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Level B

Map It

Map It focuses on the segmentation, deletion, and substitution of phonemes in words.  The ability to manipulate phonemes in words is an essential skill to read and spell accurately and automatically.

Learn more about Map It Level B below!


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Level B

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In the first task of Map It, users identify each sound in the word by clicking a box to represent each sound. Segmenting sounds in a spoken word is particularly important to spell words.

In this task, the user hears a spoken word “bed“ and clicks a box for each sound.

Then Sortegories shows the letter or letters that spell each sound. The red box indicates the vowel sound. This immediate feedback helps users establish the sound to spelling associations.

Map It | Level B

In the second task, users change a word by clicking on a box to “remove” a sound. Deleting sounds is another essential phoneme manipulation skill.

First, the user segments a word. For example, the user identifies that spend has five sounds. Then, users are provided with their letter names as feedback

Then users are asked to change the word by removing—or deleting—a sound. In this case, change “spend” to “send.” Users click on the box to remove the deleted sound.

In the third task, users begin by segmenting a spoken word.

Then they click on a box to add or change one sound to create the new spoken word.  In this case, from “spell” to “spill.”

In Sortegories, users segment the sounds in words even if they haven’t learned all of the sound-to-spelling associations. High Frequency words with temporarily or permanently irregular sounds are called heart words.


Sounds that users don’t know yet are marked with a “heart.” In this example, the /o/ in “most” will be learned later. The letters o has a yellow heart. Sounds that are permanently irregular have red hearts like the o in to.

Sound Match | Level B