The Way Back Home Speech and Language Book Companion. The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers is a cute little story about a boy who discovers an airplane in his closet and sets off into outer space only to land on the moon and meet an unexpected Martian who turns into a friend. The book companion targets a variety of speech and language skills, including the following activities (a mix of color and black & white):
Story map pg. 3 Use to retell the story. Print for each student or use in a sheet protector.
Describing worksheets (black & white) pgs. 4-8: Describe an astronaut, moon, Martian, flashlight, and plane. Write descriptive features for each Tier 1 vocabulary picture. Print for each student or use in a sheet protector with dry erase markers.
Articulation word lists pgs. 9-11: Words from the story targeting the following sounds in mixed positions in words: /sh, ch, j, th, k, g, f, v, s, z, l, r/ and /s/ blends. Use for auditory bombardment, drill practice, and writing words on the open ended articulation worksheet for home practice.
Open ended articulation worksheet with a space theme pg. 12
21 Regular Verbs and 15 Irregular verbs in yesterday, today, tomorrow strips pgs. 13-26: Print, cut, and laminate each strip. Have the student make a sentence with each verb in the past, present, and future tense.
Comparative and superlatives visual cue cards pg. 27 Target high, higher, highest; far, farther, farthest; small, smaller, smallest; near, nearer, nearest; and low, lower, lowest with these visual cards.
Subjective, objective, and possessive pronoun pgs. 28-31: Print and place pronoun pages in sheet protectors. Print, cut, and laminate small pictures. Use pictures with pronoun page sentences.
Subject/verb agreement (was/were & is/are) sentence strips with verb word cards & character pictures pgs. 32-34 Place was/were & is/are pages in sheet protectors. Print, cut, and laminate small word cards and character cards. Use verb cards and character cards in sentence strips.
Basic Concepts Grid pg. 35: Use grid to target basic concepts using chips or by marking location.
Talk Like a Martian open ended worksheet pg. 36: Draw pictures or write words depicting what a Martian would say to a human.
Venn Diagram pg. 36 Use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast the characters (boy and Martian). Print for each student or place in a sheet protector and use with a dry erase marker.
Roll & Color (or cover) Outer Space pg. 37 Use with tokens or crayons/markers and dice for reinforcement.
Pictophraphy/Stickwriting and sequencing worksheets pg. 39-41 Use for writing/drawing events from the story (3 & 6-part, plus 9-part pictography)
Space Invasion Reinforcement pgs. 42-47 Cut and laminate each card. Be the first to find the moon. Collect planets and pay special attention to rocket, UFO, astronaut, and alien cards. If you find the moon, you win!
Credits pg. 48
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