I am definitely a word sort fan, mainly because my students enjoy learning vocabulary and spelling this way.
Also, students have to pay close attention to patterns, features of words, sounds and their meaning.
Teaching spelling and vocabulary with word sorts is extremely beneficial; as a result, I made the risky decision to replace my traditional spelling tests with word sorts activities. It took a while to convince my students' parents and administrators, but the results spoke for themselves.
Types of Sorts
1. Sound and Picture Sorts
Sound sorts are essential because sound is the first layer of English orthography. Sound study can be introduced at a very early stage and develop with a child’s individual ability. Sorting pictures or oral vocabulary is a manipulation of sounds, and this manipulation increases awareness.Picture sorts are one component of word study and are used to help beginning readers develop concept of word, phonological awareness, and phonics.Picture sorts most often begin with focusing on initial sound (single consonant, digraphs, or blends).
2. Open and Closed Word Sorts
Word sort activities involve students comparing, contrasting, and classifying words - considering words from a variety of perspectives.
3. Digital Word Sort
Digitized word sorts provide an efficient way for teachers to deliver spelling pattern differentiation. A variety of these are ready-made, including: