Since Spring is just around the corner and flowers and trees are starting to bloom, I decided to make a speech and language companion pack for 3 billy goats gruff. It is such a cute story about 3 goats who just want to go over to the green, lush meadow to eat and get fat! I know this book is geared towards younger children, but I found a way to use this story with older kids as well. I have a lot of 4th-6th graders who have articulation goals and are needing to work on generalizing their speech into more natural contexts. I thought we could do reader’s theater and have the students practice their speech while reading this story to one of my special education classrooms or one of the kindergarten classrooms. I even thought using reader’s theater may help a couple of my high functioning students on the autism spectrum work on changing their intonation during reading. You can also use this script to work on speech fluency with your students who stutter. Here is a link to a script for 3 Billy Goats Gruff Reader’s Theater. I started practicing with my older students last week and they loved it! They even asked me if they could take the script with them, so that they could practice at home (never thought I would hear, “Can I practice at home?”). Needless to say, I am having fun using this book across many of my groups.
I have included a lot of vocabulary activities that you can do with your students after reading the book. There are visual picture cards that you can hang around your room for the selected target vocabulary from the book. I also included a visual poster to work on naming “farm animals”.
I created a memory match up game to work on “farm” vocabulary. For younger children, you can put one set of pictures face up and have them correctly match the pictures. Older students can play memory. The student with the most matches wins. As they pick up cards you can ask them questions about the farm themed item such as “What do you see on a farm?”, “Which animals have two legs?”, “Where do horses live on the farm?”, etc.
I have also included pre-test and post-test sheets to see how the student has improved with their receptive and expressive vocabulary skills. Give the pre-test sheet prior to your unit and then after doing the vocabulary activities for a 2-4 week period, take post-test data. This is a great dynamic or RtI assessment tool and/or measurement of growth for IEP goals. There is also a short factual story about goats. You can use the story to help work on using context clues to figure out unfamiliar vocabulary. I have included a matching worksheet to determine the word meanings. This is a great extension activity for your older students whom you are doing reader’s theater with!
I have included a sheet with 20 comprehension questions, visual picture cards with the characters for story retell, a visual sequenced story poster for story retell and a book mark that has visuals for each of the story elements.
I usually go on pinterest to find ideas for making my own props, but this time, I thought of my own DIY project. It is FREE in my TPT store when you click on “preview” of my companion pack. Make your very own do it yourself bridge to work on basic concepts with the students! You can also have them retell the story using your cool bridge. See Page 23 for directions on making your bridge. Page 24-25 are props for this activity. You can have students practice over/under, on/off, above/below, in front/behind, next to, and near/far.
Many of my students who have phonological processing and articulation disorders are also struggling with their reading development in class. I created some phonological awareness activities that are meant to be quick oral exchanges between the teacher and student. This is a great warm up lesson to a larger lesson. The word family rhyme cards can be used to practice sorting word families, which is also working on reading. You can also take target words from the word families to explain their vocabulary meanings and the multiple meaning words such as “trip” and “bat”. Phonological awareness also helps with hearing the differences between sounds and may be used to help remediate phonology errors in students exhibiting a phonology processing disorder.
There is a board game to go along with the story that you can play as students are practicing their phonological awareness tasks, saying their articulation words and/or working on describing different farm animals. There is a list of all the words in the book that contain sounds for /k/ , /g/, /f/ , /v/, /r/, /r-blends/, /l/, /l-blends/.
This is what I will be using this week with many of my groups. It just in time for Spring as everything is starting to bloom and grow again! I hope you like my pack. If you want to grab a copy, check out my TPT store. Don’t forget to grab your FREEBIE DIY bridge in my preview. Since it is another “Maniac Monday”, comment below for a chance to win this pack. I will pick 2 winners tonight! Hope you all have a great week. Stay tuned for more fun posts this week to get you through Speechy March Madness!