Speech & Language Book Companion: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo

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Speech & Language Book Companion: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo

This packet is jammed and crammed with opportunities to increase language skills. I am using it with my speech/language pull-out and co-teaching groups across grade levels. It could be utilized by SLPs, teachers, parents, ELL teachers, for enrichment of younger students, as supportive learning for older students struggling with reading and language skills, during summer book clubs...the list goes on! Here are the details:


DEFINING VOCABULARY
Using memory strategies of repetition, visual cues, and key words, students are exposed to 13 target vocabulary words from The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Picture and word cards: Print for word wall, pocket chart, or to attach directly to the pages of the story. (I print two pages to a sheet to get a smaller size for the book)
•“The important thing about”: This repetitive structure becomes familiar to students and increases recall. I use this to pre-teach, teach, and re-teach. Words can be taught in smaller chunks by chapter as well. (Ch. 1 –problem, middle; Ch. 2 –school play, special, auditorium, important, kangaroo; Ch. 3 –busy, practice, costume, audience; Ch. 4 –care, share.) Slip into plastic page protectors and organize in a binder.
•Connect to self written response: Separated by chapter with a total of 13 words. Students read a sentence from the story then answer the writing prompt to connect the vocabulary and concepts to self. (For the student’s packet, I copy the vocabulary and comprehension questions for each chapter front/back to organize content by chapter)


VISUALIZING
Using drawing while visualizing concepts from The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo students will make connections to the text.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Students draw pictures to create a picture of Freddy with four situations and two emotions related to story events. This helps them make connections to text.


CHARACTER TRAITS
Explore the characters Freddy and Mike in The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo,.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Matching character traits: Differentiated to two levels. For each character, students choose 5 matching character traits from a word bank. They can write or cut/paste the answers. To look closer at each character, students choose inside and outside traits from the word bank.
•Read-a-long character chart: Students fill in chart for each character as they read. A good visual to see how characters develop as different events occur.


CATEGORIES

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Picture sort: Students sort pictures between the following categories: drink/food, money/used when sick, school/home, boy/girl. Use the sorting mats to sort between two or four categories. Can make a book or poster using any or all of the categories and items
•Category Cards: Present these cards in a variety of ways (in a box, scavenger hunt, magnetic spinner on the board, Go Fish, in teams, etc.). Students can generate answers orally or written.
•Generate lists: Students use category cards to generate a list of items in each of the stated categories. Written template provided.


SUMMARIZING
Using visual cues and memory strategies, students will summarize events from The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Students write sentences using the framework “Somebody Wanted But So Then”. Written template provided in two versions.
•Perspective taking: Using the familiar structure “Somebody Wanted But So Then”, students will summarize from the perspective of Freddy or Mike. Visual cards allow students to organize in various manners (booklet, sentence strip, poster, etc.)
•Blank Template: This allows students to draw and write a 5 part summary. They can use visuals from the other materials as a guide or put their own spin on it.


COMPARE & CONTRAST
Using descriptive language and a visual template, students learn how to make comparisons.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Describing items: students will describe Freddy & Mike using the characteristics of age, character traits, gender, and actions. Also describe kangaroo and boy using the characteristics of action, category, parts, and location. Student directions are written as first, next, last. Written template provided.
•Venn diagram: Using the descriptive template, they will then compare and contrast the two concepts using a Venn diagram


SEQUENCING
Using pictures and a visual template, students will sequence main ideas from each chapter of The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Chapter comic strip pages: Highlights from each chapter are presented visually with thought and speech bubbles. Students can combine all four pages to sequence the events. Connecting words provide structure to retell the story.
•Comic strip template: Students can use the template to sequence the story using their own pictures and words or sequence the pre-made strip.


PREDICTING
Learning how to use context clues to make guesses is an important skill that can be embedded throughout the reading of The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Prediction cards: Use these questions to guide your discussion before each chapter. Glue them in the book prior to each chapter to have them on hand at the right time.


ANSWERING QUESTONS
Organized by chapter, students will have an opportunity to access the comprehension questions through various methods.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Question board with visual answer choice cues: Separated by chapter, students will have 5 comprehension questions for each section of The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo. For students who need the extra support., the question board has visual cues for the type of WH question being asked as well as picture choices for answers.
•Question cards: Use these questions to guide your discussion after each chapter. Glue them in the book on the last page of each chapter to have them on hand at the right time. (These are the same questions as the question board, just in a different format)
•Written response form: Students write their answers to each of the questions. (These are the same questions as the question board, also organized by chapter).
•WH? Spinner: Attach a brad and paperclip to the center of this and use as an interactive game to answer the comprehension questions. You can also use on board with a magnetic spinner.


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
These thought-provoking questions help students think deeper about concepts covered throughout The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo.

•Mini anchor chart provides visual cues to teach this concept.
•Essential question cards: Use in a pocket chart, as magnets on the board, or as a part of a ticket in/ ticket out system. Two formats to meet your display needs.
•Written response: Students can use the template to answer the essential questions. This can be done individually, in pairs, or collectively as a group.


I know this is a lot of information to absorb. Feel free to email me with questions at emily@thespeechpathforkids.com or leave a question on the Q/A tab.

If you like this structure for teaching language skills within chapter books, you can find more here:  Speech & Language Book Companion: Freckle Juice

Copyright © 2015 Emily Richardson, M.S., CCC-SLP; thespeechpathforkids.com. All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy limited to single classroom use only.


Enjoy! Emily
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