SORT Into CATEGORIES (growing bundle) Activity! 30 CATEGORY BOARDS with Bubble Maps, each with 8 items! This activity is great for teaching categorization and vocabulary for common items. It is very simple to use.
Categories include: Ocean animals, Zoo animals, Farm animals, Forest Animals, Arctic Animals, Pets, Birds, Insects, Furniture, Transportation,
Kitchen, Bathroom, Jewelry, Sports, Toys, Tools, School Supplies, Amusement Park, Plants, Body Parts, Occupations, Food, Drinks, Vegetables,Fruit, Sweets, Clothes, Instruments, Shapes, Colors, SUPERHEROES, Dinosaurs...NOTE: I will be adding more to this growing product. As I create and use, I will share with all of you. Please send my any suggestions, requests. I’ll be adding some visual sentences as well.
I created two versions of this category boards.. One with colorful pictures on the category boardsand the other one is plain (no pictures). I did this in case you did not want so much detail on the category board or wanted to save on ink.I also created two versions of the round picture cards, one with text for names, and the other without. Print the product you prefer!
There are 30 category boards. Each board represents a category with a bubble map presentation.. Each board has roomfor 8 items to be placed on the bubble map. For example, a board for the ocean animals category would have 8 circleswhich will be populated with 8 ocean animals.
There are eight items provided for each category board.. There are a total of 240 round 2 ½” picture cards.
Cover page (collate the 12 boards and put cover page on top to form a booklet)
You will need:
White cardstock paper (8.5” x 11”)
Depending on what type of product to adhere the round pictures to the category board with, choose ONE of the products:
©Velcro (scratchy and fuzzy sides). I like using the circle shape ©Velcro for this.
Aleen’s Tack It Over & Over product.
Huge binder! I used this one: Cardinal FreeStand ClearVue Easy Open Locking Slant-D Ring Binder, 4-Inch, White (43140)
by Cardinal (Amazon)
If you do not want to spend this much or have such a huge binder, you can break up the collection into two smaller binders.
Putting Activity Together:
Laminate the 30 category boards pages and cover page.
Cut out circle pictures (240 pieces).
Adhering circle pictures to category boards. Choose one of the three approaches:
Place fuzzy side ©Velcro on the tiny dotted circles of all 30 bubble maps.. (there are 8 tiny dots)
Place scratchy side ©Velcro on the back of each circle picture.
Store the circles on the bubble map boards by category. (8 per page)
Poster Tack. Just adhere the circles to the category board bubble maps with tiny pieces of Poster Tack (8 per page)
Aleen’s Tack It Over & Over product. Follow directions on bottle to place sticky glue dot on back of each picture circle. Store the circles on the bubble map boards when dry.
Collate all the category boards and store in binder(s).
Feel free to use this activity in your own special way, but this is how I use it…
First, I explain what a category/group is. Then, I introduce the category board and items that belong to that category. Help the student namethe items. Once the student is acquainted with the category board and items, I move on to the next approach as follows.
I select 2-3 category boards to use and the items that go with it. I select 4 items for each category.
Mix up the circle cards (you may face them down). Have student select a card. See if he/she can name the item.
Proceed to have the child select the category it belongs to and place it on that bubble map. Continue until all item cards
NOTE: I only use 4 circle cards at a time. I included 8 circle cards per category to give variety. The extra dots 4 dots outside
of the bubble map, I only use for storage. Of course, the student may excel to be able to use all 8 circle cards at a time!