EL Support Lesson

Wowza Word Sort

In this lesson, students will practice reading sight words and sorting them based on initial letter. This lesson can be used alone or with the Wowza Word Walls lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Wowza Word Walls! lesson plan.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Wowza Word Walls! lesson plan.

Students will be able to sort words based on beginning letters.


Students will be able to use sight words with the same beginning letter using flash cards as a support.

(10 minutes)
  • Write the word "cat" on the board. Tell students that you can hear all the sounds in this word, so it's able to be stretched out. Model how to stretch out the sounds in the word "cat."
  • Now write the word "the" on the board. Try to stretch out the sounds in the word "the." Ask students if the sounds you said made a word. Tell students that the word on the board is "the," but it can't be stretched out. Explain that some words we just have to memorize, or learn by sight. These words are called sight words.
(5 minutes)
  • Hand out the Vocabulary Cards to students. As you go over each word, have students locate the card for the word you are reviewing.
  • Tell students that sight words are words they learn to recognize by their sense of sight. Explain that when we use our sense of sight we notice with our eyes. Ask students to share with a partner something that they can see.
  • Explain that sight words, like all words, can start with different letters. The letters that they start with are at the beginning, or the first part, of the words.
  • Tell students that in this lesson they will sort, or put like things into groups. Today they will be sorting sight words based on their beginning letters.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will be working with sight words that start with A, F, and G.
  • Hand out the Sight Words: About to Any and Sight Words: First to Going worksheets to students. Have students cut out the flash cards.
  • Read the words aloud to students as they hold up the corresponding flash cards.
  • Model how to create a sentence using one of the sight words. Review the definition of the word you chose.
  • Have students come up with their own sentences using the same sight word you chose. Ask students to share their sentences aloud to a partner.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students sort their sight word flash cards into three piles: words that begin with A, F, and G.
  • Pair students up with a partner. Have the partners practice reading the words in each pile.
  • Ask pairs to come up with sentences for each of the sight words. Depending on students' abilities, have them either say their sentences aloud or write them down.


  • Have students work in a teacher-led small group.
  • Have students say their sentences orally.


  • Have students write down their sentences.
  • Challenge students to write a paragraph using all of the sight words.
(2 minutes)
  • Ask students to answer the following questions with the corresponding sentence stems:
    • What is a sight word?
      • "Sight words are ____."
    • How can we sort sight words by beginning letters?
      • "We can sort sight words by ____."
(3 minutes)
  • Call on pairs to volunteer to share their sentences with the class.

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