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This pack was designed as a companion to the book Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes. Please note that this product does NOT include the story and you will need to purchase or borrow a copy in order to use it fully. If it isn't already a part of your collection, borrow a copy from the library or consider purchasing an affordable copy on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Wemberly-Worried-Kevin-Henkes/dp/0061857769). Oftentimes you can also find a reading of the story on YouTube or similar sites, but this is not guaranteed.
This companion pack is entirely grayscale for easy print and go therapy. This short story is a perfect selection for mixed articulation/language therapy groups. It has long been a go-to choice of mine for the beginning of the school year and for a compliment to feelings units for my prag groups. Although some activities do not require reading, most are designed for readers, grades 1-4.
The packet begins with an SLP guide, which serves as quick reference sheet highlighting possible. I recommend numbering the pages in your copy of the book to help keep track of where you are in relation to the targets on the guide. It also doubles as a data sheet for a few language targets you can hit on the fly: prediction/inference making, vocabulary, and prepositions. Thoughtfully designed student activities at the end of the packet extend the possibilities.
Page 1: Over 50 potential articulation targets from the text are listed on the SLP guide: /w/ (20), th (15), and /z/ (20).
Pages 2-4: Student BINGO boards feature words from the text containing each of the targeted sounds. These pages provide an engaging way to get the artic-only students in your group tuned in to the story while also maximizing repetitions in meaningful articulation drill. As you read the story, the students listen for the target words, cover them on the BINGO sheet, and then whisper practice.
Page 1: 15 prepositional phrases that could be used to describe the pictures are listed on the SLP guide with room for quick data tracking on up to 4 students. Ask the student, "Where is Wemberly?" on the indicated page number, or have the student participate quietly using the BINGO board.
Page 5: Like the articulation BINGO boards, the preposition board lists words/phrases that could be used to describe Wemberly's position in the story illustrations. The student whisper practices a sentence using the preposition and then covers the square (e.g., "Wemberly is behind her parents").
Page 1: 12 story specific questions to tap prediction and inference making skills are listed sequentially on the SLP guide. Students respond orally to these questions as you read the book together. Pause at the listed page number to ask the question, then record correct/incorrect responses of up to 4 students.
Page 1: 10 thoughtfully selected vocab words from the text are listed on the SLP guide, with room to record data for up to 4 students at pre-reading, in context, and post-reading intervals. Use your data to guide the selection of six targets for your students to log on their vocabulary pages.
Page 6: The vocab page lists nine activities to choose from in order to continue practicing the selected vocabulary at home (e.g., example/non-example, write in a sentence, act it out, etc.). Repeated exposures to vocabulary is essential for students to demonstrate ownership of new words.
Page 7: A graphic organizer is also provided in the student pages. The organizer jumpstarts summaries by including transitional words and phrases above the boxes provided for story events. For students needing more scaffolding, try a sequencing task before summarizing. The SLP pre-fills the boxes, cuts apart, and assists students with ordering the sequence of events.
Page 8: The character connection worksheet aligns nicely with the curriculum (making connections to the text) as well as common language goals (using rich vocabulary to describe character feelings, using complete sentences to explain reasoning). For an easy carryover activity, complete the top in group and send the bottom home for homework.
Page 9: Use the Venn diagram organizer to compare characters from the story. Alternatively, use it to compare self/group worries to Wemberly's worries. ***** Check out the Venn diagram by downloading the FREE preview! *****
Page 10: Wemberly's worries were adapted for this if/then matching game. This game targets use of the if/then structure and also promotes problem solving skills. Room is provided to add two sets based on the discussions you have with your group.
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