Race Car Categories – Vol. 1 was developed for pre-k/kdg, and 1st grade students working on improving the use of identifying and naming categories
• Pages 4-10: Categories: introduce the concept of categories by singing the “What Group Does it Belong To?” song with your students. Then practice sorting between two categories using category mats: fruit/vegetable, pet/farm animal, clothes/transportation. A category vol. 1 mat is included for review of 6 categories (pg. 7)
• Pages 11-22: Categories: Have the students sort onto individual category mat. 48 cards.
• Pages 23-29: Get Ready, Set, Go! Game: For this game you will need some matchbox cars. To play, have your students drive their cars around the race track saying each pictured word as they approach it and drive over it. This will help students develop automaticity with their categorization skills.
• Pages 30-45: Coco Talk-What’s your favorite?: Coco Talk is a resource to help build conversational skills. Have students select their favorite item for each prompt (e.g., What’s your favorite? What’s your least favorite?). Create a book with all pages for students to complete. This resource is great for students with limited English proficiency to teach how to sort/categorize, make choices, respond/ask questions, and build vocabulary! (fruits, vegetables, pets, farm animals, clothes, transportation)
• Pages 46-65: 3, 2, 1, Go! Game: There are two options for play. You can use the race track or the game points mat.
• Name the items in a category (56 cards and 8 blank cards)- Students must name at least three items on the card in order to store it on their mat. To make it more of a game type, add the cards in the pile. The student with the most points is the game winner.
• Name the category (56 cards and 8 blank cards) -Student must name the category on the given card after listening/reading the 3 items belonging to the category. If the student answers correctly, they are able to keep the card. To make it more of a game type, add the cards in the pile. The student with the most points is the game winner.
• Target categories include: clothes, colors, animals, drinks, cereals, TV programs, cartoon characters, boys’ names, kinds of stores, tools, sports, kinds of jobs, fruits, furniture, holidays, kinds of insects, things in the kitchen, kinds of transportation, cold things, musical instruments, things on the playground, desserts, parts of the body, parts of a house, pets, storybook characters, vegetables, things you wear on your feet, hard things, things you wear on your head, soft things, places to keep money, things on your face, things you sit on, things that light up, things that make you laugh, parts of a bicycle, things that are hot, things that have a switch, kinds of animal noises, indoor games, things you shouldn’t touch, things made of wood, things that are round, things made of paper, things used for cleaning, things that sting or bite, things in a circus
Please see: Categories – A Category Tool - FREEBIE
Race Car Categories - Vol. 2 here