3-part cards are a great way for young children to learn vocabulary. The cards consist of 3 sets: one set is of an Arctic Animal, picture only; one set is of that same animal picture card with words; and finally, the 3rd set is the word only.
Children lay out cards, left to right, (a pre-reading exercise) and the teacher says the name of each animal as it is pulled.
After all the picture-only cards are laid out (18 in all) children match the picture with the picture-word cards down below, repeating the name once again.
This is considered a pre-reading exercise because it trains the eyes to scan left to right, top to bottom.
Once this is done, the teacher reads off the word cards, (exposing the child once again to a third repetition of the name of the animal) and the child places the word cards based on either visual cues or based on the child truly learning the vocabulary as they work through the cards.
Continue to use the Arctic Animal 3-part matching cards until all the vocabulary is learned. There are 54 cards in all.
Tracing and writing the words is another addition that can be added to this activity.