Help fine-tune K-5 students' higher-level thinking skills by having them categorize information. Students cut out and sort words according to the categories provided at the top of each sheet, or by creating their own categories. There are more than 60 word sorts in all, covering letters, sounds, content area topics, and open sorts.
Starts with ch / Starts with sh
Starts with b / Starts with h
Starts with b / Ends with b
Starts with d / Starts with b
Starts with f / Starts with t
Starts with m / Ends with m
Starts with r / Ends with r
Starts with t / Ends with t
Starts with w / Starts with m
Starts with p / Ends with p
Ends in -ck / Ends in -ch
Ends in -ed / Ends in -ing
Ends with -en / Ends with -an
Ends with -an / Ends with -ad
Ends with -am / Ends with -an
Ends with -et / Ends with -it
Ends with -ing / Ends with -ink
Prefix re- / Starts with re
Silent Consonants gn_, kn_, wr_
Short /a/, Long /a/ vowel sounds
Short /e/, Long /e/ vowel sounds
Short /i/, Long /i/ vowel sounds
Short /o/, Long /o/ vowel sounds
Short /u/, Long /u/ vowel sounds
Variant Vowel /oo/ in hoop, /oo/ in good
Variant Vowel /o/ in walk, Long Vowel /o/ in glow
R-controlled /o/ in storm, /ur/ in curl
R-controlled /ar/ in care, /ar/ in car
Initial Open Syllable, Initial Closed Syllable
Present Tense / Past Tense
Animal Mother / Animal Baby
Living Thing / Nonliving Thing
Water Animal / Land Animal
Health and Physical Education
Day of the Week / Month of the Year
With Wheels / Without Wheels
Open Word Sort 1 ?
living or nonliving, where it could be found, how many legs
Open Word Sort 2 ?
characteristics of plants or animals, singular or plural nouns
Open Word Sort 3 ?
animal type, how it might move, how many legs
Open Word Sort 4 ?
transportation type, size, compound words
Open Word Sort 5 ?
plant type, ending sound
Open Word Sort 6 ?
where animals live, animal type, how many legs
Open Word Sort 7 ?
sport type, compound words, ending phonograms, syllables
Open Word Sort 8 ?
plant type, color
Open Word Sort 9 ?
celestial body type, natural or artificial, noun type
Open Word Sort 10 ?
characteristics of animals, parts of speech
Open Word Sort 11 ?
Civil Rights cause, personal history, gender, number of names
Open Word Sort 12 ?
U.S. war, sides in the war, leadership roles, gender
Open Word Sort 13 ?
How related to Revolutionary War, noun type, parts of speech