Practice basic concept knowledge this St Patrick's Day by matching up pots of gold together, each depicting an opposite concept pair!
Included in this download are are 16 pairs (32 cards each) of opposites that can be used in sensory bins, or any other way you choose! The opposite concepts targeted are as follows: big/small, hot/cold, awake/asleep, short/long, wet/dry, day/night, heavy/light, sour/sweet, young/old, girl/boy, light/dark, soft/hard, open/closed, sad/happy, dirty/clean, empty/full
You can use these with preschool students who are just working on receptive/expressive knowledge of basic concept words, as well as early elementary students working on antonyms!
If you are working on antonyms,
I would suggest cutting the puzzles in half and have each student go around and pick a card out of the bin. When all of the cards are gone, go around the table, and for each student’s turn, they pick one of their cards and state the antonym. They find the other student who has the antonym, and those two students pair their cards together to complete that puzzle card. This can continue around the table until the last two cards have been paired up.
If you are working with younger students on receptive/expressive ID of basic concept words,
you could leave the cards whole OR cut them in half (though the activity will last for a longer amount of time if they are cut in half). If you leave them whole, you could easily target receptive ID by asking them to “Point to the one that’s (hot/cold/wet/dry/etc…)” When I use the cards cut in half, I use more prompts.
Examples of verbal prompts I might give are
-Choices: (“Is she awake or asleep?”)
-Analogies/Sentence completions: (“This one is big, this one is….” “This box is open, this box is…”)
-Purposeful error: (“Is this shirt clean?” (when it’s the dirty shirt, and then they tell you something like, “No! It’s dirty!”)
Check out these related products, too!
• St Patrick's Day Interactive Book: St. Patrick's Farm
• FALL Sensory Bin Opposite Concept/Antonym Puzzle Cards
• Rainbow Sensory Bin: Opposite Concepts