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Early Describing and Categorizing Packet

After starting my new job, I really need a packet that targeted describing. I searched and searched Teachers Pay Teachers (because let’s be honest, starting your CF is insane) but couldn’t really find anything at the level I wanted. So what’s a girl to do? Make her own packet… and here it is!

My Early Describing and Categorizing Packet turned into a fantastic, HUGE resource beyond what I thought it would. Check out some of the pictures below to see what this packet is really all about.  It targets describing items by describing their…

—Category

As you’ll start to see, I’ve included A TON of visuals with this product. Below is an example of one of them. In the small square in the center, you can put the included icon cards to describe!

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In case that format isn’t your thing, I’ve included 3 other visuals for describing the category (and the other topics in the packet as well). Another version is shown below:

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Another way I target categories is sorting. Sorting, sorting, sorting! I have included one of the pages shown below for each category targeted in the packet. If you want the task more difficult, increase the number of category options for sorting. There is also a sentence strip at the bottom to help your students verbalize the name of the category in a complete sentence!

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One thing I should note is that the way you use this packet is flexible! You can print, laminate, and Velcro the pages shown above and reuse the icon cards. OR, you can use these activities as “cut and glue” activities. The option is yours! Because I’ve been swamped lately, I’ve been doing mostly cut and glue type activities but hope to laminate and Velcro some sections when I have a chance!

Once your students can do the previous 2 activities for categories, I would recommend moving onto the worksheet section. These worksheets all include icons to glue in the boxes on the right side so you can always make these activities receptive!

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—Color

Next up after identifying the category is identifying the color. Many of my kiddos halt after learning the category and have trouble understanding that an item can be described using a huge variety of words. That’s why I like to introduce describing the color second. It’s easy to understand, but solidifies the concept of describing these items in many ways.

Again, I’ve included various visuals and sorting pages.

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Then, once again, I like to use the worksheets at the end of the “color unit” to make sure my students have mastered this topic.

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—Size

From my experience, teaching our students to label the size of items shown in picture can be tricky! I think this is often because objects look the same size in pictures. Think of two pictures, one of an elephant and one of a frog. The elephant and frog are probably similarly sized in the pictures, and we all use our world knowledge and experience to remember that elephants are, in fact, much larger than frogs. Because of this tricky topic, I attempted to include a wider variety of worksheets and visuals in this section.

This visual is the most basic, used for identifying whether something is big or small:

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But we all know not all items can be described as simply big or small. For describing the size in more detail, I’ve provided the following visual that challenges your students to think of items that are bigger than or smaller than the item being described:

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As with the other sections, I’ve included sorting pages like the one below:

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And more sorting pages where you can have your students sort 5 items by their size, with the biggest ones on top and the smallest ones on the bottom:

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Last, I’ve included the same style worksheets as in the other sections, targeting just big and small:

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—Location

Next up is location! Below is an example of one of the extra visuals included in this section, for describing items you can find in a house:

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And below is an example of a location worksheet AND the icons I include for said worksheets. These icons are included for each section’s worksheets so you can make them receptive if desired. The first row in the icon page corresponds with the worksheet shown.

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—Parts

The last topic targeted in this packet is parts. By now, you’ve seen many examples of the types of visuals included. Here is an example of one for describing the parts on various items:

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Aaaand an example of a worksheet for the parts section:

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—Putting It All Together

 The last section of this packet is great for discriminating parts vs location vs color etc…. I’ve included visual cards:

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Three mini books that take you through each topic (location, size, color, category, parts) to reinforce the idea of describing items in multiple ways. As with everything in this packet, visuals are included to help comprehension:

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Last, I’ve included worksheets with everything put together:

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Additionally, the packet includes 110 icon sized cards, perfect for describing AND cut & glue activities. Below are some examples:

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Below is a picture of the product “in action” with my EET:

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I love, love, love using this packet with my EET cards. It is perfect for those kiddos who need a little more visual supports than the EET provides.

Wanna check this product out? Click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!!

Have any questions? As always, feel free to email me at speechymusings@gmail.com anytime!

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