In November, I posted about our Animal Sorting Mats we were using as part of our biome study. Well, this spring, I updated these mats to include the following categories to sort animals by:
- nocturnal/diurnal animals
- migrating/hibernating/adapting animals
- seven different biomes
- six classes
These sorting mats are great multi-sensory tools as they target all three main learning styles. Auditory learners enjoy categorizing and sorting information. The full color photographs engage the visual learners and the hands on movement of pictures to mats will engage the tactile/kinesthetic learners. Additionally, sorting information into categories helps learners learn how to recognize patterns, which allows them to store information in their brain in an organized manner. This will aid them in their retrieval of the information when needed and help them recognize patterns when presented with new information in the future.
Depending on the skill level of the student, you may only want to set out 2-3 mats at a time with the corresponding animals. Written and pictorial clues are printed on each mat to help cue learners. Check Your Work charts are included so that children can be independent with this activity. Click here to purchase! Hope you enjoy!