Stuff the Stocking: 12 category stockings provided along with 3 category cards per stocking (pages 4 – 9). Each player takes one game board. Mix up the category pictures and place them face down on the table. Take turns picking a picture. The student labels the picture and determines if it belongs in a category on his/her game board, then the picture is placed in its category, and the next player takes a turn. If the player can’t match their picture to a category on their card, another player can “steal” their card, if they have the correct category. The first player to find all 9 category members on their card is the winner.
Compare/Contrast: The student is given two cards and asked to discuss how they are alike and different. A Venn diagram can be used as a visual cue, if needed. Descriptive expectations can be adjusted to the child’s age/ability. Four readymade Venn diagrams provided (pages 11 – 14) along with a generic Venn diagram (page 10). Category cards and Go Fish cards can be used with this activity.
Go Fish (pages 15 - 18): Played using the same rules as traditional Go Fish, the student must use descriptive details when requesting cards. Each card has a match as well as another card pair that is very similar, requiring the student to be descriptive and detail oriented. The student must also practice good critical listening skills when the speech teacher or another child takes a turn.
Picture cards (page 20): Cards can be presented to enhance the students’ ability to identify and label winter vocabulary. Can be used with Venn diagram (page 10) and describing cue card (page 19) .
Where, Why, Guess the Gift and Pronoun cards (pages 22 – 31): Used with Hanukkah, Christmas and Winter game boards and corresponding game cards (pages 32 – 40) ).