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Interactive Core Vocabulary Stories were designed to be used during large group instruction and presented on an Interactive White Board; however, I use them during individual therapy as well. I also send an electronic copy home to parents so my students can practice at home. The purpose of is to help children learn the meaning of a targeted word while teaching them where the icon is located on a communication board. The target word is used on each page, giving students plenty of opportunities to see how the word is used, to watch as an adult models the word, and/or to point to the word on his/her own board, on a classroom interactive board or on a computer touch screen.
I love using a Core Vocabulary approach because children are taught words that are useful in almost every setting, activity or circumstance and with all communication partners! The words used are powerful and allow children to express themselves in a few words at first, and eventually in simple sentences. My make it fun to practice these skills!
targets the word "want" by describing different kinds of cookies someone might "want" to eat and various activities someone might "want" to do with cookies. (i.e. I want to buy cookies. I want to make cookies.) On the first page, click anywhere on the page while reading the text. The icon for “want” will appear over the text for “want,” followed by pictures that depict the sentence. On the next page, you will see a digital version of the core vocabulary board. The correct word is highlighted in red. Start by selecting “want.” When it is selected, arrows will appear, directing the eye to the position of “want” on the board. Click again and the next slide will appear. The red highlighting around the target word will gradually disappear as the story nears the end. This process will help your students learn where they can find the word “want” on the board. Encourage your students to point to the target word on their own communication board after seeing it on the white board or computer screen. If you need a copy of a communication board, I offer them as a free download at my TPT store. You will find them at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sound-Advice-For-Kids. If you’re presenting this story to an entire class, take turns asking different students to activate the slides. If you’re presenting the story to an individual student, let him/her use a mouse or touchscreen to activate it. If your student is unable to use a mouse or touchscreen independently, you can use an alternative mouse or assist your student to activate the slide.
This product contains four versions: a 20, 30, 50 and 77-icon board. Each version presents the same story but with different communication boards. You can choose which board you want to use. The icons are masked, which means words that are not used on a particular board are hidden. They are "unmasked" when boards with more icons are selected. This keeps each icon in the same place as more icons are added to larger boards. When students are ready for more vocabulary, they won't have to relearn the location of words simply because they need more complexity. If you or your student are just starting to use this approach, I suggest you start with the 20-icon board. help students practice pointing to the target word over and over to reinforce motor memory in a fun and motivating way. Providing lots of repetition to learn where the target word is located will develop a student's motor memory. This in turn will increase the speed in which your student can access the word when needed.
I've used these stories in self-contained, functional life skills and inclusive classrooms. I typically use them during circle time activities when I'm introducing the target word to the entire class. When I'm not in the classroom, the special education or regular education teacher use them to reinforce what I've taught. The more familiar the students are with the story, the more they tend to participate! Typical peers enjoy these stories as much as the students with special needs, especially when they get to “act as the teacher” and model the word for everyone else.
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Four versions of I WANT COOKIES
Version 1 uses a masked core vocabulary board with 20 icons.
Version 2 uses a masked core vocabulary board with 30 icons.
Version 3 uses a masked core vocabulary board with 50 icons
Version 4 uses a masked core vocabulary board with 77 icons.
Keywords: core vocabulary, powerpoint presentations, interactive white boards, no prep, stories, first words, AAC, no print