This activity is designed to help your students practice sorting items into abstract categories, such as “things that are cold” or “things that are fast.” There are 12 different tree cards that have the names of categories written on them and 60 different apple cards with pictures of items that go in the different categories. There are 5 apple cards for each category.
Here’s how to use this activity:
1) Cut out the tree cards and laminate for durability
2) Cut out the apple cards and laminate for durability. I would recommend writing numbers on the backs of the cards to help with organization (for example, writing “1” on all things that are hot and “2” on all things that are cold.
3) Lay a certain number of trees out on the table. You may want to start with just 2 trees and then progress to sorting pictures between more categories.
4) Put apple cards in a pile on the table or in a bag. Have each student choose an apple card and place it on the appropriate tree.
There are some items that can overlap between 2 different categories. For example, a clock could be in the “things that have numbers” category and the “things that are round” category. For more advanced students, you can choose 2 categories that have overlapping members. Then have your students determine which items belong in both categories and which belong in just one.
Variation: Place 3-5 pictures on the correct tree and then add 1 picture that doesn't belong in that category. Have your students determine which item doesn't belong.
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Activity created by Lauren Laur, CCC-SLP