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Matching Double Trouble


Students make connections between words, descriptions, and visuals.


  • Matching Double Trouble card set for each group
  • Matching Double Trouble template (English/Spanish)
  • Index cards (if students create their own card sets)


  1. Organize students into thinking partners.
  2. Provide each group with a set of cards that feature 5-10 vocabulary words. For each word, include a word card, a description card, and a visual card.
  3. Pairs collaborate to match the word cards to the description and visual cards, justifying their matches.
  4. Observe students’ thinking and clarify/verify as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Model how each word has a double match (a description and a visual).
  • Time Saver: Provide each group with a handout of the cards and let students cut the cards apart.
  • Time Saver: Have student groups create a Matching Double Trouble card set (words, descriptions, and visuals) for 3 vocabulary words. Groups trade cards and complete the activity with new words/cards.
  • Consider using the activity as a learning station.


  • Promote access by previewing the cards with a supportive peer/adult and by allowing a peer to read the text aloud.
  • Provide response support by allowing for speech-to-text or word prediction support if creating digital cards.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • Draw a conclusion about which word is most important and explain why.
    • How can you classify or categorize the words?
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.