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Word Sorts in Middle School

A hands on approach to phonics, spelling, and vocabulary
by Allison Spooner on 2 December 2012

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A hands-on approach to phonics, spelling, and vocabulary Word Sorts in Middle school What are word sorts? Tips for success Let's just jump in and try it out- it will be easier to explain as we go! Word Sort activities - Spelling Inventories

- Student writing samples

- Read 180 "student diagnostic report"

- Commonly misspelled words, words that students
want to learn to spell How do I decide what words
to use with my students? (Or, how to incorporate yet another strategy/resource into our instruction...) You are receiving a handout with 18 words.
Please do the following:

1. Cut out your words and throw your paper away.
2. Spread your words on your desk so that you can
see them all.
3. Put the words in any categories you wish.
(This is called an open sort.) Why Word Sorts? - Discovery Learning

- Critical Thinking

- Hands-On Approach


If you have not already, try sorting words by their endings. See if you can "discover" the pattern. - Student groupings

-Time and schedules

- Organization

Speed sort - time yourself, try to beat your own time

Blind sort - have a partner call out the words and you name the correct category

UNO! - shuffle and pass out one set of words, start with one pattern and take turns playing words, then move to a different pattern. If you run out of cards, you win! Try it out! Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, 5th edition
(Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton, and Johnston) Resource: (Taken from a Read-180 student diagnostic report) Where do I find words to
use for word sorts?
- Words Their Way

- Dictionaries

- Onelook.com

- Old spelling books
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