Make A Pair: Finding Matches

  • Preschool
  • Math
  • 60 minutes
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August 29, 2015
by D'Vonne White

Help your students master reasoning skills with this fun lesson! Students will use their knowledge to match tables to chairs and apples to apple trees.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to match pairs of items that belong together.

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Lesson

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.

Extend

Differentiation

  • 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.

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Review

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.

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