You know how much I love adapted and interactive books for teaching a variety of skills and to help in generalizing instruction from explicit instruction like discrete trials to a variety of other situations. I am working with a set of students who really need to work on all different facets of vocabulary, so I’ve been amping up my vocabulary-based activities. You may remember the freebie I posted a while back for identifying School Tools. This set of books is like those, only there are 3 of them and they are differentiated.
These books can be used with a variety of learners for basic clothing vocabulary in a variety of ways.
- They can be used in morning meeting and group story times as interactive books that reinforce these concepts. Read the story with the class, small group or individual student. Review the title, the front of the book and back of the book, and the author for teaching basic literacy. If you are reading for a group activity, have each student be responsible for finding the item on a different page. For instance, if there are 5 students in the group, student 1 would complete page 1 and page 6. Student 2 would complete page 2 and page 7.
- They can also be used in discrete trials or PRT instruction 1-1 or in small groups to explicitly teach vocabulary. For explicit instruction, presenting the tasks in a sequential order will facilitate learning using reinforcement for correct responding. The books are set up so that teachers can use errorless teaching, to prevent errors, or error correction as is appropriate for the students. Within the packet is a sequence of steps for teaching the skill in discrete trials as well as a data sheet for tracking progress.
- Finally, once mastered, these books can easily be placed in a student’s independent work tasks and they can practice the receptive vocabulary they have mastered to maintain it.
Potential IEP Goals:
_______ will use a sequential speech-generating device to participate in reading a book by hitting the switch at appropriate times to read the page with 90% accuracy.
Given adaptations like page fluffers, _______ will turn the page with the teacher’s cue with 100% accuracy.
Given visual supports of pictures on the page, _____ will participate in reading a book by moving a designated picture to a spot indicated by the teacher with 100% accuracy.
Given visual supports, ____ will participate in story time by waiting his turn and completing the task in an adapted book when called on by the teacher with 100% accuracy.
As you can tell and as I said at the beginning, I love adapted books. There are just so many things you can do with them. I’ll be back with more ideas for teaching vocabulary as well as more interactive books. If you have any special requests for vocabulary focuses, please give me a shout in the comments or on Facebook.
Until next time,