Sorting Activities for Little Learners (Free Sample)

I am bringing back an oldie but goodie!  Sound sorting activities are some of our favorites!

 

What does the research say?

In Kathy Ganske’s book Word Sorts and More, she begins by discussing how humans we categorize our world in order to make better sense of it.  My rearranging our world into categories, it makes the retrieval of information more efficient.

How do we start?

Picture sorts 

We begin with picture sorts!  This is done with support by the teacher as students listen for the initial sounds in known words.  Picture sorts work naturally at the beginning of the year while we are focusing on phonemic awareness skills.  Students listen for the beginning sounds and sort them accordingly.  This can take place in a whole group setting, but it should also be reinforced during your small group lessons.

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

It makes sense to bring these skills back into your small group setting since you are then able to differentiate the lessons to meet the individual needs of your students.  If you are using ESGI to assess your students, this process is a simple one!

Once students complete the sort with their teacher, they can then complete the sort independently (or will less support).

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

Again, this task might be conducted in your small group lesson or it could be an independent activity the students work on once they return back to their literacy station or center.  In my experience, students like to do picture sorts.  These closed sorts are another opportunity for students to firm up their new learning!  Since the words are the same as they conducted with teacher support, students spend their thinking time sorting the words, not trying to figure out it that picture is a lizard or an iguana.

Keep the learning GOING!

What we want is for the students to overlearn these new sounds.  So how about a game?  My class LOVED this game!  They simply play with a partner.  Each taking turns spinning the spinner and finding the picture that begins with the initial sound.  Again, these are the same images from the sort, so there is less time spent trying to identify the picture and more time is spent isolating sounds.  WIN!

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

When I revised this unit, I also added the differentiated cube option (because we sort of love them!)

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

The revision also included this option!  DAUBERS!  Enough said!

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

What about homework?

I am not a fan of homework, but there are times when parents ask for some activities to do at home.  If this is the case, you could send this home! I just wrote the letters on a wooden cube.

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

Easy Station or Centers!

Once you have taught the format of this game in your small group, it can easily turn into an anchor center.  This center can last you all year!  It is easy to differentiate by having several varieties going at one time!

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

Sight Words?

Yes, there is an editable version so you can enter your own sight words.  Simply type the words are the sheet is filled in for you!  Easy!

Sound Sorting Activities for little learners. Wondering how to include fun sound and letter sorting activities into you kindergarten class? This post will highlight lessons for : letters, beginning sounds sorts, digraph sort, blends, long and short vowels and more. Plus a fun game. Download the FREE sample now.

If you have previously purchased these units, you can get the revision for free!  I added so much to them!  

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    My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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    1. Is there a free download for the Sound Sort Cut and Paste? I clicked on it, but it was a Math Journal, not the sort.

      Thanks!

      1. Hmmm… I just clicked on the link to check it and it looks okay. Just go to the end of the post and enter your email. Then you will be sent a link. I am not sure if the link was messed up because it was viewed in Blog Lovin. Let me know if you continue to run into trouble.

    2. Hi Deedee,
      I am trying to get the free download on Sound Sorts but a Math Journal pops up,

      1. Hi Tammy!

        I just checked the link and it appears to be functioning correctly. You fill out the box at the end of the post and it will ask for your email. Then you will be emailed a link for the download. Like I said, I just checked the link and followed it all the way through to the download and it appeared to work.

        Can you try it again?

      1. Great! Just enter your name in the box at the bottom of the post and it will be on its way to you. If you are not getting it, it is probably because you are using a school email and your school’s filter is blocking it. You will need to use a different email. Thank you!

      1. Great! Just add your name and email to the box at the bottom of the blog post and it will be emailed automatically to you.

      1. Yes, you just need to put your email address in at the bottom of the blog post and it will be sent right to you. πŸ™‚

      1. You got it! Just add your email address to the box at the end of the blog post and it will be sent to your inbox. πŸ™‚

      1. Tina, you can download a free sample of this activity by adding your name and email at the bottom of this blog post πŸ™‚

      1. You bet, just add your email in the box at the bottom of this blog post and it will be sent directly to your email in box.

        1. Oh mylanta … I am reading these and your very patient reply over and over and over again thinking…this woman is a saint! You rock. Thank you for all you do to help us.

      1. Great,

        Just add your email address to the bottom of the blog post and it will be sent to you. If you are using a school email, it maybe blocked, so try another one if that does not work.

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