Using sorts as part of instruction or practice is one of my (and my students’) favorite reading activities. I feel like you can never have enough hands-on activities and they are honestly few and far between when it comes to upper elementary reading. This post will share some FREE reading sorts for 4th and 5th grade with ideas for implementing them in your classroom.
About the Sorts
These reading sorts are truly versatile and can be used a number of ways based on your instructional needs (see the next section for ideas). One reason that I love using them (besides the hands-on aspect) is because they use non-threatening short texts. The length of the text allows the students to confidently practice the reading skill without getting frustrated or losing stamina. It also allows the students to apply a reading skill to numerous texts in a short-time frame.
The reading sorts can also be stored in an interactive reading notebook to provide an anchor for students (you may need to print them at 80-90% to scale them down to fit in a notebook). The students can refer back to the completed sorts to review the different reading skills as they continue to practice.
And of course, I love the no-prep aspect of these reading activities. Each sort has two pages…one for the sorting page and one for the cards. I give both pages to the students and have them do a few quick cuts to cut out the cards. Then they sort the cards (independently, with partners, or as a class- you decide what fits your needs and the needs of your students), we check for accuracy, and then glue them down.
Skills included in this free reading activity:
- Identifying Theme
- Point of View (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)
- Main Idea
- Text Structure
- Types of Accounts (Firsthand and Secondhand)
Using the Reading Sorts
1. Skill Introduction – I use read alouds to introduce reading skills to keep it authentic (and engaging) and then I follow up with longer texts and passages. These reading sorts are the perfect way to move from a read aloud and modeling of the skill to application of the skill with a grade level text. Read more about how I introduce and teach reading skills by clicking here.
2. Reading Centers or Stations – These reading sorts work perfectly as hands-on reading centers or stations. Click here for more reading center ideas for 4th and 5th grade, including free centers!
3. Small Group Reading Instruction – These sorts also make great re-teaching activities. If you have students struggling with a reading skill, you can use the sorts to provide additional instruction in a new way.
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