This is a learning center on putting things into three categories. Students will explore a variety of products made from metal and trees. They will play the game “Pick the Category” using 30 labeled photo flashcards. This is a great center to use during your literacy period or as a “Science Center.” The cards fit nicely into a pocket chart. The three category titles for a pocket chart or bulletin board are included.
A “before” activity introduces the concept of categories. This may be used as a mini lesson.
The “Thinking Mode” is the main part of the scripted learning center. The concept of using categories to help learning and increase understanding is explored by playing a game. Each set of photos have answers which are designed to be printed on the back. This enable the players to check their answers. The importance of building knowledge through non-fiction and understanding visuals are two of ELA literacy shifts in common core.
The “after” activity establishes a personal connection. The students make their own card to add to the game. A template is included for these game cards.
Photos: *Made from metal: cable, tube, screen, tuba, washing machine, whistle, chair seat, bolts, motorcycle, tweezers, paper clips, jack plug for audio cable, faucet *Mostly made from trees: boardwalk, colored pencils, almonds, cork, book, quinces, money, clothes pins, deck, Indonesian mask, maple syrup, rubber bands, stairs *Made from metal and trees: guitar, merry-go-round, organ, utility pole
The second “Thinking Mode” is about factual statements. One of the best ways to increase general knowledge is by learning facts or about nonfiction information. They read six fact cards about the photos relating to the tree and metal products. They match each fact card, using its main idea, to the appropriate photo.
The “after” activity has them create a fact card. They write a fact and draw a related picture to share. A template is included for these fact cards.
*Common core standards for speaking and listening are stressed by providing students the opportunity to communicate and use their social skills to interact effectively with others. Also students learn to respond to photos and informational text. Making connections among ideas, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition are also common core standards which students work on.
*Hint: If you don't have an efficient color printer, you may want to save the photos to a flash drive and take them to a “copy” store. This expense will be worth it! Developing a photo resource for hands on and visual learning will be vital for your students’ learning and if laminated they can be used for many years.
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