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I loved going to camp when I was little, so when I came across this clip art I had to use it. A lot of my students have goals for associations. And after spending more hours than I can count going over the new Common Core Standards they will be expected to be able to complete analogies by second grade. With, what to me seems like a huge shift in expectations, I needed to create something to start preparing my students.  This activity has 56 association cards and 48 analogy cards.

This activity starts by having students figure out how two words are related. They are given multiple choices at first, then the choices are taken away.  The goal is for students to be able to understand that items are connected/related/associated by a common element. 

There is a reference mat included for students to use. It states the most common areas of relation: category, function, appearance, material, parts, and location. If you have the Expanding Expression Tool this ties into the beads. 

After students have had some practice and understand that items can be associated using a common element they can use those new found skills to determine the association of the targeted item on the card. There are multiple choices and pictures to support students. You can also use the reference mat to help students. Students can earn cards by answering correctly, but watch out for poison ivy that can make you lose a turn. 

On to analogies! Analogies are difficulty for everyone so making sure that students understand that they are just like associations is important. Students start with multiple choices to complete the analogy and then the choices are removed. They are expected to stated how the items in the first part of the analogy are related before they complete the the second part.  Students can collect camping items as they complete analogies. The first to collect all the item wins!

With state testing right around the corner I want to make sure my students have a basic understanding of these concepts so that they won’t feel to overwhelmed. 

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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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