Strategy

Visual Cue Cards

Visual Reminders, Picture Prompts

UDL 1.1

A cue card is a visual reminder of a specific social skill, classroom rule or appropriate behavior that the teacher has taught and expects the students to demonstrate during academic and non-academic times throughout the school day. Once a student or group of students has learned the skill or rule related to the cue card, the teacher may use the it as a non-verbal reminder to students of how to behave or complete a task. Visual cue cards can also be available for self-monitoring and supporting a student with using calming strategies for de-escalation or requesting time away from classroom activities.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Visual Aid

Behavior Expectations: Visual Cue Cards

A collection of visual cue cards for classroom expectations and routines. The cards provide visual cues that can stand alone or be accompanied with verbal or physical prompts to assist in independent skill development.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Visual Aid

Student Communication: Visual Cue Cards

A collection of visual cue cards for students to develop and use communication skills. The cards provide visual cues that can stand alone or be accompanied with verbal or physical prompts to assist in independent language skill development.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 1 pages


Visual Aid

Classroom Management: Visual Reminder Strips

A collection of visual cue reminder strips for developing classroom expectations and routines. This collection also includes blank reminder strips to create your own visual routines.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Posters

Visual Posters for Classroom Managment

A collection of poster sized visual cue cards for classroom management. The cards provide visual cues that can stand alone or be accompanied with verbal or physical prompts to assist in independent skill development.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 3 pages


Picture Icons

Picture Choices: Classroom Activities

A collection of full-color icons to represent various classroom activities. Laminate and use individually for visual schedules, first-then charts, or as labels. Blank template is also included.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Visual Aid

Blank Visual Cue Cards

Blank visual cue cards that can be used to develop individualized prompts for behavior, routine development, and communication. Carry cards on a key-ring for immediate access when prompting students.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages


Implementation Tips

Consistency
Once you have established the skills and cue cards that you are planning to emphasize in the classroom or for a particular student, be consistent with using the cards as reminders or prompts. When the students have learned the skills to a degree of proficiency, you can always focus on other skills and add new cue cards.
Student Engagement
Some learners do not respond as well to verbal cues or reminders. Having visual cue cards will help to reach the students who may need the extra visual support. Including a snapshot of a student or group of students in your classroom demonstrating the desired skill as part of the cue card helps increase the students' level of involvement and ownership of learning and practicing the skill.
Self-Coaching
For self-coaching, visual cue cards can be an excellent way to support learners in independently using the strategy during stressful times such as with self-coaching when reminding themselves to "Relax and Breathe" having a visual picture of an ocean with a mantra "Relax and Breathe" near the student's desk.

Examples

Raising Hands
Instead of verbally reminding the students in class to raise their hands prior to speaking, the teacher holds up the cue card to prompt the students to raise their hands. This reduces any verbal reinforcement and gives the students an opportunity to correct their actions.
Conversational Turn-Taking
A student is learning how to take turns while engaged in a conversation. The student has a cue card that has “my turn” written on one side and “your turn” written on the other side,with a picture of himself on the “my turn” side and a basic picture of a person on the other side. When the student is talking, the “my turn” side is faced up. When he is finished sharing, he turns the cue card to “your turn” and listens to his conversational partner until the cue card is flipped again.
Giving Compliments
Students in a classroom are practicing encouraging each other during group activities by giving compliments. The students have learned what a compliment is and how to give compliments to others. Prior to the group activities, the teacher reminds the students to give compliments and has a monitor in each group responsible for the cue card reminder for giving compliments. The monitor may hold up the card at her discretion when she notices that a compliment has been given or during times when there haven't been many compliments within the group.
Taking a Break
Student has a visual cue card available with a visual break sign that serves as a reminder to take a break when feeling frustrated or anxious. The student uses the card to request a break and take some time in the calming space in the classroom.
Student with Autism
Visual Cue Cards can be used to label a classroom work areas, teach behavior expectations, for task analysis, and even for instruction for students with Autism. A teacher can have various behavioral prompts and cues represented visually and held on a key ring. When the student requires a prompt or is given an instruction, verbal and visual reinforcement can be given. For example, student needs to line up, teacher gives verbal prompt "line up", shows visual cue card of student lining up, then models or provides physical prompt if necessary.

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