Word Study in Action: Vocabulary Development





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Published on Nov 12, 2010

Word Sorts and Multiple Meanings

Vocabulary Development Through Word Sorts

The teacher in this segment has designed a word sort using vocabulary based
on the current classroom theme of emotions. This is an open sort, meaning
that the teacher does not dictate the categories that students should use for
the sort. Through small-group exploration of the words, students realize that
the cards can be sorted in terms of opposites. The teacher has grouped students
according to needs and has built in differentiation through the word sort.
She works with each group, providing support as needed. The students are
then asked to add new word pairs that fit the criteria of the sort.

What advantages do you see to using word sorts for vocabulary development?
How is the structure of this task inclusive of all students?

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