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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


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karen waechter

October 02, 2012

I work with adults who are struggling with math, reading, and language. I found your site through an online class I'm taking and think that even adults would enjoy the sorting.


Denise Thompson

February 25, 2011

My students and I loved the lesson for Short A word families. I saw great improvement in my students. I have the same comment as Darlene. Where are the word sorts for the other short vowels? Please add them to the lesson. I would gladly use them all! Thank you!



February 20, 2011

I love that the interactive Family Sort tool doesn't notify my daughter if she puts the word in the wrong column. The problem with so many computer learning programs is that the child quickly figures out the easy way to move it along, and, consequently, they don't learn. Kudos for not providing immediate feedback.



February 19, 2011

I think it's great the it doesn't autocorrect. My kids too quickly figure out how to "play the game," e.g., just slop down an answer and let the computer tell them whether it's correct or not. The immediate feedback stops my kids from thinking for themselves.



November 14, 2010

You have a great lesson plan for short a word families, where are the other short vowel word family lessons?


Wes Ford

September 16, 2010


That was a design decision when we created the Word Family Sort interactive (http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/word-family-sort-30052.html). We designed the tool to accept erroneous answers so that teachers could use it as an assessment tool. When students print their word sorts, teachers can identify which words the children struggled with and need more work on.

We thought this would be more useful than immediate auto-correction and would aid the teacher in lesson planning.


Michele Oakes

August 30, 2010

I was disappointed the Interactive word sort did not provide immediate feedback when students sorted words incorrectly.



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