Why Teach Opposites?
Teaching your student about opposites helps build their observation and analytical skills. It also expands their vocabulary, helping them to comprehend, retain and convey information.
Understanding opposites is a prerequisite for more advanced literacy and numeracy skills such as giving instructions and differentiating between large and small numbers.
There are 10 pairs of opposites included in this set and there are 4 images for each pair (eg 2 dirty and 2 clean images)
These categories are relevant to everyday life:
Two activity examples are described below.
This is a simple activity that requires the student to match an a pair of opposite flashcards when asked to do so.
Place 4 cards on the table.
Example: a dirty, small, open and many card
Hand the student a card that is the opposite to one of the cards on the table and ask the student to ” Match the opposite cards.”
The student is expected to match the ‘big’ card that has been handed to them with the ‘small’ card on the table.
Prompting for success
If the student is struggling, gently guide their hand to match the card they are holding with the correct card on the table and state the name of the pair (Say “Small is opposite to big”)
This is a simple activity that requires the student to name the opposite of a pair.
Show the student a card and ask them to name its opposite.
Example: Show a set of dirty boots and ask “What is the opposite to dirty?”
The student is expected to say “Clean.”
Prompting for success
If the student is struggling, gently provide them with the required response (Say “Clean”) and then ask them the same question. This time, wait for the student to respond to the question.
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