A lesson plan bundle of activities centered around an Easter theme to promote expressive language development for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users as well as some verbal language impaired students. Lesson plan guides and activities focus on starting with small utterances and building language and overall mean length of utterance (MLU) through use of core words and fringe vocabulary (if desired). All activities can be adapted to use core vocabulary; I personally prefer a healthy mix of both core and fringe vocabulary for my higher functioning AAC users. Most activities can be simplified to a beginning communicator level and expanded to the context-dependent and emergent communicator levels.
Specific skills targeted in the bundle:
- Core vocabulary recognition
- Discrimination and use of the articles a versus an
- Discrimination and use of verbs is versus are for noun verb agreement.
- Use of plural marker -s
- Use of pronouns My versus Your
- Inside versus Outside concept discrimination and use
- Application of color and number modifiers
- Using of the conjunction and
- Asking the question "Do you have..."
- Turn-taking/Reciprocating during game play
- Adding Punctuation: periods and question marks
Activities not pictures in the sample thumbnails include:
1) a dice rolling game in which the student has to roll the dice, select a core vocab word written on a bunny within that number's column, locate the selected vocabulary word on a device, and potentially also use that target word in a phrase/sentence construction.
2) Easter Egg Hunt: 20 small square pictures provided to hide in plastic Easter eggs. The student selects two eggs, opens them up, and then identifies the conjunction "and" to combine the two words into a phrase (e.g., apple and egg).
Materials needed for several (not all ) of the activities: dice, markers, plastic Easter eggs.