Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto is a beautifully illustrated story that is perfect for the winter months. You provide the book and this product provides you with a range of speech and language activities for all of your elementary groups. It could also be used in middle school special education classes. Lessons include no-prep activities as well as a variety of printable tasks and games. You select the activities that meet the varied needs of your students. Included in this comprehensive unit are data collection forms, assessments, and homework assignments. Every area of language is targeted and skills align with early elementary language arts standards.
Narrative lessons focus on character traits, story grammar, story retells, imagery, and the writing/telling of a parallel story.
Phonology lessons include phonological awareness tasks using the vocabulary from the book. Story vocabulary is also used for the practice of speech sounds and multisyllabic words.
Pragmatic (social communication) lessons address feelings, honesty, and stealing versus borrowing.
Semantic lessons target specific vocabulary from the book as well as a variety vocabulary-learning strategies. Activities are included for categorization, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and prefixes.
Syntax and morphology lessons include activities to work on pronouns, prepositions, adjectives, asking questions, regular and irregular verb tense, conjunctions, and before/after.
And finally, an expository text lesson about diamonds is also included.
With this unit, your lessons are planned for well over a month – perfect for this busy time of year. Your students will also benefit from learning their speech-language skills in a contextualized format that relates to classroom learning.