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Visuals at your Fingertips

 

Tab and Flap Cards are templates that create picture cards to stack and attach on a ring or with a brad. When stacked, the tabs or flaps allow for easy retrival of specific pictures. These are wonderful for behavioral strategies such as rules, social skills, and schedules. They can also be used as curriculum supports such as a book of a nursery rhyme, classmates, reading strategies, or thematic vocabulary. Look for more great ideas in the sharing center - and share your own as well. 

Tabbed Cards have tabs with matching pictures on the side or at the bottom. 

Flap cards come in different lengths. Just align the cards at the top in sequential order. They will have a colored flap that sits just below the previous card. 

 

Behavior

These card make great visuals for behavior and social skills. Here are some ideas for behavior:

  • Wear behavior visuals on a lanyard or key ring and show when specific situations arise: walk, quite mouth, etc.
  • Review a set of cards that are accessible to the students on how to be a good friend 
  • Keep a set ready of feelings or how to manage strong emotions 

     

 

Literacy And Speech

These cards can be used during full group and story time or place a set in the book center. Here are some ideas:

  • Make a set of cards that contain specific vocabulary or characters from a story 
  • Create nursery rhymes or songs that students can use to retell the rhyme
  • Identify reading strategies such as decoding skills or comprehension checks 
  • Make sets of practice words for articulation 
  • List song titles for students can choose which song they would like to sing 
  • Make alphabet cards, laminate, and allow students to trace with dry erase markers or playdough

       

   

 

Math and Science

Create sets of cards to review math and science vocabulary. Place sets in centers as visual stratgies for learning. Here are some more math and science ideas: 

  • Math voabulary cards for referencing
  • Find the match: look for items around the room that match the card's vocabulary such as color, shape, or attribute 
  • Give cues to develop science experiments such as "is it magnetic?", "does it roll?", or "does it float?"
  • Place math strategies on quick reference cards 
  • Use photos of classmates and ask students to name their classmates
  • Place photos or symbols of famous scientists to discuss or research in the science center.