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    Matching Things That Are the Same

    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Lesson Plans

    Lesson Overview

    Students will use Stages Learning Memory game to practice matching things that are the same.


    • Identify things that are the same. 
    • Engage in turn taking when working with others.



    stages learning pet memory card game

    Matching Pair

    Teacher should take out 3-5 matching pairs. Start off by having students identify the different pets they see. Depending on student’s needs, teacher can provide label. After going through the different pets, have students identify the two cards that are alike. If student is having trouble repeat the process (over days or weeks). Do not move on to Memory game.


    If students are successful with identifying the cards that are alike, with the same 3-5 matching pairs, mix the cards up and turn them over. Model how students can only turn two cards over at a time. Teacher can provide additional support when needed.

    When students are ready increase the amount of cards. Make sure to have students identify the pet and matching pair prior to playing Memory. 

    Additional Information

    If working with multiple children, this is a great way to encourage collaboration and problem solving. Two heads are better then one in Memory! Encourage students to use each other’s names and take turns to flip over the cards.

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    Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Written by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Lindsey Dunn received her BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in literacy and teaching English as a second language. After graduating, she began teaching in an inclusive kindergarten setting in Katy Independent School District, a leader in educational technology implementation. During her time as a teacher, Lindsey worked on modifying various educational technologies to meet the range of needs of her younger learners. In 2013 she completed her Ed.M at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Technology, Innovation, and Education. Following her time at Harvard, she completed a graduate school fellowship with Education Pioneers, a program geared towards training leaders to transforms the education section. As an Education Pioneer Fellow, Lindsey worked with STEMscopes, a science curriculum publisher, based out of Rice University in Houston Texas. During her summer she facilitated over eighty-five prekindergarten through twelfth grade teachers through the training and development of a new curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Lindsey has also consulted with large educational publishers and video game designers on effective learning design.