July 27, 2010

Making Your Own Word Sorts

Posted in Materials at 9:21 am by svalter

A lot of great word sorts are found on the CD, and even more are in the resource books (that we will hopefully be getting access to this year), but sometimes you just want to make your own sorts.  If so, here are a couple of ways you can do it . . .

First, if you subscribe to The Mailbox magazine, a blank word card set is one of the extras on the website and you can just type and print in about 30 seconds.  To find this resource, look back at one of the 2009 issues (which are still available).  Under Language Arts, click on “BONUS: Language Arts Helpers” and you will find it there.  Once you’ve located it, you can save a blank copy to your desktop to use anytime.  (I would love to upload it here, but I don’t want to violate copyright laws!)

The second-easiest way to make your own word cards is in Microsoft Excel.  All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Open a new Excel document.
  2.  Type one word into each cell (little box).  I would recommend doing 3-4 across and 5-6 down, depending on how many words you have.
  3. Click and hold your mouse and drag it over all the boxes with words in them to highlight them.  Then change the font size to something larger and click to center the words in each cell.
  4. At the top of the screen, click the tab that says “Page Layout.”  About 3/4 of the way across the screen you will see a box that says “Gridlines.”  Check the box that says “Print.”  (This puts each word in a nice little box that the kids can cut out.
  5. Preview your document to make sure it looks the way you want it to look.
  6. Print and send to copy center. 

You can also create a table in Microsoft Word and save it as a template if you are more comfortable using this program.  If you’d like to use this format, here is a blank template I created.

1 Comment »

  1. Krissy said,

    The Homeside Activity “The Story of Your Name” is in the resource book and connects perfectly.

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