This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils who are learning vocabulary associated with plants and animals found in the desert. Amongst the items included are meerkat, cactus, snake, camel, eagle, tarantula, vulture.
Cut up the sheets into twenty-two separate cards and laminate the cards individually.
Pupils should look at the image on the left of the card and, if they are able to read, to match it to the word on the right of the card by using a clothes peg. Alternatively, the teacher/SNA/supporting adult could read the words to the pupil and ask them which word matches the image on the card.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but can match the desert plants and animals vocabulary. It is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
We frequently gave activities such as this for homework to our SEN pupils. It gave them the sense that they had homework like everyone else and it also allowed the parents to see what language topic we were currently working on.
This resource could also be used as an activity during Aistear for a desert topic.
It could also be completed by the pupil as an independent task in their work station.