Word Sorts

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.

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Letter 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 in -s / Ends in -es

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_

Sound Sorts

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

Diphthongs /oi/, /ou/

R-controlled /o/ in storm, /ur/ in curl

R-controlled /ar/ in care, /ar/ in car

Initial Hard c / Soft c

Initial Open Syllable, Initial Closed Syllable

Topic Sorts

Language Arts

Adjectives / Adverbs

Compound Words / Other

Contractions / Other

Present Tense / Past Tense


Science


Health and Physical Education


Math


Social Studies

Day of the Week / Month of the Year

With Wheels / Without Wheels

Open Sorts

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