Max’s Words is a delightful picture book and a perfect way to excite your students about words and language. You can find it in most libraries or purchase it new or used from a variety of online sellers. I’ll be using Max’s Words: Literature-Based Language Lessons to start the school year and set a strong foundation for vocabulary and language learning. This unit covers a range of speech, language, and reading skills, so you will find something for all of your elementary groups. Lessons include no-prep activities as well as a variety of printables. You select the activities that meet the needs of your students.
Max’s Words: Literature-Based Language Lessons are organized according to the components of language, with the addition of sections for narrative language, listening comprehension, and expository text comprehension.
Listening comprehension lessons target making connections, questioning, visualization, context clues, and idioms. A detailed read aloud guide is provided.
Narrative lessons focus on character traits, story grammar, story retells, sentence building, and parallel story telling/writing (two book templates are included).
Phonology lessons include sentence building games for the following speech sounds: K/G, L, R, S/Z, SH/CH/J, and TH. A list of phonological awareness tasks using the vocabulary from the book is provided.
Pragmatic (social communication) lessons address nonverbal communication, polite language, sharing with peers, perspective-taking, and providing sufficient information.
Semantic lessons target specific vocabulary from the book as well as a variety of vocabulary-learning strategies, such as associations, antonyms, synonyms, and suffixes. Pictures representing the vocabulary words are included.
Syntax and morphology lessons include activities to work on pronouns, third-person present tense morphology, adjectives, negation, conjunctions, irregular verbs, prepositions, yes/no questions (verb inversion), embedding, and complex sentences.
Several lessons revolve around students building their own word collections, categorizing the words, learning parts of speech, building sentences with the words, and ultimately building stories.
Homework and assessment forms are also provided to round out this comprehensive unit.