Letter Sorts Made Easy

Again and again I am reminded how valuable letter sorts can be.  My school’s literacy coach uses them frequently with struggling readers, and I see reading intervention coaches in all of our buildings with those beautiful walls of organized magnetic letters, using them to help students build fluency.

The thing is, I can’t organize my magnetic letters that way.  I use them in too many ways!  Sometimes we are doing large group sorts, sometimes we are using them to read, write, and build words, sometimes we are using them for __________ (fill in the blank).  Not to mention the time it takes to pre-sort the letters that I put into the sorting mix!  So I have always struggled to do as many of these sorts as I probably should.

I decided this year to simplify, and I finally have had success!  I created a very simple PDF with a page of letter cards for every uppercase and every lowercase letter.  I also created several pages of typical sort combinations (upper versus lower, letters with straight lines versus letters with curves, p/d/b/q, etc)  I gave these originals to a parent volunteer, who copied them on to card stock, cut and laminated cards, and organized them into envelopes.

Now, all I have to do is pull two envelopes out of my box and dump them out, and the sort is ready!  I have been able to use these as letter/sound interventions repeatedly.  They are also so easy to use that I can have fourth grade safeties work with kids using the sorts.  Practice became SO easy.

I would like to share the file I created.  You can download it here.  This link will connect you to my TeachersPayTeachers store, and this product specifically.  It is FREE, so just click download!

I hope it can help you as it has helped me!

One Response to Letter Sorts Made Easy

  1. www.reginejohansen.com February 18, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Great post with lots of important stuff.