Children can have fun with this sort and classify green themed unit, perfect for St Patrick's Day, Earth Day, and environmental studies. Just print on sturdy paper, laminate and cut the 70 picture word cards and 18 category cards.
****** This unit is part of a bundle St Patrick's Day Kindergarten Math Bundle
The ability to sort and classify elements in their environment, helps children to make sense of their world. These skills also help form a solid foundation for the development of numeracy and literacy capabilities. This set of 70 picture word cards and 18 category cards provides a fun way to practice these essential skills. Simply provide a pile of picture cards and the appropriate category cards and ask children to sort away! The number of picture and category cards used is totally up to you and your kids. For example, you could use just the animal cards for a simple science lesson in animal classification, reviewing and discussing the differences between land mammals, insects, reptiles and sea creatures.
Another approach could be to give the children just the picture word cards and see what happens. What do they do with the cards? Do they sort them into their own original categories, tell stories about the pictures, count, compare, discard some or perhaps draw a picture of the card’s subject in its usual context e.g. an ocean scene? Mix the cards with any other card sets you may have for richer learning experiences e.g. with some of the number cards from a standard deck of playing cards. Place one of the number cards in front of a category card and the child has to locate 5 mammals or 8 pieces of clothing.
More ways to use the cards:
1. Buried in a sensory tub with colored rice (dig deep to find the cards!)
2. Hidden around the classroom / home for a scavenger hunt or
“write the room”; (try this outdoors in a garden, park or playground).
3. Practice ABC order to the 1st or 2nd letter.
4. Word familiarity / spelling reference.
5. As a small group activity or center.
6. Use as creative writing starters.
7. Great as a discussion springboard.
8. Use a blob of playdough (per card) to stand first the category cards, then the sorted picture cards up on the desk / table.
9. Use clothespins / pegs to attach the cards to a DIY inside clothesline – start with the category cards, leaving space on the line
for the picture cards to be pinned beside them.
10. Place a category card on each row of a pocket chart and sort the picture cards beside them
11. Copy the printed words on the cards into a notebook using cursive script (copy work)