Strategy Center: Visual Cues to Support Struggling Learners

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Differentiation made easy with Over 40 tried and true visual strategies designed to support struggling learners. Convenient, color-coded booklets will make it easy to pull out the right visual cue at the right time. Easy access tabs will encourage students to use many of these strategies independently.

All cue cards are 2.6x7.02 inches and can be stored on rings for easy access. Here's

what's included:

• Strategy Center Banner print on one standard printer sheet (8x11")


•Strategy "windows" to support decoding. The windows show an illustration of and suggested technique adjacent to an open space (cut after laminating) for students to look through and practice. Examples of some techniques include:"mouth-a-sound" "chunk like chocolate" "break like a cookie" "stretch like gum" "flip like a pancake" "point as you go" "cupcake (compound) words". Also includes a "mystery word" window which comes with a wand that encourages students to conceal the tricky word and look for picture clues or other text clues.

•Tricks to Try cue card perfect to add to a student's desk or use as bookmarks

•Segmenting and Blending cue cards including "bounce and slide" and "dots and line"

•Alphabet Mouth Shapes features each letter and the accompanying mouth shape clipart.

•Super Pointers (craft sticks needed) and convenient storage pocket. These are super hero clipart cutouts that can be attached to a craft stick and used to help students focus on a given word.


•Story Stick include a story map with detachable pieces (stored on a trip of velcro on the back the card) will help students recall important components including character, setting, problem, solution, important events etc).

•Story Hand A visual that encourages students to retell a story using the "wh" strategy and using their fingers to ensure they've included sufficient detail.

•Detail Detector, Focus Window and Detail "Finder" magnifying glass cutout encourage students to search for, and focus on, relevant details.

•Stop&Recap Signs When taped to a paper clip these signs can be attached to a page as reminders for students to stop and discuss what they've read so far.

•Self Monitoring Comprehension Checklists Use with detachable checkmarks (store on back of the card with Velcro) or reproduce so students can write on. 2 checklists are included, one featuring story comprehension and the other targets informational text.

•"Reading is Thinking" Sentence stem cue card to help students think about and discuss what they are reading


•Beginning Sounds Cue card featuring the alphabet with an illustration for each letter sound.

•Sound Out Boxes help students understand sound segmentation. Encourage students to use their finger to "tap out" sounds and spell independently.

•Spelling Tricks to TryIllustrated cue card featuring a list of 7 strategies for struggling spellers such as "using their mouth to sound out", "use your hands to tap out.." etc

•Alphabetized Sight Word Cards An alphabetized list of common words. Easy access tabs on the cards will help students search independently for words they want to spell.

•Categorized Word ListsLists of words based on common categories including colors and shapes, feelings, body parts, and "on-the calendar" (days, months and special days).

•Friendly H Cue card illustrating "H" diagraphs.

•Bossy R Cue card illustrating how the letter "r" changes the vowel sounds

•Magic E Cue card illustrating how the silent e makes the vowel say it' name.

•Long and Short Vowel illustrated cue card.

•Vowel Pairsillustared cue card featuring the pairs au, ai, ae, ee, ie,oa, oe, oi, oo, ou, and oo."When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.

•Vowels Pairs and Mouth Shapes A variety of cue cards illustrating pairs that make similar sounds with accompanying sound mouth shape clip art.

•b and d reversal cue card visual cue to use as reminder for students who typically reverse these letters.

•p and q reversal cue card visual cue to use as reminder for students who typically reverse these letters.

•Memory Tricks cue card encouraging students to use mnemonic devices to recall spelling of difficult words.


•Super Sentence Hero Chart Visual cue featuring a blank chart encouraging students to use "wh" strategy (who, did what, when, where) when writing a sentence.

•The WH's a cue card illustrating the meaning of each "wh" question word (i.e. people and characters for who, places for where etc)

•Expanding Sentences Using WH sample sentence with illustration

•Expanding Sentences Using Conjunctions illustrated card with sample sentences.

•Parts of Speech Illustrated cue card to use as reminder.

•Parts of Speech examples Chart with several examples of each component. Helpful for students with word retrieval difficulties.

•Punctuation Cue card featuring bolded red punctuation marks with a short explanation and sample sentence.

•Sentence Writers Checklist Encourages self monitoring and self correction. Can be used with detachable checkmarks (with Velcro) or as printable list.


•Writing Process Timeline picture schedule that includes a detachable arrow students can manipulate as they move through the writing process (write, edit, illustrate, publish). Use this visual to encourage reluctant writes and to facilitate discussion about editing and revising.

•Linking Words and Transition Words helpful word chart.

•Paragraph Writers' Checklist encourages self monitoring and self correction. Can be used with detachable checkmarks (with Velcro) or as printable list.

•Paragraph Parts 3 cue cards to help students understand and recall parts of a paragraph (introduction, 3 details, conclusion) Include a choice of "the hamburger" "the traffic light" "the paragraph hand (five fingers)."

•Support Word Retrieval Difficulties With a helpful cue card featuring an illustrated list with 4 different suggesting for remembering a word or a detail.

•Editor Bracelet Printable bracelets (choice of yellow with pink or yellow with blue) will serve as a motivating self-monitoring tool. It lists important elements to consider when editing. The bracelets can be stored in a handy pocket that attaches to a cue card as part of the strategy ring.

SPEECH AND ARTICULATION Visual Cues and prompts designed to support students with speech and articulation difficulties

•Sound Placement and Speech Articulation Cues

cards depicting pictures of mouth movements necessary for the sound production of "p,b,m" "w" "l" "k,g" "f,v" "t,d" "n" "s" "th" "sh" "s" "j", "ch" and "r". The cards are double sided. The back features stimulus words and pictures for each target sound (5 initial, 5 medial, 5 final).

•Volume Meter features child friendly illustrations “loud” and “quiet” Arrow can be attached with a paper clip and moved up and down.

•Rate of Speech features adorable rabbit and turtle that help encourage accurate speaking speed. The rabbit and the turtle can also be moved if they are taped to a paper clip and then attached to the card. Students will enjoy moving them as they practice "fast" and "slow" speech.

•Pace and Clarity "one word at a time" visual cues encourage sound segmentation and clear articulation.

•Fluency (speech) Awareness features 3 cars each traveling a different road. Designed to help students who stutter discuss "smooth" vs "bumpy" and "stuck" speech.

•Speech Helpers A child-friendly illustration featuring speech anatomy including lungs, voice box, lips, teeth, tongue, nose, ears and brain.


•Speaking in class A visual cue depicting steps to follow when participating in class discussions "think, raise your hand, wait, and speak". Intended to help the student who frequently calls out and rarely raises their hand.

Both girl and boy graphics included.

•Whole Body Listening (chair sitting) Girl sitting in a chair with body parts labled (i.e. eyes for looking, quiet feet etc...)

•Whole Body Listening (floor sitting) Boy sitting on the floor crossed legs and labeled body parts.

•star chart Open ended behavior chart star outlines and detachable star cut outs.

•"I can" chart cut out letters to place on a board one by one to spell the phrase "I can"

•"yes we can" chart cut out letters to place on a board one by one to spell the phrase "yes we can".

•"Did I Focus?" Self Monitoring chart with detachable check marks.

•Deep Breathing A visual cue depicting a girl smelling a flower (breath in through your nose) and blowing out candles (out through your mouth).

•Ways to Relax A list of ideas (and illustrations) perfect for facilitating discussion about ways to self regulate and deal with anger or frustration.

•Brag Bracelets A choice of 4 styles (2 boys 2 girls) and a handy pocket that fits on the card. These super-hero themed printable bracelets are great for positive reinforcement and for helping kids feel super.


• Facilitate pragmatic skills in both social and academic settings. These booklets contain a variety of visual cues and prompts including common carrier phrases, partial scripts, sentence starters and manipulatives that stress conversational turn taking and topic maintenance. Conveniently designed to be placed on a ring, with tabs for quick access so that cuing can be done smoothly and effectively.


•Sentence frames (or sentence stems) help students formulate sentences

•Adjectives Help Us Compare visual cues that remind students to use in adjectives in descriptive sentences.

•Wh Questions help us Compare visual cues that remind students to ask "wh" questions about the items they compare.

•"Words that help us Compare cue cards

•"Words that Help us Contrast" cue cards

• Variations in sentence structure cue cards help facilitate discussion about various sentences and vocabulary to use as you compare and contrast.

SUPER WORD HEROES: SYNONYMS FOR OVERUSED WORDS Child-friendly thesaurus with easy-access tabs provides students alternatives for common words. Includes 26 uniquely illustrated word cards, as well as a template for students to create their own superword hero cards.


Cue cards designed to support vocabulary and descriptive language

•Using Adjectives illustrated reminder for students to use words that describe shape, size, color and feeling.

•5-Sense Word Cards Provide students with vocabulary based on the five senses. Cards are divided according to sense "looks like" "sounds like"smells or tastes" "feels (touch)" "feels (emotions)". Tabs with matching illustrations were added to make it easier for students to find the right word list.

•Category Vocabulary List of 20 categories (animals, clothes etc.) intended to support students as they initiate a description.

•Adding Details Cue cards that encourage use of relevant questions (what color? What category? Does it have special parts etc). Great for descriptive language activities such as barrier games.


Enhance expressive language and maintain communication with parents. These 12 differentiated notes designed to promote communication between home and school.

•"speaking of Reading" and "Read and Share" Notesencourage students to talk about what they read with an adult at home.

•Teach a Grownup Note Encourage students to share information they’ve learned.

•"Show Off" Cards promote self esteem and encourage students to review new skills with a grownup at home.

•Exercises in expressive language facilitate a child’s ability to share information about events at home.

•Today in Speech Illustrated open ended notes.

•Between Home and School illustrated open ended notes

•Did I focus? Self monitoring list

•My To Do List illustrated and available with lines or without.

Note: Some of the booklets are also available as a separate purchase option. These include:

Let's Make Good Choices

Let's Read

Let's Write

Let's Describe

Pragmatic Language Visual Cues

Visual Cues for Speech and Articulation

Super Word Heroes: Synonyms for Overused Words

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