As a speech pathologist or classroom teacher, we want our students to develop a strong working vocabulary
. The larger the vocabulary, the better our students will be with reading comprehension. One way to build vocabulary is to teach vocabulary words in a context
. Teaching categories helps students have a way to organize the words by similar features. It also helps with describing familiar nouns by category group attributes.
How to assemble and organize:
I printed these visuals and put in a sheet protector. I store them in my visual supports binder. This way I can easily find visuals that I need for my students. If you are wanting to attach these visuals to bins, laminate, cut out and attach Velcro. I store these cut up category visuals in a plastic bag or storage container.
How to use with your students:
Build your student’s receptive (understanding of categories) language
by having them sort cards, or objects into the correct category groups. You can find these really cool trinkets on Etsy from Dinky Doodads
that I used with these visuals. Check out my "I Spy" Sensory Bin Blog post for more details.
There is a free “I spy” Category printable on that blog post!
Build your student’s expressive (verbal use of categories) language
by having them name items in the category groups. Put the visuals on bins and create a bean bag toss game. Whatever bin the bean bag lands, the student has to name an object in that category group. Play win it to minute it. Have your students try and name 3 items in each category group. See how many groups they can get through.
Need more category activity resources? Check out my
Category Activities stash in my TPT store.
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