PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

June 11, 2015 by - 4 Comments

PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci
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Karen Natoci is back with another wonderful book and plenty of ideas for AAC implementation. Enjoy!

PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

Book:  Over in the Garden, by Jennifer Ward, Illustrated by Kenneth J. SpenglerPrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

Core Vocabulary focus: LOOK, IT, LIKE, NOT LIKE, IN, UH-OH OR OOPS.

Literacy Level:  Emergent

COMMUNICATION Matrix Level:  I-VII

Four Block focus:  Shared Reading and Working with Words (at the alphabet/rhyme level)

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PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

It is spring at our school in Michigan and everything is green and the plants are beginning to grow, fast!  I couldn’t wait to share my favorite book to sing:  Over in the Garden! We found the nearest plant, gathered a few plastic PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natocibugs, adapted the book with some cut out fringe words (each type of bug) and I sang into the microphone!  I decided to sing the book and play with sustaining certain words as you will see in this very short video.  The rhythm, rhyme and melody all served to increase engagement with these emergent literacy learners.    We read the story and paused at the end of the page to look at the plastic bug and place it in the garden. Each child had an opportunity to place the bug IN the garden!  After we finished the story, each student took turns using their communication systems to indicate whether or not they liked the story and to select their favorite bug. In one case, we darkened the background of the PODD 9-expanded to accommodate a vision and attention challenge.  Some students preferred using objects to indicate their favorite bug while other students were comfortable using their Go Talks or choice boards.  Two of the students in the classroom used partner assisted scanning to choose their favorite bug.http://praacticalaac.org/?wpfb_dl=188

PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

 

PrAACtically Reading: Over in the Garden with Karen Natoci

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4 Comments

  • Janine Kruger says:

    Hi

    I would really like help regarding communication for my Afrikaans CP daughter.

    Where do I start?

    Kind regards

  • Shannon says:

    I love this lesson. I am always looking for ideas like this one-they seem difficult to find. I teach a classroom of students with severe disabilities. I would love more ideas with books and AAC. I think my students will be very engaged in this lesson and am looking forward to trying it. Please send more:)

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Hi Shannon-Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. Karen has some GREAT ideas and shares a book-related post every month. You can search for those using her name. She has been VERY generous in sharing her materials here. 🙂

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