Why Teach Go Togethers

Learning to match objects that go together (such as a bowl and spoon) is an important skill to master. It helps students to learn how to classify items and identify relationships between them.

Matching items helps a student to think critically and to practice problem solving skills. It is also an opportunity to practice visual discrimination, which is the ability to discern the similarities and differences between objects. Visual discrimination is a critical skill for many areas of learning, including reading.

Go Togethers Flashcards

What’s included

  • 40 clear and captivating cards
    To keep your student engaged

  • 20 matching pairs (eg sock/shoe, bucket/spade)
    Which means there’s plenty to teach

  • Set against a white background
    Which provides clarity and encourages your student to focus

  • A clear label on the reverse side of each card
    So you can stay on track with your teaching

  • A step by step activity guide that’s easy to use
    That encourages you to use the cards in a variety of ways

Teaching Targets

There are 20 pairs of related objects in this set. These objects are relevant to everyday life.

  • basketball/ring
  • bed/pillow
  • bike/helmet
  • bird/cage
  • bread/toaster
  • bowl/spoon
  • bucket/spade
  • Christmas tree/decorations
  • dog/dog food
  • fish/bowl
  • hair/hairbrush
  • key/lock
  • paper/scissors
  • paint/paintbrush
  • saucepan/lid
  • sock/shoe
  • stamp/envelope
  • table/chair
  • television/remote control
  • xylophone/sticks

Teaching Support

  • A step by step activities guide is included
    That gives focus and direction to your lessons

  • The activities are listed in order of complexity
    Starting with the easier ones will foster a feeling of success

  • Suitable for early through to more advanced learners
    So the way you use the cards can evolves as your student progresses

  • There are a variety of touching, sorting and saying activities
    This variety adds interest and will deepen you student’s understanding of go togethers

  • There are suggestions for how to generalise to everyday life
    The greatest success come with integrating the lessons learned into everyday life

Activity Examples

Two activity examples are described below.

  • Touching
  • Matching

About
This is a simple activity that requires the student to touch a matching flashcard when asked to do so.

How to
Place 4 cards on the table.
Example: the hairbrush, key, table and remote control cards
Show the student a corresponding card (eg the lock)
Ask the student to “Touch what goes with (card being held).”
Example: “Touch what goes with lock.”
The student is expected to touch the key.

Prompting for success
If the student is struggling, gently guide their hand to touch the correct card and state the name of the matching card (Say “Key”)

About
This is a simple activity that requires the student to match a range of flashcards with their matching card.

How to
Place 4 cards on the table.
Example: the helmet, saucepan, stamp and dog cards.
Hand the student the matching 4 cards
The student is expected to place the cards they are holding on top of the matching cards on the table.
So the bike would go on top of the helmet and the lid on top of the saucepan.

Prompting for success
If the student is struggling, gently guide their hand to place each card they are holding on top of the correct card on the table.

Free Download: Flashcard Activity Guides

Take the guess work out of how to use the cards by following our activity guides. With simple, step-by-step advice and helpful pictures, they’ve been designed so that you get the most out of the cards and out of each lesson with your student. Feel purposeful, organised and confident whilst you teach.

Go Togethers buying options

Purchase the Go Togethers flashcards separately or as part of a larger language pack.

Go Togethers Flashcards
Our single set option. There is one set of 40 Go Togethers cards in a single box and there are 20 sets of matching pairs. The complete list of pairs can be found here.

Language Flashcard Set
Our five sets in one box option. The five sets are Go Togethers, Categories, Emotions
Vol 1, Prepositions and Verbs Vol 1. There are dividers which carefully organise each set.

Language Flashcard Library
Our eight sets in one box option. The eight sets are Go Togethers, Categories, Emotions
Vol 1 and 2, Opposites, Prepositions and Verbs Vol 1 and 2. Buy this product and our Nouns Set to purchase our entire range.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding associations is important for enhancing a student’s logical reasoning skills, which means using systematic steps to arrive at a conclusion. Logical reasoning skills assist with making important decisions, discerning the truth, problem-solving, creating new ideas and setting achievable goals.

Here’s a few suggestions regarding how to use these flashcards:

Matching:
Place 4 to 6 flashcards on a table. Give another flashcard to the student and ask them to match it to its pair.

Naming the object and its association:
Show the student a flashcard and ask them to name the object in the image. Then ask them to name the item that goes with it. For example, if a student is shown the image of a pillow they are to say that “A bed goes with a pillow.”

Once your student has a good grasp of this set, here are a few suggestions to try:

Real-life examples:
Try using real-life objects, especially those that the student is familiar with. Place an array of 4 to 6 objects on a table (such as a paintbrush, bowl, sock and an envelope) and have its ‘go together’ on hand (eg paint, spoon, shoe and stamp). Pass one of the associated objects (eg the spoon) to the student and ask them to place it with the one it goes with on the table (eg the student is to place the spoon with the bowl)

Introduce new object pairs:
Gather object sets that are not included in the flashcard set (such as a toothbrush/toothpaste, plate/fork, swimsuit/goggles and coins/money box). Once again, ask the student to match an object handed to them with the one it ‘goes with’ on a table.