Can your students "stick" to the topic? This product contains 300 hundred comments/questions for 30 different topics. Each topic has 10 comments, seven that "stick" to the topic and three that do not. Students will determine which is which by sorting the comments. This activity lends itself to great discussions about maintaining topics and why certain comments "stick" to the topic while others do not. Continue the activity by having students come up with their own comment or question for each of the topics.
A visual is included to help introduce the skill. There is a color version as well as a black & white version, and blank pages are also included for topics and comments to individualize the activity as needed. Additionally, self-monitoring cards are included to help with carryover of the skill into conversation.
Directions: Page 3
Skill Visual (Keep A Conversation Going By "Sticking" To The Topic): Page 4
Topic Categories: Pages 5-9, Blank Page 10
Topic Comments: Pages 11-25, Blank Page 26
Cactus/Off-Topic Visuals: Pages 27-36, Color Pages 27-31, B&W Pages 32-36
Self-Monitoring cards: Pages 37-40
Print the skill visual (if using it), topic card(s), the corresponding comment page(s), a cactus board, and an off-topic page. The color version can be printed on cardstock and laminated for multiple uses or the black & white version can be used as a cut & paste activity.
Velcro, glue, or simply place the off-topic comment board under the cactus board. Choose a theme, then have the student cut out the comments and complete the activity. There are 10 comments/questions for each conversational topic. Seven of those “stick” to the topic and three do not. Continue the activity by having students come up with their own comment or question that “sticks” to the topic.
There are self-monitoring cards included for students to practice making comments and asking questions in conversation. The first board allows for one comment and one question – the student will check or “X” the box as they complete the task. The second board allows for up to five comments/questions.
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