Classroom Activities to Encourage Social Language Development
It was a challenge to find a name for this page. It may change over time as I find out what ends up here. I found I needed a place to store the lesson plans for social language groups particularly in my life skills program.
In the past I have written about social pragmatic groups that I have met with describing weekly activity. I am finding that those blog entries are getting buried and harder to find. I also know that lesson planning for these groups is often very challenging especially if students have short attention spans and need movement to maintain interest. I decided to start a log for future reference.
This year I am doing social language activities with the counselor in two life skills classrooms. One classroom consists of mainly kindergarten to 2nd grade students and the other 3rd through 5th grade. Some of the members of the younger group have limited functional language. They benefit from activities that require turn taking, commenting, requesting, and staying with a group. They also need movement to stay engaged for any length of time.
This page is a work in progress so please check in later for additions.
Songs for transitions:
Songs and finger plays can be found at. http://kinderkorner.com/spiders.htmlYarn
Bug Preposition Lotto at The Talking Owl
November/ Turkey theme:
Snowman / Winter Theme
Don’t Fall Through the Ice : This is a marble version of the game.
Musical Penquins color version free at the TPT store
Feelings and Body Parts Theme
Make a free Leprechaun story for use with Leprechaun expression puppet
Expression puppet made with a toilet paper roll. When the roll is turned his facial expressions change.
Download for pattern is here. The Leprechaun comes from http://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/
Leprechaun poems at KinderKorner
Feelings Bingo Cards: The students really enjoy making the faces for others to find on their BINGO cards.
Baby Animals Theme
Bitsboard free app: Farm Animals Board for download. This app has a catalog of boards that can be downloaded and used in 7 different interactive activities such as photo touch, match up, pop quiz, true and false, word builder, and reader. click on the name to find out more about it.
Hatch A book that becomes a guessing game as students get clues and then try to guess what is in the egg. They lift the flaps and discover the right answer.
Planting activity: Plant Pals
Sid the Seed: an illustrated story with beautiful pictures
Beach / Fish Theme
The Grumpalump by sarah Hayes & Barbara Firth