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Make A Pair: Finding Matches

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

(10 minutes)
Make a PairMatch the Pictures
  • 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 PairsOf 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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