I’ve been aiming to create more activity based lessons for my lower language students. With the help of some fun books, I’ve been somewhat successful…
We read through the book Peanut Butter and Jelly with visual and vocal augmentation from the Go Talk 9+. We wrapped. We rhymed. I may have occasionally banged on an imaginary bongo drum.
We sequenced how to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. I used sequencing strips from Hands-on Reading along with some realistic pictures I found on google images. The kids were able to use imaginary play skills to sequence and act out a familiar activity. They (tried to) narrate the events and practice additional language skills.
We practiced /p, b/ sounds and multi-syllabic words. We pretended to picnic. And a great time was had by all.
The only thing that could have made this activity better was if we could actually make the sandwiches with real ingredients. But no thanks for peanut allergies and food restrictions in the school, we had to “settle” for our imaginations.
And for the grand finale? Barney of course!