This packet was created as a companion to the book: Are You a Horse, by: Andy Rash. Included in this packet are activities that target sequencing, story retell, comprehension, basic language concepts, following directions, vocabulary, written expression, and more. The activities in this packet were created by Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP (The Speech Bucket
Page 1 – Cover Page
Pages 2 – 9 target story sequencing, story retell, and identifying story elements. The larger pictures (pages 2 - 4) can be used for a classroom story board, or for individual students. The smaller pictures (pages 5 - 7) are included on a worksheet. The students can cut them out, sequence the story at the top, re-tell it, and take it home. Parents love to hear and see the story that you read with their kids during school! Page 8 can be used for identification and discussion of story elements, then page 9 (story frames) can be used for summary and re-tell (beginning, middle, end).
Pages 10 – 11 target story comprehension (and identifying the types of questions being asked - what, where, who, how). The first set (page 8) asks a variety of questions without picture supports for responses. So students must think of the responses on their own (or look back in the book). The second set (page 9) was made with picture supports. Each question has a choice of three responses (1 correct; 2 foil).
Pages 12 – 17 target picture identification and matching. Name (or receptively find) the characters on the first page (page 12) then cut out the pictures on the second page (page 13) and glue to the match on the previous page. Pages 14 and 15 include the same pictures to match, however it was created with early readers in mind – match by picture and written name. On page 16, the characters are listed by their printed name only. Students find the matching picture (page 17), cut out, and glue it to the correct name on the first page (page 16).
Pages 18 – 19 target categories and negation – find all of the horse. Which animals are horses, which animals are NOT horses? There are two copies included. The first page was created in full color, the other in black and white for colorless printing.
Pages 20 – 25 target prepositions, and sentence completion tasks. The first page asks, “Where is Cowboy Roy?” There are two pictures (a horse and a cowboy), cut out each picture and give your student’s auditory directions to follow (e.g., move Roy around the horse, put Roy on the horse, etc...); on pages 21 - 25, the students are asked, “Where is the saddle?” Targeting ‘on’ the students build a complete sentence using ‘on’ - The saddle is on the horse. These pages are differentiated, so they can be used with a variety of students working at different early reading levels. Page 25 also includes a space for writing the complete sentence.
Pages 26 – 27 are game boards. The first one targets following directions (If you land on__, do ___)). The second one is blank…use it for your own language and/or articulation targets!
Pages 28 – 29 are Roll and Covers (or roll and color). Use this activity for either language goals or articulation goals. Have your students roll the dice, and say their sound/word/sentence as they color each picture. With a small group – see who can cover all of their pictures first!
Page 30 targets auditory comprehension, categorization, and descriptive language. The student is given a few sentences describing an animal. They can then write the name or draw the animal in the space provided. There are 6 animal descriptions included.
Pages 31 – 33 target story vocabulary. Page 31 asks the student to match the word to its definition, page 32 asks the student to create a complete sentence for each vocabulary word listed, and page 33 asks the student to use the vocabulary words in a short story.
Pages 34 – 35 target oral and written language expression. On page 34 the student is given the following writing prompt: If I was on the hunt for a horse I would…; and on page 35 they are given the following writing prompt: If I had a horse I would name it…
Page 36 – Credits
Page 37 - TOU
Are You a Horse is another one of my favorite books to pull out during our cowboy themed weeks! For more info visit my blog at The Speech Bucket
** Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the publishers, authors, or book referenced above. A copy of the book, referenced above, must be purchased (or borrowed) to complete the activities in this packet**