The Animals Vocabulary Match Activity makes a great Science center activity during an animals unit. In addition to a center activity, there are a number of other options for using this activity.
Use the cards in this resource to develop the vocabulary of beginning or struggling readers and students who have English as a second language. Students simply match the words to the pictures. Depending on the learning needs of the students, you may want to be selective in the cards that you give to them to match.
Use the cards for a memory type match game. Students work in groups of 2 to 4 students. They lay all the cards face down on a table or on a clean floor space. Students then take turns flipping two cards at a time to see if they have a match. If they have a match they get to keep the cards and they take another turn. The student with the most matches at the end of the game is the winner.
Place the cards in a learning center and students can either match the words to the pictures or they can play the match game with a partner. You can also use this activity as an anchor activity when students have finished their regular work.
Flexible Grouping Strategy
Use the cards to help your students find partners for class activities. Take the number of students in your class and divide by 2. For example, if you have 28 students, you would divide by 2 and get 14. Pick 14 sets of cards and shuffle them. Have each student pick a card. Students then go around the classroom to find the classmate that has their matching card. These students then become partners.