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Dog Gone It - Evidence Based Irregular Verb Activities (Multi-Tiered Supports)

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Dog Gone It - Irregular Verbs

According to Dr. Brown's 14 grammatical morphemes, children in "Stage 3" (31-34 months of age) should begin using irregular past tense verbs. As many of us know, acquisition of irregular past tense verbs continue through the school-age years. This is especially true for students with language disorders.

This product was inspired by reading an article in one of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) journals.

"Children's Development of Irregular Past Tense Verb Forms"
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools

In Brown's (1973) classic studies of language development, he found that irregular past tense verbs developed rather early in the developmental sequence. Several other researchers have also noted this early development of irregular verb forms. However, other researchers and clinicians have suggested that irregular verbs continue developing much later into the school-age years. The purpose of this study was to gain a preliminary view of children's development of 49 irregular verbs. One hundred and twenty children between 3:0 and 9:0 were examined as they responded to a picture of the target verb with a sentence-completion task. It was found that some irregular verbs (e.g., hit) were correctly produced by the three year olds, but other irregulars (e.g., bent) were still not mastered by age 9. A preliminary order of development of the irregular verbs and possible clinical implications are offered.

Shipley, K. G., Maddox, M. A., & Driver, J. E. (1991, July). Children's Development of Irregular Past Tense Verb Forms. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 22, 115-122.

If you are an ASHA member, you can view the article for free by clicking HERE (just make sure you're logged into the ASHA website).

Dog Gone It contains irregular past tense verb targets referenced in the above article. It includes 2 LEVELS: Level 1 targets are, according to the above article, to be acquired from ages 6 and below, Level 2 targets, again referenced above, are to be acquired from ages 6 to 9.

The irregular past tense verb targets are presented in a "game" format to engage students. In total, I've included 6 different ways to administer ("play") this activity ("game").

Each level comes with multi-tiered levels of support: A foundational support, recognition support, and finally support leading to independent use ("acquisition").

Foundational Support
Consists of irregular past tense verb targets presented in "fill-in-the-blank" style. Students use context from a sentence and from an image provided on the target card (see examples in product preview).
This support level includes 2 card decks per level (total of 80 sentences).
NOTE: This support has a “game” style format option.

Recognition Support
Consists of irregular past tense verb targets presented in "sort/matching" style. Students have to "recognize" present tense verbs and their associated irregular past tense verb.
This support level includes sentence "follies". You may read the sentences to your students and they have to determine if the sentence you read is correct or incorrect.
NOTE: This support has a “game” style format option.

Use Support
Consists of irregular past tense verb targets presented in present tense only. Students have to name the associated irregular past tense verb independently and/or create a sentence using the correct present and irregular past tense verb conjugation.
NOTE: This support has a “game” style format option.

Dog Gone It also comes with data tracking sheets for both levels (all support levels too). The data tracking sheets make data collection easy while administering this activity.

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