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I’m still working on “big” and “small” size concepts with some of my students so for this month I’m using big and small shamrocks to work on this goal.  I thought I would share them as a Free Resource for you to use with your students this month too.  Just print, laminate, and cut out the shamrocks and you are ready to go! Big and Small Shamrock Sort

I set up the activity by putting the Big and Small Cards at the top of the therapy table.

I held up one shamrock and modeled the size concept and then put it under the correct big/small card.  Then I modeled the other size concept and put it under the correct card.  We reviewed those “big” and “small” concepts multiple times.

There are some variations depending on your students’ skill level and exposure to size concepts.  Some of my students are just learning about size concepts so they needed a lot of prompting to help them place the shamrocks in the correct spot.  The focus for these students is just identifying the difference and being able to sort the two different sizes.

Another receptive task I used with my students who are staring to understand big/small concepts is I held up a big and small shamrock and I provided a verbal instruction including the size concept.  For example, “take big” or “find the big Shamrock”.  You can even provide 1-2 step directions changing the number of shamrocks the student takes.  For example, “take 2 small shamrocks” or “take 1 big shamrock and 1 small shamrock”.  This is great for my students with following direction goals.

You can also use this as an expressive language task.  Hold up one of the shamrocks and have your student verbally or with an AAC system tell you the size concept.  Once they tell you “big” or “small” you can hand them the shamrock and he/she can place it in the correct spot.  You can also work on expanding their utterances such as “big shamrock” or “I see little shamrock”.  It’s an easy activity to set up and use with your students!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

Here is the link – Big and Small Shamrock Sort

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