A Word Sort is a simple small group activity. Students list key words from a reading selection. (Alternatively, the teacher may provide a list of terms prior to the reading activity.)
Organizing Your Vocabulary Notebook
Perhaps no other classroom activity is more effective in teaching emerging literacy students than using word sorts to emphasize students’ grasp of the meaning and relationships of words.
Teaching Academic Language and Vocabulary Across the Curriculum provides practices for teaching academic language and vocabulary that are useful in many contexts across the curriculum. Students need to be able to understand the teacher’s explanations, discuss what is being learned, read for different purposes, and write about their learning.
Graphic organizers help students to visualize the relationships between words and their possible meanings.