Salient Features “Go Fish” Game, May 4, 2020

Tips, Tricks, Modifications and Strategies

Phase III: Salient Features “Go Fish” Game

May 4, 2020

Creating materials for students with CVI is always fun for me and I often wish I had more time to be creative.  During these days of self-quarantine, I finally have some time to create all of the materials and books that have been on my, “To Do” list.  I will be posting photos of materials, along with tips, tricks, modifications and strategies regarding materials created in the hope that you too will try your hand at making some unique, child-specific materials for your student or child.  When appropriate, I will offer templates and other materials for you to use, to complete the project as well.

For this post, I will be sharing my interpretation of an idea from the blog titled, “While You Are Home: Activities for Children With CVI” by Dr. Christine Roman.  In the blog, Dr. Roman suggests creating a. “salient features “go fish” game.  You are encouraged to read Dr. Roman’s blog first, so you will better understand how this activity might be used.  You can access this blog at Dr. Roman’s website cviresources and at Paths to Literacy;

What you will need to create this activity:

  • 5 to 7 sets of photos of the same subject. I used Dr. Roman’s suggested subjects for this demonstration; ducks, balls, shoes, hats, cats.  One photo of each set I made as an exact, realistic color photograph of that object or target.  The other 2D images in the set were black and white line drawings, color illustrations, etc.
  • If you choose to print your images, Office Depot Shipping Labels (8 ½ X 11 inches), or other premium full sheet shipping label *affiliate income
  • Solid color heavy card stock. I used a red 65# weight by Astrobright or use blank, 3” X 5” white index cards *affiliate income
  • A paper cutter (I use a Fiskars Paper cutter *affiliate income)
  • Optional: Corner rounding paper punch *affiliate income

To create this modified “go fish” game, you might begin by cutting your blank cards.  I cut my cards 2.75” X 4.25” in size.  I then used a corner rounding paper punch to make the corners of the cards look more professional (this step is entirely optional).  An easier choice would be to use precut, blank, 3” X 5” index cards.  You could make them a bit more “fancy” by using a corner rounding paper punch on the corners.

Once you have your blank cards ready to go, you can begin creating at least 5 to 7 sets of 2D pictures, each set being of the same subject.  I would choose your 5 to 7 subjects with consideration of subjects your student or child is knowledgeable about and possibly, that you have discussed in terms of each subject’s salient features.  Also make sure that you have a clear understanding of your students’ CVI Range score as you choose the type of 2D picture (color realistic photograph, color illustration, black and white illustration, black and white line drawing, etc.). You can collect your 2D images by cutting out simple magazine images, as suggested by Dr. Roman, or you can go to one of the free image download sites online to gather your images.

If you have gathered your images from magazines, glue them on to the face of your cards.  If you have gathered your images from the internet, arrange them on a word.doc and print them using 8.5” X 11” Shipping Labels in a high-quality color printer.  Cut out the individual images, peel off the backing and affix to the cards.

Pictured below, the complete collection of 5 sets; ducks, balls, cats, shoes, hats.

Pictured below, an example of a “hand’ of cards with the “Go Fish” stack in the background.

Pictured below, use of a 3D object (a hat) to review the salient features associated with that object, to better help the student recognize cards displaying this object.

Pictured below, use of a 3D object (a ball) to review the salient features associated with that object, to better help the student recognize cards displaying this object.

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