Are your students able to select or match describing features of vocabulary in common categories, but have trouble transferring that knowledge to identifying similarities and differences on their own? Do you find that teaching this skill requires more hands-on visual supports? This series aims to provide the SLP or small group teacher with visual supports to help your students develop their ability to provide similarities and differences with greater independence.
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✅The research suggests: Seeing similarities and differences is a fundamental cognitive process (Gentner & Markman; Medin, Goldstone & Markman). Strategies that engage students in comparative thinking had the greatest effect on student achievement (Marzano, Pickering & Pollock).
⭐This SCHOOL SUPPLIES set includes a variety of school items. There are 18 school items in all, provided in pairs with interactive pieces for student placement within a Venn diagram. 2 differences for each school item and 2 collective similarities are included. The describing features are meant to be relatively obvious for the students, as the goal is the skill of verbalizing similarities and differences independently. There are also pages for creating different pairings among the school items. Please note: When comparing school items that aren’t the original pairings, describing features were not necessarily included to fit these pairings. The SLP or small group teacher may need to help with selection and/or create additional images/visuals.
✂️Suggested Prep: Print page 7, laminate and cut into strips to use as visual cues for verbalizing similarities and differences after completing a hands-on Venn diagram. Print pages 8-25 (and 26-31 for Make Your Own). Laminate each page. Place Velcro (smooth stays put) on each dot. Cut the bottom strip of describing features into pieces and place Velcro (rough side) on the back of each. Place these interactive pieces in the squares for student use when manipulating pieces into the Venn diagram. Once each page is prepped, you can punch 3-ring holes in each page and store in a binder or in a mesh/clean zippered pouch. Print and laminate pages 32-37. Cut each card and use school flashcards for more visual support or for a higher level similarities and differences activity (without interactive components).
Pgs.. 1-2: Cover page and credits
Pg. 3: Description & directions
Pgs.. 4-6 Product in use images
Pg. 7 Visual cue strips
Pgs.. 8-31 Interactive similarities & differences
Pgs.. 32-37 School images on flashcards
School items included: paints, crayons, tape, glue bottle, markers, pencil, backpack, folder, stapler, glue stick, computer, interactive board, highlighter, dry erase marker, binder, clipboard, tablet, laptop, chalk, colored pencils, headphones, computer mouse, book, lunch box, eraser, pencil sharpener, dice, spinner, clock, ruler, stamp, paint markers, wobble stool, chair, hole punch, scissors
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