Thursday, September 15, 2011
When I first starting doing sorts with my kids I HATED IT!!! I knew how valuable they were but it drove me crazy. I tried cutting lots of little cards, which took forever. Then I found them all over my room. So I had the kids start cutting their own. That was good but if I wanted them to remember the sort we did 2 weeks ago we didn't have it. Then I came up with the idea of a sorting book. I wanted the kids to have a book that they made so they could refer to if they wanted to remember how to spell a word or review some of the word families or even use it for extra reading practice. I print the sort I want them to do on half sheets of paper. Then they cut out the words and glue them on the appropriate sorting page. I have 3 different pages- 2 columns, 3 columns, and 4 columns. Each is printed on a different color. So all I have to say is turn to the pink section. When they are finished, I can easily have them read the words back to me and check it. They keep the sorting book in their desk all year and take them home at the end of the year. I use them for word families, wordwork, science, social studies, and math sorts. Now I do a sort every week. The kids LOVE it and so do I. Here's a picture and the PDF files. I've included the one I'm doing next week- the -ot and -op family. Click on the picture to grab a copy.