Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Words Sorts and Reading

I am a HUGE word sort fan. I believe word sorts help children make sense of a sometimes unpredictable English language. Since our brains like to look for patterns and order, word sorts help children notice how words are the same and how they are different. And I feel they are more effective when the students already have the cards ready to sort instead of having to do a cut and paste activity.  We want children to use their time sorting and reading not cutting and pasting.

I made a new Monster Word Sort Games packet just in time for the last 2 weeks of October.  And yes, I did put it to a song with the tune : 10 Little Indians.  Click on the picture to see the words to the song.  It's very simple but will help teach the skill of sorting.  Always focus on how they are the same.  Then focus on how they are different.
This packet includes activities for whole group, guided reading or small groups, and independent literacy centers.  
Pictures of some of the activities.  There are 56 cards  (same color within word family) and 56 cards (mix colors within word family) included to sort along with sorting mats and a recording sheet to apply the skill.  Choose which cards will work best with your students' age and reading ability.  
To purchase the 70 page resource, click HERE.  The graphics are by:

I also included the Common Core State Standards for ELA Reading Foundations for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Phonological Awareness and Phonics.

Thanks for stopping by.  We are having fall break in our state starting today.  Hurray for fall!  And it actually is starting to feel like it.


  1. It looks like a great packet!
    Have a wonderful fall break! We don't get those around here! But we will have a week off during Thanksgiving week, and it will be well appreciated then. :)

  2. Looks wonderful! Can't wait to read more of your blog. :)

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