Teach AAC Core Vocabulary with animated PowerPoint slides! Interactive Core Vocabulary Stories target core words using a core vocabulary communication board. 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. These stories were designed to be used during large group instruction and presented on an Interactive White Board; however, I also use them while working with children individually. I share them with parents so their children can practice using the board at home. The target word is used on each page, giving students plenty of opportunities to see how the word is used, watch as an adult models the word and/or point to the word on his/her own board, on a classroom white board or on a computer touch screen.
Four Interactive Core Vocabulary Stories targeting the words: Same, Different, I, My, Mine and Want
Everything's the Same
The Land of Different
That is Mine
I Want Cookies
Each story contains 2-4 versions of the same story but with different core vocabulary boards (21, 30, 50 or 77 icon boards), PLUS a version that contains the story without any communication boards. Use this board if you already have a core vocabulary board you enjoy or if you'd like to show the story without activating the animated communication boards.
Directions for Use at the end of each story
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 students’ motor memory. This in turn will increase the speed in which your student/child can access the word when needed. Encourage your students to point to the target word on their own board after seeing it on the computer screen. For more student involvement, take turns asking different students to "activate" the word on the interactive white board.
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.
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!
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Keywords: core vocabulary, PowerPoint presentations, interactive white boards, no prep, no print, stories, first words, AAC,nonverbal, language, language development, homework