Here are some fun activities to help students make vocabulary connections and develop semantic organization.
Using the “Connect It” category wheels students categorize a variety of items (tools and equipment) according to the worker who makes use of them. Students connect items associated with the occupation depicted at the center of the wheel, using a length of ribbon/string/bootlace.
The 18 occupations depicted in this pack are:
baker, builder, butcher, cleaner, dentist, doctor, farmer, fire fighter, fisherman, gardener, hairdresser, mailman, office worker, painter, police officer, repairman, teacher, waitress.
To make the “Connect It” wheels:
• Print onto cardstock. Laminate for durability. Cut around the large circles; cut out the notches.
• You will also need a length of ribbon, string or a bootlace at least 52 inches [130cm] long.
Directions for the “Connect It” activity are included in the pack and preview download.
This pack also includes Sorting Mats and Tool/Equipment Cards (color and blackline) for each of the 18 occupation categories. Eight tool/equipment cards are provided for each of the occupations. Some cards may be appropriate to more than one occupation. Students can practice expressive language skills by explaining 'unexpected' choices!
Some suggestions for use of the sorting mats and cards:
1. Print and laminate the color pages to make a lasting resource. Spread the tool/equipment cards on table and students sort onto picture mats.
2. Attach a small piece of magnetic tape to the cards. Secure occupation picture mats on small cookie sheets or magnetic whiteboards. Hide tool cards around the room. Allocate each student a picture mat; students search for tools that belong to their occupation category. (The magnetic tape will ensure the cards will stick to the picture mat while the student searches for more items.)
3. Print the blackline versions of the occupation sheets and equipment cards onto regular paper: Allocate each student an occupation worksheet. Cut apart the blackline pictures. Students can then sort and paste relevant items onto their page, or can draw or list tools and equipment associated with the occupation depicted on their page.
4. Play a Bingo-style game: Allocate each student an occupation picture mat. According to the number of players, place a selection of relevant tool cards in a bag. Students take turns to draw a card out of the bag. If the card belongs in his category, he places it on his mat. If the card does not belong, he returns it to the bag. Don’t forget to shake the cards around in the bag between turns! The first player to place five cards on his mat is the winner.
5. Sort equipment/tool cards according to other criteria, e.g. containers, cutting tools, electrical tools, protective equipment, handheld tools, vehicles, etc. The student thinks of other items to fit in his ’new’ categories.
6. Practice inferences and asking/answering ‘Who...?’ questions. Have a selection of round occupation cards and square tool cards ready. Select three associated tool cards and ask “Who uses a ____, a ____, and a _____?” or “I need a ____, a ____, and a ____. Who am I?” Student then selects the relevant occupation card. Take turns at asking and answering.