I apologize for my absence. Microsoft Word crashed on my computer, so I was trapped in material-creation limbo.
But now we’re back in action!
Per our plan, we are continuing with our Expanding Language activities series. Remember, the 7 qualities we are exploring include:
- “Anything Else”
So far, we’ve discussed helping our children and students explore Categories, Functions, and Appearances. Today, we will move on to:
We will guide our kiddos in understanding and describing composition, or what an object is made of.
The activity I created to do this is called Made Of Mystery.
In this activity our children and students again get to become detectives as they explore the different materials that objects are made of. I mean, what kid doesn’t want to become a super-spy?
Granted, this activity requires a little more preparation on your part than with previous activities I provided you. However, in my experience, this activity is TOTALLY WORTH IT! My students always LOVED it!
*Note: on the page describing Cells (“what plants, animals and people are made out of”) – if this idea is too “meta” (higher cognitive level) for your student, you can skip this page for now, or change it to this:
Plants are made out of Plant Material.
Animals and people are made out of Animal Material (OR) Skin.
As with describing the other qualities we’ve previously discussed, when our kids understand and describe what an object is made of, it helps to expand the dimensionality of their language.
Let’s revisit Suzy Speech. Currently, her paragraph about her favorite animal looks like this:
Now, after Suzy works with her speech therapist exploring and describing the composition of objects, her paragraph looks like this:
Hot DOG, Suzy! Look at you go! 😉
What do you think?? As always, try it out, and let me know!!
Until next time, when we’ll delve into Expanding Language: Parts! Happy teaching!
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