Get your word bag and a piece of paper. Look at all of your words. How are some alike and some different? Draw a tree map on your paper. Then, choose one way to sort your words into two groups. 1. Take a photo of your word sort. 2. Use the drawing tool to name your two groups. 3. Use the mic to read the words from one group. 4. Tap the check and add to your journal.
This is a great activity to use at a station where students are working on sight words. It adds accountability and provides the teacher a quick insight into their progress. Prior to starting this activity independently, as a class we had frequently used the Thinking Map known as a tree map. My students knew how to draw one by starting with a T (for tree) and naming the parts of their tree map. Words can be sorted in more than two groups but I found starting with two groups was a great place to start. Students chose one attribute to sort by and all the rest that didn't meet that were in the second group. For example - words with a T/words without a T. Let your students apply their critical thinking skills and study the words to determine how best to sort them. Yes of course there are lots of ways to sort. It's easy to add new words and this can become a structure students are familiar with, thus increasing independence but providing a consistent opportunity to analyze words.