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