Skills: Reading, Writing.
Target Language: Spelling of vocabulary items or ordered position of items in the context of a wider list.
Activity Goal: Check ability to sort alphabetically or understand meaning by sorting into an order of degrees.
Summary: This worksheet maker creates a worksheet with unsorted words in the left-hand column. Students must sort the words into the correct order and write them in the right-hand column.
- Distribute worksheets.
- Students work individually to complete.
Notes and Ideas:
- Alphabetical sorting can be used to reinforce spelling or introduce the concept of alphabetization.
- Custom order sorting can be used in ESL to check student comprehension of a list of adjectives. For example, temperature words (freezing, cold, warm, hot), adverbs of frequency (never, rarely, sometimes, always), or the order of words in a typical conversation.
- Custom order sorting can also be used to teach non-language content such as the order of the planets in the solar system, sorting mathematical fractions from smallest to largest, or sorting historical events by date of occurrence.