Make A Pair: Finding Matches
Students will be able to match pairs of items that belong together.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Call students together as a group and ask them if they have ever played the memory game.
- For students who have never played this game previously, quickly demonstrate how the game is played by turning over matching pairs of cards.
- Explain to your students that today they are going to play this game using pairs of items, or items that go together.
- Ask your students to look at the following pictures taped to the flip chart or whiteboard: a dog, a bone, shoes, socks, a cage, and a hamster.
- Ask students which items make a pair. Students should match a dog to a bone, shoes to socks, and a hamster to a cage.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- From the front of the classroom, place six pairs of cards on the flip chart or whiteboard.
- Place the cards face down in four rows and three columns.
- Ask a student to come to the board and select 2 cards.
- Ask the students if the 2 cards make a pair.
- If the 2 cards do not make a pair, then return the cards to the board.
- Ask another student to come to the board and make a selection.
- Continue this game until all six pairs are matched.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Place the students in even groups to work.
- Give each group 6 pairs of cards. Place them face down in four rows with three columns.
- Ask students to take turns turning over two cards to make a pair. For example, the fish pairs with the fish bowl, and the water pot pairs with the flowers.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give the students the Make a Pair worksheet and a pencil.
- Read the instructions from the worksheet to the students.
- Give students time to cut out the pictures and paste them in the correct spaces.
- Collect the worksheets for grading.
- Enrichment: Give your students the Match the Pictures worksheet to complete.
- Support: Have your students pair up the flashcards that you used earlier in the lesson, and ask them to give you a reason for why they match. Review these until they can transfer the knowledge to another pair.
Related Books and/or Media
- GAME: Match the Opposites
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Walk around the room and monitor the students as they play the game.
- Give assistance where needed, and help students with reasoning skills.
- Ask your students to explain how they concluded that certain pairs were matches.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Call the students together as a group.
- Ask the students to share one new pair that they discovered today.
- Review the Make a Pair worksheet with the class.