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Word Sort Activities

Dear Families,

Your child will be bringing home a collection of spelling words weekly that have been introduced in class. Each night of the week, your child is expected to do a different activity to help master the words and the spelling idea(s) that they represent. These activities have been modeled and practiced in school, so your child can teach you how to do them. As well, they will come home with their current spelling Word Sort written correctly in their spelling spiral.

Monday-- Word Sort: Have your child sort the words into categories like we did in school. Your child should read each word aloud as it is sorted. Ask your child why the words are sorted in this particular way. Write the words down in the Spelling Spiral.

Tuesday-- Speed Sort: Ask your child to sort the words correctly as fast as possible. Use a watch or timer to time your child and record the time in the Spelling Spiral. Repeat the Speed Sort to improve speed. If you don’t have a timer, please do a regular written Word Sort.  

Wednesday-- Blind Sort: Lay down a header for each category and then randomly read the words from the sort aloud. Your child must indicate where each word goes without seeing it, and then write it under the correct header. Check the words for correct spelling. Practice any misspelled words.

Thursday-- Free Choice: See the attached list for some Free Choice Options and assist your child in completing this activity.

We will have a spelling test on Friday.

PLEASE RECORD ALL WORD SORTS IN SPELLING NOTEBOOK. Do not tear pages out as they are completed, because this notebook can be a valuable tool for review.

Thank you for your support of your child. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. We make a powerful team!


Mrs. Ricker

P.S. Your student has been given more detailed directions for each of these sorts to keep in his or her homework folder.