Emerging Grammar Activity Increasing Mean Length of Utterance

Susan Berkowitz
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Are you working with students who are moving from single words into phrases? Looking for something that covers the stages of morphosyntactic development? This interactive resource is meant as a practice resource for building phrases and specific parts of speech with students who are nonverbal (using AAC) and/or minimally verbal, or who need practice with specific structures.


Precursor: label the shapes and objects

Level 1: label; article+label (a circle, the circle)

Level 2: label with “to be” verb; to be+article+label (is a circle)

Level 3: plural label; 1 word+s/es/ies (circles)

Level 4: plural label with “to be” verb; 2 words (are circles)

Level 5: add pronoun (it is a circle, they are circles)

Level 6: add adjectives (first color, then size)

Level 7: add pronoun-verb phrase (I see a circle, I have a circle)

Level 8: expand pronoun-verb phrases with plurals (He has circles)

Level 9: What? questions (What is it? What do you see? What does he have?)

Level 10: Where? questions (Where is it?) adds prepositions

Level 11: Conjunctions: (circle and square; a circle and a square, red circle and blue square)

There are:

☀ 30 1-word label cards

☀ 30 2-word article + label

☀ 36 3-word to be + article + label

☀ 30 1-word plural nouns

☀ 30 2-word to be + plural nouns

☀ 30 4-word pronoun+to be+article+nouns

☀ 30 3-word pronoun+to be+plural nouns

☀ 34 2-word adjective (color) + label

☀ 34 2-word adjective (size) + label

☀ 34 4-word personal pronoun+verb(see)+article+ noun

☀ 34 4-word personal pronoun+verb(have)+article+noun

☀ 30 3-word expand pronoun-verb phrases with plurals

☀ Wh-questions with the previous 30 cards

☀ Wh-questions with prepositions - 24 cards 1-word response

☀ Wh-questions with prepositions - 24 cards 3-word response

☀ 30 cards conjunctions (and) 3-word phrases; with and without articles

☀ 30 cards 5-word phrases pronoun+to be+article+label

☀ 30 cards 5-word phrases adjective+noun+conjunction+adjective+noun

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.


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