This packet is a companion to the book, The Busy Little Squirrel, by: Nancy Tafuri. Included in this packet are activities that target sequencing, story retell and comprehension, basic language concepts, following directions, and more. The activities in this packet were created by Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP (thespeechbucket.blogspot.com).
Pages 2 – 4 target story sequencing. The larger pictures (pages 2 and 3) can be used for a classroom story board, or for individual students. The smaller pictures (page 4) are included on a worksheet. The students can cut them out, sequence the story at the top, re-tell it, and take it home. Parents love to hear and see the story that you read with their kids during school!
Pages 5 – 6 target story comprehension (and identifying the types of questions being asked - what, where, who, how). The first set (page 5) asks a variety of questions without picture supports for responses. So students must think of the responses on their own (or look back in the book). The second set (page 6) was made with picture supports. Each question has a choice of three responses (1 correct; 2 foil).
Pages 7 – 10 target picture identification and matching. Name (or receptively find) the animal on the first page (page 7) then cut out the pictures on the second page (page 8) and glue to the match on the previous page. On page 9, the animals are listed by name, find the matching picture (page 10) cut out and glue to the correct name on the first page (page 9).
Pages 11 – 14 target prepositions. These pages are differentiated, so you can target the same skill at different ability levels. Each page asks, “Where is Squirrel?” – on page 11 – there are two pictures (a tree and a squirrel) cut out each picture and give your students auditory directions to follow (e.g., move the squirrel around the tree, put the squirrel under the tress, etc..); on page 12, the student is given a choice of two picture responses (1 correct; 1 foil); on page 13 the student is given the choice of 3 prepositions to circle to complete a sentence; on page 14 the student is asked to fill in the correct preposition (by writing their response on the blank).
Page 15 – 16 are game boards. The first one targets picture identification and negation (food items or NOT food items?). The second one is blank…use it for your own language and/or articulation targets!
Pages 17 – 19 target identifying different food categories. What kinds of things would squirrel eat? Students have to cut out the pictures and sort the food items according to what squirrel is eating on that page (e.g., sweets, fruits, or vegetables).
Pages 20 – 21 target expressive language and written language for older students. Both pages ask the student to draw a picture and/or write a short story, given structured sentence starters.
This has always been one of my favorite sets to do in the fall. My kids love it, and I’m sure yours will too! If you’d like to see more pictures or get more information – visit my blog The Speech Bucket