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Word Sorts in Middle School
Allison Spooneron 2 December 2012
Transcript of Word Sorts in Middle School
- 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
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
- Old spelling books