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This is a VISUAL SIDEKICK for the book: The Mitten by Jan Brett. (You will have to purchase the book separately)

Children with special needs often demonstrate difficulties during structured literacy activities in the following areas:
-attending to the book
-comprehending complex language within the book
-accurately responding to questions
-expanding length of utterance within responses and comments
-constructing sentences with appropriate syntax/grammar

Help your students focus on these goals using VISUAL SIDEKICKS
All the hard work is done for you already!

This resource includes:
*Communication board with all vocabulary categorized and color-coded using the Fitzgerald Key
*Color-coded picture symbols in Subject+Verb+Object sentences to highlight the important language and context within each page or pages of the book.

Cut out and tape the sentences to the appropriate
page(s) in the book. The symbols should be a perfect size to fit under clear packaging tape.

If you are using a smaller board book version, scale down the size of the symbols by decreasing the percentage in your print settings. 50% works well for small board books.

Point to the pictures to model language, simplify the story, and/or provide visual support for students to initiate comments and respond to questions throughout the book.

Try to model the same language on the corresponding communication board as well.

An additional copy can be made, laminated, and cut to allow students to match picture to picture with Velcro and interact while reading the book.

We have observed tremendous success with using our color-coded WH-question prompts while asking questions throughout the book.

Here is a link to our Color-Coded WH-Question Prompts
Color-coded WH-Question Prompts

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