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Word Sorts for Beginning and Struggling Readers

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 20- to 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy Mills

Pawtucket, Rhode Island


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • The Magic Hat by Mem Fox (Harcourt, 2002)

  • Computers with Internet access

  • One file folder and envelope for each student

  • Scissors and glue

  • Whiteboard with markers and eraser

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Word Family Sort

Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.


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1. Make one set of the Word Family Cards: Short A Family for each student on cardstock. For each set, cut the words apart and glue the header cards (i.e., the cards with the words underlined and starred) in columns across the top of an opened file folder. Place the remainder of the word cards in an envelope and tuck the envelope inside the file folder.

2. Review and bookmark the interactive Word Family Sort on your classroom or school computers. This online activity uses the same short a word families as on the word cards, and also includes word families for the other vowels. This activity will be used for additional student practice during Session 4.

3. Make one copy of the Student Evaluation Sheet for each student.

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