This activity is ideal for students working on pronouns he, she, they, and it. You could also use this activity to target pronouns him, her, and them - just change up the delivery a bit.
I introduce the activity to my students by explaining that these students (the pronouns on the backpacks) have items in their backpacks, and we need to figure out who has what object. I like to make them giggle by asking if they have ever had a _____ in their backpack. Most of the time they get silly objects like an elephant or a monkey, so they often laugh and deny that they have ever had a monkey/elephant/etc. in their backpack.
The download includes:
★ Four backpack visuals - one with a girl, one with a boy, one with two people, and one with a cat (for the "it" pronoun).
★ 45 object pictures perfect for describing, labeling, categorizing, etc.
★ A sentence strip including the pronouns he, she, they, and it along with the verbs "have" and "has". This sentence strip is useful for grammar/syntax goals.
★ Note: You will need to supply your own small square tissue box.
Note: The following directions are included in the download.
★ Print and laminate all materials.
★ Cut out and tape/glue the four backpack pictures on each side of one small, square tissue box. Do not put the pictures on four separate tissue boxes, but all backpack pictures on one tissue box and simply turn the box to the desired pronoun (see the picture on the title page as an example).
★ Cut out all of the object pictures (pages 9-11), place Velcro on the back of each object picture if desired, and place the pictures inside the box.
★ Cut out the people pictures (page 8) and glue/tape them onto a laminated file folder.
★ Cut out the sentence strip and place Velcro on the back of the words if desired.
How to Use:
★ Place the object pictures in the tissue box.
★ Turn to the correct pronoun side that the student needs to work on (he, she, they, and it). The backpack with the girl on the top is the “she” backpack and so forth.
★ Have the student pick one picture from the box.
★ The student should look at the the backpack (to determine the correct pronoun) and answer the question, “What does the student have in the backpack?”. The student should say something similar to,
“he has a _______”.
★ If the student needs help with increasing MLU or using full sentences (appropriate grammar/syntax/etc.), use the sentence strip on the last page.
★ Then, the student can attach the picture of the object under the correct person on the file folder via Velcro, categorize/describe the object, etc.
★ Continue in this manner until all of the pictures are gone! Keep track of each student’s correct responses, and the student with the most correct answers at the end wins (if playing with a winner).
★ For example, if the student selects an orange from the “she” side of the box, then the student would say, “She has an orange”. Then the student should Velcro the picture of the orange under the girl on the file folder/describe the picture/categorize the object accordingly/etc. depending on the language goals of each of your students.
You can also use the object pictures to target describing, categorizing, or labeling goals.
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