I work with many students who need work on categorization of items. I have several kindergarten students as well as some of my older students with ASD who work on this goal. I love having a very visual, but simple way to work on this so as not to overwhelm students. I made an activity that can target categories in a variety of ways.
Sorting: Laminate and cut out the 8 mats and all 24 item cards. You can put out two mats at a time or up to eight depending on the skill of the student. Some of my students with ASD have a really difficult time when there is too much in their visual field, so I usually limit the amount with them.
Expression: The student can state a sentence for each item such as “A cow is a farm animal” or “A bathing suit is summer clothing.”
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