Defining Categories For Words Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: L.1.5.B
Sorting words is a difficult concept for students at an early age. This is because students at this level are a totally blank slate. They will find many features of any set of objects or words. The most important thing to remind students is of the everyday use of these items or words. The worksheets you will find below push students to add value to a group of words and make a distinction between them.
Defining Categories Worksheets To Print:
People – We look at the people you might run into everyday:
firemen, veterinarian, students, etc.
Tough Words –
The words in here are emotion based words.
Us More... – Describe the attributes of each fruit or veggie
below and then fill in the blanks in the questions that follow.
and Rectangles – We make categories so that we can understand
how words go together better. Follow the directions to categorize
the following words.
It Through – What doesn't belong? Place a check next to the
word that shouldn't be part of the group.
on Your Thinking Cap – Put on your thinking caps! It's time
for you to fill out the graph with questions and answers. We filled
out the first one to help you along.
What Is It?
Activity – Now create your own and ask a parent or friend to
try to guess "What is It" based on your questions and answers.
Animal Is It? – Look at the chart below and answer the questions
for each "What is It?" The first one has been done for you.
What Am I?
– For each word below, write three attributes (something about the
item). The first one has been done for you.
Of... – For each word below, write three attributes (something
about the item). The first one has been done for you.
the Zoo – List ten animals that you would find at the zoo with
at least one attribute per animal.
When You Have A Bunch of Words How Do You Determine Categories That They Can Be Group Into?
There are often times when teachers give young students a bunch of words where they have to utilize their thinking abilities to sort them into categories. Now, this might seem like an easy task, but for young students it is some heck of a task. It can get confusing as well as there are tons of categories that can be used for sorting words. However, here are some tips that you can use to determine the categories to sort the words.
Carefully take a look at all the words
The number one step for determining the category to sort words is to look at all the words carefully. You might have a lot of words given to you, but that should not stop you from carefully analyzing all the words. It will save your time from the possible mistakes that you can make due to thoughtless categorization.
Examine each word and think about what it is. Think about how it sounds. Think about the senses that it alerts while reading. Think of everything you can about this word and then move toward the next one.
Look for connections
This is the most important step of all. During this step, you have to look for connections between the words. You have given enough time for thoughtful analysis of each word. Now think about the similarities between them. It may be that some of the words belong to a similar field. For example, they may be food items or they might end with the same group of words.
After you have made the connections, assemble them together under the same label. That label will be the category.