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Duck! Rabbit!

Title: Duck! Rabbit!

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthan and Tom Lichtenheld
Age: preschool, early elementary
Description: A story of perspective. Is it a duck? Is a rabbit? It all depends on how you look at it!

Goals/Concepts:

  • Perspective Taking
  • Flexibility
  • Social Language Skills

Why I like this book: It’s a great model for perspective taking, fun illustrations, and kids love it. It always gets kids talking, and in social groups with each other (which is often the goal)!

Ideas for use:

  • It’s a great model when teaching kids about flexibility, and that everyone has different ideas.
  • A great compliment to Michelle Garcia Winner’s Unthinkable Program© (Social Thinking© ) when introducing “Rock Brain” (a character who is inflexible).
  • Draw an abstract shape (anything will do, oval, cloud shape, square, etc.) and make copies. Give to kids and have them turn the shape into something. See how many different ideas there are, and how there are no right answers. We all have different ideas in our head.
  • Great book to discuss tone of voice with early elementary kids and older. The dialogue in this story is great for modeling how we say things. Have students try the dialogue and try different tones of voice. Sarcastic, angry, friendly/joking….and different situations when that would be expected/unexpected (language from Social Thinking©).

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

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Toca Hair Salon Goes Social

by Karen S Head, MS, CCC-SLP

So last week in group with three 4 year-olds who are very ego-centric, we started off working on “bumping words” and ended up working on perspective-taking. Ah… perspective-taking…such a critical social skill and yet SO difficult to teach, especially to our youngest Social Adventurers.

But as I was saying, we started off our group by focusing on the concept of “bumping words” using a fantastic app, Toca Hair Salon. One of the group leaders, Meghan, told the kids that they could be the bosses and tell her what to do to the character receiving a hair treatment. As expected, the kids all started shouting ideas at the same time and Meghan tried to do all of the ideas at once with exaggerated looks of confusion and frustration. The drama caught the kid’s attention and the notion of “bumping words” was made a bit more clear.

So we were thrilled that this great little app was so helpful. Then we went to the gym and suggested that the kids might like to pretend to be different stations in a “Hair Salon.” These kids do not typically enjoy pretend/dramatic play (they are hiders and seekers), but they readily agreed and began taking turns being customers and then buzzers, blowers, colorers and growers of each other’s hair.
That’s when we realized that no matter what the “customer” asked for, the kids were doing their own ideas. In fact, one of the kids was quite clever, saying, “sorry, I’m out of orange” or “my blow dryer doesn’t blow hair up, only down.”

Then it hit us…this app provides a great activity for teaching perspective-taking. We explained that when you are the customer, you get what you want. When you are the hair stylist, you do what the customer says, not what you want. We went back to the iPad and practiced each of the roles and made a little bit of “head” way with this very tricky goal (pun intended )

Thank you Toca Boca

by Karen S Head, MS, CCC-SLP

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Paperbag Princess

Title: The Paper Bag Princess

Author: Robert Munsch

Age: Early Elementary

Description: This Story follows a princess whose life gets interrupted by a dragon.

Goals/Concepts:

• Narrative language-retelling

• Perspective taking

• Inferencing/Prediction

• Reading body language

Why I like this book: The ending is priceless. Every little girl and boy should read this book. Children love the illustrations and the way the princess tricks the dragon.

Ideas for use:
• Retelling- Follows the Story Grammar Marker framework well through Mindwingconcepts A clear “kick-off,” sequence of events, and resolution

•Try this from the princess’s point of view vs. the dragon’s, even the prince! Use “thinking bubbles” or even “Braidy” from the SGM listed above.

• There is lots of “trickery” in this story. Help students make guesses as to “why” the princess is acting like she is (i.e. Why is she complimenting the dragon who just burned down her castle and kidnapped the prince?) Have them think of ways that they have “tricked” others.

•The illustrations are amazing, and are great for pointing out various emotions (many of the “universal emotions”- happy, sad, mad, scared, surprised, disgusted). Have students imitate the pictures. Talk about how ALL of their body can show emotions, not just their face.

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

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Yum! Yuck!

Title: Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds

Author: Linda Sue Park, Julia Durango

Age: Preschool, Early Elementary

Description: This story shows single words/sounds that demonstrate emotion (i.e. yum!, yuck!, boo hoo!, etc.) in various foreign languages (i.e. Farsi, Danish, German, etc.), with the inside page showing the English word.

Goals/Concepts:

•Reading non-verbal language (i.e. How do you think they are feeling?)

•Inferencing/Predicting (Cover up English word, what do you think the word is? Why?)

•Speech production, early sound play

•Social Pragmatic (act out the body language, use the body clues, etc.)

Why I like this book? Kids love the illustrations, and learning words in other languages. Who doesn’t want to know how a sneeze sounds in Greek, “Ap-soo!”?

Ideas for use:

• Cover up the English word with post it notes, and have the kids collaborate and guess what the English word/sound is. They have to share with their friends “why” they think they are right.

• Act out the pictures, see if they can guess what the word is

Submitted by: Meghan Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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