Monday, August 8, 2011

Organizing Word Sorts

Word Sort

This year our district is getting a new spelling adoption. Word sorts are a big part of the book {which I love!!} The sorts are differentiated and have 3 different levels for each unit. This summer I printed all of the sorts on color paper, laminated them and cut them out so I am ready to go for the year. At a GT training that I attended, they said when you differentiate lessons, you want the lessons to look the same for everyone - so that no one knows that another student is doing something different. So I printed the entire unit on the same color of cardstock. I was trying to find a way to organize all of the tiny cards!

I originally took file folders and stapled up the sides. I put the cards in little baggies and labeled them, then put them in the little file folder sleeve. These were great - however the folders were so thick, and I honestly don't have the space for them!

File Folder

When I was cleaning up my craft/office/work room, I found this container that I had used to hold my thread. I originally purchased it for my son's matchbox cars when he was little. I know I've seen them in Walmart's craft section, but I did have trouble finding it online. I know I paid no more than 10$ for it! I knew it would be perfect to organize the sorts!!! Especially since there are 3 rows across {the same number of levels for each unit}

Word Sort

I pulled the sorts out of the bags and used a binder clip to hold he unit together. I just slid them into their slots. I'm holding on to the bags so that I can keep them together when they go into my word work center. I made a label for each side of the container...and there you go....the perfect way to organize word sorts that doesn't take up a TON of space!

Word Sort

14 comments:

  1. What a great way to organize! I have always done mine in one notebook and it helps so much to be organized!

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  2. ooo...i love the way you organized them. so simple, yet i didn't think about it! I have mine in baggies, but these paperclips and the container are nice!

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  3. Great idea! I will be using it for our sorts this year for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. My first thought was that these look AWESOME! My second thought was that you must feel SOOOO GOOD having these organized!!! Great idea and thanks for sharing!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

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  5. I'm glad you guys like it! Ashley, I would love to see pics of your notebook!! Mrs. McKown...yes I am so relieved that I don't have to make these each week!!
    -Audrey

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  6. This is a great idea! I'm very interested to know the name of the book you use - I'd love to have 3 levels of sorts ready to go for each unit! Do you mind posting the name or emailing it to me? Thanks

    Kylie
    Down Under Teacher
    downunderteacherblog@gmail.com

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  7. I am also interested in what book you are using. We are adopting Words Their Way but won't have the books until opening week (end of August)!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Teresa
    http://thevogelgesangsteaching.blogspot.com/

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  8. Did you see my latest post?? Come on over and join up! It's a blog page just for 3rdies!!
    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  9. Anonymous11/11/2011

    So can you tell us the name of the book?
    Thanks,
    Jen Jones
    www.helloliteracy.blogspot.com
    helloliteracy@gmail.com

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  10. What are you using to come up with your words for the sort? I am a new teacher and looking to create a word sort like this. Any information would be helpful!!
    Thanks

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  11. I am also a new teacher and I am curious how you are using this resource. If you could elaborate, I would greatly appreciate it. orgera.a@gmail.com

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  12. Please DO continue posting about Words Their Way and how you handle it...we have four levels in our classroom and it seems overwhelming...our first year doing it

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  13. If you have the book or the print outs you used and would be willing to share, that would be so helpful. We have WTW here at our school and are trying to get a bit more organized with it. I hope you can help out or steer me in the right directions. Thanks!!!

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  14. Anonymous8/07/2016

    Thank you! How many containers did you use for all the units in all the books? What did you use to reprint all the words (retype them?)
    Thank you,
    Shari Costanzo
    Randomcostanzo@gmail.com

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