Suffixes that denote possessive nouns can be especially troublesome for speech and language delayed children. These animal puzzles provide a motivating activity to target possessive nouns that end with the speech sounds /s/, /z/, and /ez/. There are 8 puzzles for each morphological ending. As the students complete the puzzles, they practice saying sentences, such as “I found the cow’s tail.” This unit also includes a worksheet with word banks for students to practice writing possessive nouns.
Animal Puzzles can also target a variety of other speech and language skills including regular present tense verbs, questions forms, negation, and basic concepts (beginning, middle, end, first, last). Articulation students working on /s/ and /z/ can practice final consonant blends and final syllables within words and/or sentences. This activity can also be used as a reinforcer, for example after a certain number of responses the student can choose one puzzle piece. Animal Puzzles is an activity to use with all of your students!