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The Little Green Witch

Title:  The Little Green Witch

Author: Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Description: A play on the “Little Red Hen,” this story highlights a little green witch who does ALL the “unhousework” as her friends the ghost, the bat and the gremlin do little. They learn their lesson at the end of the story…

Goals:

  • Narrative
  • Sequencing
  • Vocabulary (fall, halloween)
  • Emotions (why are they feeling that way?)
  • Inferencing
  • Past Tense
  • /s/ blends

Why I like this book: It’s a “play” on the classic “The Little Red Hen,” which is another favorite of mine. I love the lesson of the story, and the humor is loved by all children.

Ideas for this book:

  • Have students retell the story identifying story grammar elements. I use with “Braidy” from  Mindwingconcepts, is there is a clear “kickoff,” and sequence of events
  • Great for sequencing as well. Have children retell the story using pictures from the story, incorporating “first, next, then, etc.” You photo copy pages of the story- and have students place in order, and take home to retell to their families
  • The story offers lots of fall, halloween vocabulary (pumpkins, witches, gremlins, bats, ghosts, etc.). Tie with Sara Smith’s Expanding Expression Tool and have children expand on the concepts. You can also use our Bag Game App and use the new fall and halloween pictures for description.
  • There are various emotions/states and emotional vocabulary used in the story (frustrated, lazy, disgusted, excited,  annoyed, etc.). Identify with students, and see if they can generate “why” characters feel that way. Can they “act” out the emotion? Can they identify a time in their life when they have felt that way?
  • The story offers opportunity for students to infer what might happen next. If she plants pumpkin seeds what will she need to do next? (water) After that? (pick) etc. The witch’s friends also NEVER help her. See if children can predict what they will do/say next? Can they see the pattern? Can the predict how the witch will feel?
  • Here is a free coloring page to go with the story provided by Charles Bridge Publishers: Coloring Page. Have students color, add descriptive words (use EET from above), generate their own story about a witch, etc.
  • Lots of examples of the past tense. The witch lists what she has done often (I carved. I planted. I watered. I cooked, etc.) Stress the “ed” ending, and encourage students to retell the witch’s actions.
  • There are numerous examples of /s/ blends throughout the story (scare, scooped, stirred, etc.) Encourage students to repeat your utterances, generate their own sentences using the stimuli, etc. Create picture cards that go along with the story to use for additional practice or home programming.

Submitted by; Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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Apple

Apple Farmer Annie (Ana cultiva manzanas)

Title:  Apple Farmer Annie

Author: Monica Wellington

Description: Annie is an apple farmer, and uses her apples for everything, from picking to cooking, to selling at a farmer’s market! Available in spanish and english all in one book.

Goals:

  • Vocabulary (Fall themed, curriculum)
  • Narrative (retelling, generating)

Why I like this book: A simple story that introduces fall themed vocabulary. Kids can usually relate to apple picking, so a good story for eliciting language.

Ideas for this book:

  • Introduce fall vocabulary with this story
  • Tie to curriculum vocabulary especially around various kinds of apples, planting, etc. There are so many “apple” activity websites on the web. Here are a couple I found: Apple vocabulary and activitiesApple Themed Ideas
  • A good story to generate a personal narrative about a child’s own experience going to the apple farm. Help students create their own story. You can use the Story Patch App to create, then send home to parents via email.
  • A simple sequential story to have children “retell” using pictures as support. Encourage temporal markers (first, then, next, after that, etc.)
  • For a slightly more complex narrative, or when introducing story grammar elements, tie to the Story Grammar Marker through Mindwingconcepts. I did this with a client who is new to “Braidy”….

 

 

 

 

  • Bring in real apples and incorporate some “compare and contrast” activities, tie to the EET (expanding expression tool) for creating semantic networks and description, categorization, etc.
  • Use apple for following directions (red apples, small apples. big apples, green apples). Have them put in, on, under, etc. varying the complexity of your directions.
  • The story is available  in both spanish and english (with a provided dictionary). Great for classrooms or students who speak Spanish, or are early spanish learners.

Submitted by; Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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