Gnomes Read, Write, and Think

"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods…” -JK Rowling

Word Study Work

Open Sort

Cut apart your words. Initial the back of each word. Look at all the words. Look for any patterns. Discuss the patterns with a friend or adult if you choose. Sort the words into columns based on the patterns you see. Once you are happy with your categories, try to name each category. Finally, write all your words, in a different column for each category, in your notebook. USE YOUR BEST CURSIVE HANDWRITING!

Closed Sort (in class)

You will meet with me in class and we will determine the categories together. You will write the words in their categories in class.

Two Written Sorts

Sort all of your words using the categories we found in class. Write your words, in their categories, in your notebook. USE YOUR BEST CURSIVE HANDWRITING! Mix up all the words. Repeat!

Speed Sort

Find a stopwatch, watch or clock. Sort your words as fast as you can into the correct categories. Record your time. Mix them up and sort them again as fast as you can. Try to beat your last time. Record your time. Repeat at least three times. Have an adult sign your page, acknowledging that they saw you working on your speed sorts.

Alphabetical Sort

Put your words in alphabetical order. Write them in your notebook in alphabetical order. USE YOUR BEST CURSIVE HANDWRITING!

Blind Written Sort

Have a friend or adult read each word to you. DO NOT PEEK AT THE WORDS! Write the word, spelling it correctly, in the correct category. USE YOUR BEST CURSIVE HANDWRITING! Have your person check your work, using your closed sort as their correcting key. If you made any mistakes, do the blind written sort ALL OVER again until you can do it without making any mistakes! (Or until your person takes pity on you and signs your page, acknowledging that you did your best and that you might need some extra help.)

Word Hunt

Use the book you are reading right now or another book that looks promising. Look for words that would fit into our categories this week. (If we already have the word in our list, you can’t use it!) Find ten words total, spread out as evenly as possible in each category. USE YOUR BEST CURSIVE HANDWRITING! If you have searched and searched (for at least 20 minutes) and cannot find ten words, have an adult sign your page, acknowledging that you tried your best.

Glue Sort

Sort your words into the correct category. Glue them into your notebook in the correct category. You will be tested on these words tomorrow! BEWARE! I like to be tricky! I love to find a few words from your word hunts and toss them into the test to see if you are able to apply what you have learned about words in this sort! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


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