It always takes some time to get back into the swing of things at the beginning of the school year.  We spent lots of time setting up our classrooms and organizing our materials.  Now we are getting to know our students, their skill levels, and what we need to work this upcoming year with them.  This is a good time to figure out other activities or materials we need for our students.  I like to use different task cards to build up vocabulary skills with my students because they are easy to prepare and each set focuses on a specific skill set my students need to practice.  I have created several different task card sets over the years based on the needs of my students which I’m sure are similar to yours.  When I create task card sets I like to target a specific skill, make sure the pictures are clear, and have large card set sizes.  If the set only included 20 cards my student would memorize them after I used them once or twice.  That’s why I have sets which vary from 45-108 cards in a set.  If I spend the time to make them I want to make sure I can use them multiple times.  Thought I’d give you an overview of all my vocabulary based task card sets I have made up to now.  Recently, I created some Level 2 task card sets so they are more challenging if your students have mastered the first level.  If you are interested in any of the sets you can click on the name of the card set and you can find them on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.

Synonym and Antonym Vocabulary BoardsThis set contains 48 synonym boards and 48 antonym boards.  The students need to determine the correct synonym or antonym given a choice of 3 answers.  The students can use paperclips, dry erase markers, their AAC devices, or verbally tell you the answer for each board. 

Category Cards – The set contains 72 Name that Category and 72 What Doesn’t Belong cards in this set.

Name that Category – For these cards I have the students name all 3 items on the card to work on building up those vocabulary skills.  Then I have the students tell me how the items are related or the category name.  This is also a great time for your students to use their AAC devices to find that category name.

What Doesn’t Belong – I have been working with some of my students on “because” so for the What Doesn’t Belong cards the students have to not only identify which item does not go in the group but they also have to explain why which is really challenging.  I’m sure some of you have had the same situation where the student can easily identify which item doesn’t belong in a group of items but struggles to complete the “because” part.

Category Cards Level 2 –The more challenging category set has 72 Category Level 2 cards and 72 What Doesn’t Belong Level 2 cards. 

Level 2 Category Cards the student now needs to name 5 items within a specific category.  This is also an important and different skill to work on with your students.  Your students can verbally name the items, write the items, or use their AAC devices. 

Level 2 What Doesn’t Belong Cards the student needs to determine “what don’t you need?” to make a familiar recipe or “what don’t they need?” for a given occupation.  Along the top of the card, it states either the recipe or occupation.  Then the student determines what doesn’t belong in that category. 

Receptive Category Cards – This set contains 108 receptive category cards.  This time I wanted to focus on the students receptively identifying items which belong in a given category.  Each card has four items on it and the student has to identify which item belongs in the given category.  For example, “find the appliance” or “find the fruit”.  The students can point to the item or circle it with a dry erase marker.

Feature and Function Cards – This set contains 63 cards which focus on identify the correct item given a description of the item.  For example, “find the one who hops”.  The student needs to identify the “frog” as the one that hops in the group of 4 animals.

Feature and Function Level 2 Cards – This new set contains 63 Feature Level 2 Cards and 63 Function Level 2 Cards.  This set is great to use if you students can complete the first set of Feature and Function Cards.

Feature Level 2 Cards- This set focuses on identifying the correct item which contains a given feature.  I created 2-3 cards which target the same feature.  For example “find the one with a trunk”.  I have one card which has a tree trunk, one with a car trunk, and one with an elephant trunk. 

Function Level 2 cards – This set focuses on identifying the correct item which completes that function.  Sometime I created 2-3 cards which targeted the same function.  For example, “find the one that cuts”.  I have one card with a saw, one with a knife, and one with a lawn mower.

Similarity and Differences CardsThis set contains 72 cards which focus on identifying one similarity and one difference between 2 items.  This can be really challenging for students to answer that “why” component between the 2 items. 

Association CardsThe set contains 72 cards which require the student to identify which 2 items from a group of 4 items have a relationship and why.  These cards are different then just naming categories or identify which item doesn’t belong in a group of items which makes it a little more challenging for students. 

Community Helper Association Cards – This is new association set which also contains 72 cards.  This time the student needs to identify which 2 items go together and for which community helper.  For example, “the police hat and the handcuffs go together because are both used by the police officer”.

Non-Example Task CardsThis set contains 72 cards which target understanding of the concept “not”.  The student has to determine which item meets the “not” description.

Non-Example Level 2 Task Cards – This set contains 81 cards.  If your students can do the first level Non-Example Task Cards they might be ready for a challenge.  Each Non- Example Level 2 card has 2 pictures on it and the student has to identify which item meets the given “Not” criteria.  It might seem easy because the student only has a choice of 2 answers but it really is more difficult.  When they only are presented with only 2 choices there are no other visual supports to help them figure out which one does not belong.  The students have to understand what “Not” means and the other descriptive concept on the card. 

Lots of ways to work on building up those vocabulary skills with all these different task card sets! 

Sarah Allen, MA CCC-SLP

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