This free hard and soft C & G word sort can become a word work center during your literacy rotations in your classrooms.
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The letters c and g can be tricky for children learning to read because they do not always make the same sound. Help children begin to find patterns through this word sort.
This literacy center will provide your children with practice categorizing words containing the letters c and g.
Hard and Soft C & G in English
English sounds can be tricky for children learning to read. The different sounds the letters c and g add to the difficulty.
A hard g can be found at the beginning of the word gum. A soft g is the sound you hear at the beginning of the word giant.
Hard c is what you hear at the beginning of the word cup. A soft c is the s sound you hear at the beginning of the word cereal.
What is a word sort?
If you are new to word work instruction, one type of activity students will often participate in is referred to as a word sort.
During a word sort, students are given a list of words or set of word cards. You will then ask them to sort the words into categories.
You might choose to have children work on an open word sort where they create their own categories. Another option is a closed word sort where children are given specific categories.
You are encouraging children to look for patterns in the words. They are building background knowledge for when they encounter similar words in their future reading.
In this sort, you want students to begin seeing patterns.
For example, if the c or g is followed by an e or y, the letter sound is usually soft.
If the letter following the c or g is anything else, the sound is typically hard.
You can complete word sorts in your classroom as whole group instruction, during center work with small groups or independently.
Hard and Soft C & G Word Sort
This literacy center contains 48 word cards. You will find a range of words that will meet the needs of different levels of readers.
The range of words will make it easy for you to adapt this center to fit the needs of your readers. Also, the center will be able to grow with your students simply by switching out words.
There is also a blank page of cards so you can add words specific to your class and instruction. You might differentiate this center by having some kids sort the words and others work to add words to the center.
You can provide students with the category labels that name the blends included. Or, you can ask them to create their own.
You will not provide your students with all 48 cards during a sort. Make sure you provide them with a manageable amount of cards. This might be between 10 and 15 words depending on your students. As students strengthen their skills, you might increase the number of words you provide.
The word cards are provided with a colorful blue background along with plain white to help you conserve ink.
There are an assortment of recording pages if you would like your children to record the words after sorting.
As a twist on the sorting center, have kids randomly choose four cards for word work. They can write the words and then draw a picture to show the meaning.
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