Last time we met, we discussed the importance of helping our students/clients/children better understand objects’ functions by acting them out. Today we will delve into our next descriptive quality:
This one seems simple enough. When you ask a child to describe what something looks like, they can see a picture of the object and just describe what they see, correct? Yes and no. From my experience, children with language difficulties will often cling to one aspect of appearance, often color, to describe objects. Many times this is the only description of the appearance they will give.
In order to expand their vocabulary, I created an activity that helps them to describe more aspects of an object’s appearance than it’s color. Additionally, once they have picked which aspects best describe the object’s appearance and circled those aspects from the options provided, they can use the visual cues to formulate a complete sentence.
Check out the sample page below:
Let’s see how incorporating this new quality helps to enhance Suzy Speech’s paragraph:
I don’t know about you, but if my first-grader came home with a paragraph like this, I’d be pretty proud! And we’re not even finished yet!
So check out Description Detectives, let me know what you think, and stay tuned for Expanding Language: Composition.
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