What child doesn’t like dinosaurs, especially "Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She was Extinct" written by Mo Willems? This literature-based language unit covers a range of speech and language skills, so you will find something for all of your elementary groups. Lessons include no-prep activities as well as a variety of printable tasks and games. You select the activities that meet the varied needs of your students. Included in this comprehensive unit are data collection forms, assessments, and homework assignments. Every area of language is targeted and skills align with early elementary language arts standards.
Listening comprehension lessons target inferencing, visualizing, synthesizing, and summarizing. A read-aloud guide is included.
Narrative lessons focus on character traits, story grammar, story retells, time transition words, and guided writing of a parallel story.
Phonology lessons include phonological awareness tasks using the vocabulary from the book. Story vocabulary is also organized according to speech sounds. Additional activities focus on multi-syllabic words and the difficult /ks/ blend.
Pragmatic (social communication) lessons address nonverbal communication, showing kindness, perspective-taking, emotions, persuasion, giving directions, and conflict resolution. If you use Michelle Garcia Winner’s Superflex® curriculum, your students will enjoy comparing Rock Brain to Reginald.
Semantic lessons target specific vocabulary from the book as well as a variety of vocabulary-learning strategies. Activities are included for synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and negative prefixes.
Syntax and morphology lessons include activities to work on pronouns, prepositions, adjectives, asking questions, regular and irregular verb tense, conjunctions, and before/after.
And finally, expository text lessons are also included on dinosaurs and extinct animals.
With this unit, your lessons are planned for well over a month – perfect for those busy times of the year (which for many of us is all the time!). Your students will also benefit from learning their speech-language skills in a contextualized format that relates to classroom learning.
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