Word sorts are an excellent way to deepen spelling skills. They are embedded in our word fluency units and the spelling warm-ups. Some students will need additional practice to master spelling patterns, and word sorts are a perfect way to help!
This post has two types of short vowel word sorts:
- Basic short vowel word sorts
- Short vowel word sorts with -nt, -nk, and -nd
Basic Short Vowel Word Sorts
Basic short vowels are commonly taught in grades k-2. Students in the beginning stages of spelling need to master short vowels, and there are many 3rd- and 4th-graders who continue to develop short vowel spelling skills.
You can use the basic short vowel words below. Elementary students see them frequently in reading. They also come from 2nd- and 3rd-grade Dolch sight words:
2nd-Grade Short Vowels
3rd-Grade Short Vowels
Students should sort the words above based on vowel spellings. They should also find more words in their readings with short vowels and add to the list.
Basic Short Vowel Word Sort
Short Vowels with -nt, -nk, and -nd
These short vowels are little more difficult for many students. Often the accent of the local region can influence how the student hears (and pronounces) the vowel. This impacts spelling, and word sorts are critical to helping struggling spellers decipher these short vowels.
Short Vowel Words with -nt
Short Vowel Words with -nk
Short Vowel Words with -nd
Sorting these words will be a little trickier. Some of the words have two vowels, so there may be more than one way to sort. Here’s an example.
Short Vowels with -kt, -nk, and -nd