Now that I am the teacher of 18 Special Education preschoolers, one of my biggest responsibilities is meeting IEP goals. To do this, I have mapped out all of the goals I need to cover, and focus on different ones throughout my days and weeks. Sometimes I work on teaching the concepts behind the goals, and sometimes I assess progress made on the goals.
One concept that is on several of my students’ IEPs is showing understanding of the concepts of “more and less”, as well as other size comparison concepts (longer/shorter, taller/shorter, higher/lower, etc.). While these are fairly easy concepts to work on throughout the day with various manipulatives and natural learning situations, I found that I needed an easy, all-in-one way to assess how much my students know/are learning about these concepts. As a result, I created some printable pictures to use for this purpose that are now in my Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook stores.
There are two sets of pictures. The first set is a “More & Less” set that has 14 pairs of matching pictures. One picture of the pair has more items, and one has less.
These pictures come in two sizes: a half-page size at 5.5″ x 8.5″, and a full-page size 8.5″ x 11″. I use and prefer the half-page size, since it makes a very handy book to carry around and use in the classroom.
When I put my More/Less pictures together, I assembled them so that the coordinating pictures face each other in the book. That way the student can see both of the pictures at the same time when they turned the page:
As I go through the pages with the student, I just ask about one concept (either “more” or “less”). Then when I go through the book a second time, I ask the other concept. (With the pages above, I ask, “Which field has more/less soccer players?”)
If I am using this book as a concept-teaching activity (as opposed to an assessment tool) I will have the students count the objects on each page, label them with the correct number and compare the amounts. Included in this printable set are some “How Many?” cards, as well as numeral cards up to 18.
The second type of pictures are “Size Comparisons” pictures. Unlike the More/Less book, it covers three different size comparison concepts. Out of the 20 different pictures, 7 cover longest/shortest, 10 cover tallest/shortest, and 3 cover highest/lowest. Each page of this book has a sentence printed on it with the two choices being assessed for that page. When I work with this book, I initially go through and ask only the first of the two choices on each page, and then the next time through I will ask the second choice on each page.
So, for the page above (and all the following pages in the book), I will just go through asking the first word of the two given in each sentence (in this case “longest”). Then the next time I go though the book I will ask the second choice in each sentence (“shortest”).
This helps me keep data about how the students answered. (I either count the number of correct answers as we go through, or I make quick tally marks on paper).
The “Size Comparisons” pictures also come in two sizes: a half-page size at 5.5″ x 8.5″, and a full-page size 8.5″ x 11″.
Hopefully this (or something similar) can help you in working with “more” and “less” concepts with the Little People that you teach!
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