Curious George Visits the Zoo

Title: Curious George Visits the Zoo

Author: Margret Rey

Description: George gets into mischief again… and then saves the day again… in this relatively short episode of this classic series.

Goals/ objectives:
• Verbal description/ salience
• Inferencing/ Prediction
• Sequencing/ retelling
• Body language/ facial expression
• “Guessing” vs “knowing”

Why I like this story: It is a classic and it is great for acting out in a group.

Ideas for use:
• while reading the story aloud, hide the pages with animals on them and ask kids to guess what animals George visits by describing them before showing the page. The animals pictured are excellent for a lesson in salience (what is the most important thing about a giraffe, kangaroo, elephant?). Have kids take turns describing which animal George might see next.
• following the story, introduce a verbal description guessing game. For easy access to variety of objects presented by category, try our Bag Game app.
• using the picture clues given in the story, ask kids to guess what George might do when the Man with the Yellow Hat asks him to stay put.
• discuss the concepts of “guessing” vs “knowing”. Talk about why the picture clues lead to various “guesses” and why new information may lead to new guesses.
• the illustrations in this book are excellent for talking about facial expressions and body language and reasons for them.
• this is a great story for acting out or retelling either in individual sessions or in a group. For preschoolers, props can be provided to act out the sequence, while for K/1 kiddos, the simple story line offers a great opportunity to introduce Braidy, the Story Grammar Marker from Mindwing Concepts.

Submitted by Karen S Head MS CCC-SLP

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Perfect Square

Book: Perfect Square

Author: Michael Hall

Age: Preschool and School Age

Description: A perfect square gets cut and ripped and crumpled and discovers the wonders of transformation.


  • Flexibility
  • Ideation
  • Social Skills
  • Prediction based upon salient clues
  • Question Formulation
  • Verbal Description
Why I like this book: Great for discussion about flexibility and salience.  A great follow-up to our Not a Box activities.
Ideas for use: 
  • While reading this book, talk about the salient features that make up the new design.  Did it help to draw something to make it more obvious?  Why?
  • After reading the book, give kids their own paper (origami paper is best). Have them cut it, rip it, crumple it, or poke holes in it.  Encourage different shapes and sizes.  What can they turn it into? If struggling to come up with ideas, have them talk about the shapes they made.  What do those shapes remind them of?
  • In a group?  Have kids rip or cut the square and then pass the pieces to a friend.  Once everyone is done with their transformation, have them try to guess what each other created.  Remember, adding a few salient clues is a critical part of the exercise.
  • Great for modeling question formulation to gain further clues  (i.e. Is it a thing or a place?  What do you do with it?)
  • Great for verbal description (e.g., “first it was a box with four sides, now it is a garden with lots of orange flowers and long, thin stems. )
Submitted by: Karen S Head M.S. CCC-SLP

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