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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
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Starts with ch / Starts with sh

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Starts with b / Starts with h

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Starts with b / Ends with b

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Starts with d / Starts with b

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Starts with f / Starts with t

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Starts with m / Ends with m

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Starts with r / Ends with r

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Starts with t / Ends with t

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Starts with w / Starts with m

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Starts with p / Ends with p

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Ends in -ck / Ends in -ch

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Ends in -ed / Ends in -ing

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Ends in -s / Ends in -es

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Ends with -en / Ends with -an

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Ends with -an / Ends with -ad

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Ends with -am / Ends with -an

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Ends with -et / Ends with -it

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Ends with -ing / Ends with -ink

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Prefix re- / Starts with re

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Silent Consonants gn_, kn_, wr_

Sound Sorts
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Short /a/, Long /a/ vowel sounds

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Short /e/, Long /e/ vowel sounds

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Short /i/, Long /i/ vowel sounds

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Short /o/, Long /o/ vowel sounds

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Short /u/, Long /u/ vowel sounds

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Variant Vowel /oo/ in hoop, /oo/ in good

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Variant Vowel /o/ in walk, Long Vowel /o/ in glow

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Diphthongs /oi/, /ou/

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

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

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Initial Hard c / Soft c

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Initial Open Syllable, Initial Closed Syllable

Topic Sorts

Language Arts

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Adjectives / Adverbs

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Compound Words / Other

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Contractions / Other

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Nouns / Verbs

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Present Tense / Past Tense


Science

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Animal / Animal Sound

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Animal Mother / Animal Baby

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Living Thing / Nonliving Thing

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Liquid / Solid

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Mammal / Reptile

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Spring / Fall

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Summer / Winter

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Water Animal / Land Animal

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Hot / Cold


Health and Physical Education

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Fruit / Vegetable

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Baseball / Basketball

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Football / Tennis


Math

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Number / Color

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Shape / Size


Social Studies

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Day of the Week / Month of the Year

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City / Country

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With Wheels / Without Wheels

Open Sorts
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Open Word Sort 1

living or nonliving, where it could be found, how many legs
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Open Word Sort 2

characteristics of plants or animals, singular or plural nouns
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Open Word Sort 3

animal type, how it might move, how many legs
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Open Word Sort 4

transportation type, size, compound words
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Open Word Sort 5

plant type, ending sound
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Open Word Sort 6

where animals live, animal type, how many legs
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Open Word Sort 7

sport type, compound words, ending phonograms, syllables
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Open Word Sort 8

plant type, color
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Open Word Sort 9

celestial body type, natural or artificial, noun type
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Open Word Sort 10

characteristics of animals, parts of speech
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Open Word Sort 11

Civil Rights cause, personal history, gender, number of names
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Open Word Sort 12

U.S. war, sides in the war, leadership roles, gender
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Open Word Sort 13

How related to Revolutionary War, noun type, parts of speech