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 and no picture headers, so you can choose what works best for you and your students. I use all three in different ways in my classroom.
I use the black and white copies for my students' Interactive Spelling Notebooks. My 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.
I use the color copies (or the no picture copies) for small group reading instruction and as a literacy center. I just laminate each page, cut them out and place in a baggie labeled with the sort. The color picture copies are for my approaching, on level and ELL leveled groups. The no picture copies are for my beyond level students.
For small group instruction, I watch and assess how well they read and recognize the spelling patterns when they are sorting the words, guiding and discussing as needed. I have a paraprofessional also doing the sorts with them since the more they practice, the more fluent they become. These are great for parent helpers who like working with students!
For a literacy center, they 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:
*The sorts in three variations
*Labels for sorting and storage
*Directions on how to use them for an interactive spelling notebook
*Directions on how to use them for small group instruction
*Pictures of how they are used in the classroom
*How to store them and use them around the room
This unit follows the spelling patterns taught in the 3rd grade portion of the Reading Wonders program, but can be used for any student learning to recognize, read and spell words.
This year long unit includes (in this order):
*short a, short i
*short e, short o, short u
*long a, long i, long o
*patterns of a
*patterns of o
*long i, long u
*patterns of e
*long a, long e
*prefixes: mis, pre, dis
*ou, ow, oy, oi
*suffixes: s, es, ies
*aw, au, al
*soft c and g
*suffixes: s, ed, ing
*suffixes: ies, ied, ing
*prefixes: dis, pre
*prefixes: re, un
*vowel team syllables
*suffixes: ful, less