Word Study Spelling Word Sorts 3rd grade Phonics

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3rd, Homeschool
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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. You can use all three in different ways in your 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.

♥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:

♦ 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 1st 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

• silent letters

• 3-letter blends

• digraphs

• r-controlled vowels

• long a, long e

• prefixes: mis, pre, dis

• ou, ow, oy, oi

• /oo/, /u/

• suffixes: s, es, ies

• aw, au, al

• homonyms

• soft c and g

• compound words

• suffixes: s, ed, ing

• closed syllables

• suffixes: ies, ied, ing

• open syllables

• prefixes: dis, pre

• prefixes: re, un

• el, le

• vowel team syllables

• r-controlled syllables

• suffixes: ful, less

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!

Distance Learning

If using this resource for distance learning without any printed hard copies, there would not be any cutting and sorting. The activities your students would complete would be the activities they would do once they had sorted and glued the words into their interactive notebook. Those activities are listed in the directions portion of the resource.

Interested in a Different Grade:

Kinder Picture Sort Set

1st Grade Word Study Set

2nd Grade Word Study Set

4th Grade Word Study Set

5th Grade Word Study Set

If you do not teach from Reading Wonders or would like a more inclusive word study kit, you may be interested in:

Emergent Reader Word Study

Developing Reader Word Study

Fluent Reader Word Study

Word Study Bundle {Primary}

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful).
Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion).
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.


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