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Parts of Speech Word Cards - Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF, Word | 19 pages | Years: 3 - 6

Read and sort 112 word cards by whether they are nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, coordinating conjunctions or prepositions (available in two difficulty levels).

How to Play Our Parts of Speech Sort

Consolidate your parts of speech lessons with this sorting activity that puts your students’ knowledge to the test! 

To play, students will lay each category card in the centre of the playing area, shuffle the word cards and put them in a pile. Either independently or with multiple players, students will flip a card, read the word and lay it underneath its part of speech category card. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this grammar resource for students to practise independently or with multiple players. 

There are two difficulty levels: 

Harder Version – 6 parts of speech cards (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, coordinating conjunction, preposition) with 112 word cards and 6 blank word cards.

Easier Version – 5 parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition) with 91 word cards 12 blank word cards. 

Check out our suggestions for using this activity to reinforce English lessons in your small groups and as a full-class: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

If students are having difficulty sorting specific words, further limit the parts of speech focused on to simplify the activity. 

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

After sorting the cards, students can use a collection of words to form sentences. For example, if playing with a partner, one person would randomly select word cards for their partner to put into a sentence.

🪑 Musical Chairs 

Arrange student chairs in a circle, placing a word card on each one. When the music starts, the students walk around the circle. When the music stops, students sit in a chair and take turns reading and categorising their card’s part of speech. Any student who miscategorises their word is out. 


Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Word versions of this resource and the preferred difficulty level. 

Print on cardboard for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

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  • Dana Mueller

    Do you have a list that places each word into their category?

    • Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hey Dana, thank you for writing in. This activity is designed to be played as a sorting activity for scenarios such as small group or peer activities. This could even be a fun whole class game in a circle time style situation. If there is anything else that I can assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact us.