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We know how helpful it is for kids with language impairments to have access to visuals and opportunities for massed practice. And we know how hard it is to break down higher level language tasks (e.g., explaining predictions and inferences, forming cohesive summaries) into discrete steps. Oftentimes, students get so bogged down with the vocabulary from the get-go that they end up muddling through or just giving up on the task (e.g., whose cruel idea was it for "conclusion" and "solution" to sound so similar!?). I've created these "Language Recipe Cards" as a way to scaffold tricky language skills and provide students with visual support they can apply across content areas.
The pocket-sized cards target six key language skills:
1) Forming complete summaries using transition words
2) Comparing and contrasting
3) Explaining organized opinions
4) Using diversified vocabulary
5) Justifying predictions and inferences
6) Producing organized definitions of words
I recommend printing each set on a different color of paper and laminating for durability. The cards fit perfectly in index card storage boxes or on binder rings.
Use the cards as visual support whenever you are working on language skills in therapy - story activities are a perfect time to target higher-level language, as well as during short videos. Check out my store for a great companion pack for short films – Perfect for keeping all grade levels engaged! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SLP-Companion-for-Short-Films-Prediction-Inference-Vocab-2466422
Teachers love Language Recipe Cards too! Consider doing a couple whole group plug-in lessons to introduce the strategies and then leaving a couple sets behind for the class. Eventually, you want to teach the kids to be listening for certain key words and independently seek the visual support that they need to answer (e.g., "retell" = summary card).
Please note that I've created my own visuals for story elements. I’ve included a key for some explanation. Bonus – The key doubles as a great visual for the therapy room!
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