Get Kids Formulating with the Bag Game

Looking for a fun way to motivate kids to generate verbal descriptions?  Try pairing the Bag Game app with the EET (Expanding Expression Tool).  This can be fun for kids ages preschool through high school.  One student hides an object. She can choose from the over 100 pictures provided or can import her own picture.  If you want to use the EET Stimulus Cards, you can do that too! The student then has to use the EET frame (with or without the tangible tool) to describe the hidden object. The EET supports the student through the verbal description and reminds them to include such salient information as “What group is it in?”, “What do you do with it?”, “What does it look like?”, “What are it’s parts?”, “Where do you find it?”, etc. The teacher/therapist or other student then has to guess what it is and pinch to reveal.  Working on written language? Have the student write sentences or paragraphs describing what they hid while using the EET frame. Either way, pairing these tools together makes formulating fun :)

Working on auditory comprehension, auditory memory or reading comprehension? These tools are great for that too. When one student uses the EET to generate a description, the other child has an opportunity to practice active listening strategies, such as asking clarification questions or reauditorization. For written language, the reader is able to practice the use of “look backs” for salient cues.

Teachers can use these tools together for a fun way to introduce and practice new vocabulary, such as that associated with social studies or science themes. Once the teacher has uploaded the pictures associated with an astronomy lesson; for example, he can pass the iPad to a student who can hide a picture and describe it for the class using the EET frame. The one who guesses correctly gets to pinch to reveal and then describe the next vocabulary item.

Be sure to stay tuned for our weekly series on ways to use the Bag Game app! 20 Questions is only the beginning…

by Meghan Graham, MS, CCC-SLP


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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