The Spark Sequencing Cards are designed to encourage children to observe picture details and to improve their picture interpretation skills. Each set includes 8 story with 6 cards in each set. The cards can be used to enhance the ability of children to retell stories, sequence pictures, problem-solve, as well as prompts for 'wh' questions. Each picture scene is illustrated specifically to target higher levels of thinking and to improve proficiency in problem-solving, responding to 'why' and 'how' questions, analyzing and comparing, inferring and predicting, and reasoning skills. Each box contains an answer key with a question guide for each picture. Durable, high-quality, colorful 4.5" x 4.5" pictures.
Ages: 4 and up.
How to Use It: The individual picture cards can be used on their own or as a complete picture scene set to target many language goals including sentence formation, use of nouns, verbs and verb tenses, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, temporal concepts, main idea, exposure to basic concepts, and more. Create your own ideas or try these activities:
Articulation: Circle objects with target sounds in the picture scenes. Practice the words or phrases. Have the child tell a story about the scenes.
Expressive Language Activities:
Vocabulary Building: Label basic vocabulary words and objects in pictures. Describe, categorize and expound on the concepts.
Sentence Structure: Formulate a sentence for each picture card. Give the child a word to use to formulate sentences. Work on increasing MLU by increasing the length and complexity of the sentences.
Telling Narratives: Teach a child how to tell a story. Focus on story elements such as character, setting, plot, climax, and conflict. Have the child formulate sentences, use conjunctions and transitional words to tell the story in sequential order.
Main Idea: Have the child identify a title for a set of story cards and/or tell a main idea for each picture illustration.
Use of Pronouns: Circle the characters in the picture cards. Have the child practice using pronouns correctly when formulating sentences about the characters.
Verb Usage: Line up several cards and work on past, future tense verbs. Work on verbs, plurals, and irregular plurals while describing the picture cards and formulating sentences about them.
Receptive Language Activities:
Sequence It: Have the child set the cards up in the correct order using inferencing skills to infer the correct order of the cards.
Answering 'wh' Questions: Using the prompt cards, ask 'wh' questions such as 'who,' 'what,' 'when,' 'where,' 'why,' and ‘how.’
Emotions: Use a dry erase marker to make thinking bubbles and/or speech bubbles to illustrate what the characters might be thinking, saying, and feeling
Problem Solving: Work on cause and effect and possible solutions to solve the problems depicted in the picture
What's In The Box? Each set includes 8 story sets with 6 cards each and a high quality storage box.
Stories Included In Spark Sequencing Cards: Set 1
Going to the Library
Making a Lemonade Stand
Preparing for a Hurricane
Going to the Vet
A Trip to the Beach
Setting the Table
Stories Included In Spark Sequencing Cards: Set 2
Flying a Kite
Going Ice Skating
Painting a Room
Building an Igloo
Baking a Cake
Going to the Airport
A Trip to the Pet Store
These high quality cards are child friendly and made of strong card stock that resists tearing. Tip: Use a dry erase marker to highlight picture details while working with your child. Dry erase markings are easily erasable so cards can be used again and again.