelling patterns. They help students to compare and contrast words and to analyze word parts. The more time students spend working with various spelling patterns, the faster and easier decoding will be.
Word sort packet includes these sorts:
• Diphthongs: Two Sounds of OO
• Diphthongs: OU and OW
• Diphthongs: AU and AW
• Diphthongs: OI and OY
• Two Sounds of Final Y
• Silent Partners: kn, wr, gn, mb
• Hard and Soft C--also version called “Two Sounds of C” (“C sounds like K; C Sounds like S”)
• Hard and Soft G--also version called “Two Sounds of G” (“G says /g/”; “G says /j/”)
• Hard and Soft C and G together
• Words Ending with -s, -ed, -ing
COMES IN TWO VERSIONS!
• Words for sorting come 2 to a page and one version includes a corresponding sheet for sorting and gluing.
• A copy-saver version includes diphthongs and other toppers that requires only a half-sheet per student and a blank piece of paper for gluing (See photo examples below of the –at and –an word families sort. All sorts follow the same pattern).
• Several alternate versions of Hard and Soft C & G depending on how you refer to it. .
• Students read each word orally and highlight the spelling pattern. One color or different colors can be used for highlighting different spelling patterns.
• Start off the year by reading the words whole group and highlighting the spelling patterns together until students become familiar with the procedure and how to place them in the correct column.
• Later students can do the word sorts independently or with a partner at a literacy center.
• Words can be kept in a baggy to practice sorting daily or as desired. Words can be glued onto paper on the last day of use.
• Word sorts can be checked with a partner for accuracy.