I recently updated one of my students’ goals to include following conditional directions. While working on it last week, I realized that he is capable of following them when I am speaking to just him, but when they are given in a group, he loses this ability. This prompted me to make my latest activity – Gingerbread Language pack!
In it, I target the following receptive and expressive skills:
following conditional directions
listening for details
listening for details
There are 6 different mats/gingerbread men to give to students. These can be duplicated if you have more than 6 students in your group.
Each gingerbread man has different buttons, eyes, noses, mouths, and other accessories. I also provide a list of conditional directions. Your options are certainly not limited to this list! You can make them easier or harder. I’ve included 2 steps in mine (i.e. “If your gingerbread man is holding 1 lollipop, clap your hands. If not, touch your nose.”). I’ve made all of the tasks involved non-verbal, so they can be done in a group and still maintain a level of composure among the group. If they all started singing their ABCs or counting to 10, it would get a little crazy!
These same mats can be used for describing. This can be done verbally or with the writing sheets provided. I have provided a blank version and a scaffolded version. These versions allow for different ability levels to participate in the same task. Can the other students guess which gingerbread man is being described? You could write the correct answer (a number) in the corner, cover it with a post-it, and write “Lift for Answer” on the post-it.
The next group of tasks involves listening for details and exclusionary listening. Print a mat of pictures for each student and laminate it. As you read the descriptions (out of order) and students must decide which gingerbread man is being described. They can use a dry-erase marker to cross out, using process of elimination to find out which gingerbread man you are describing. You could also decrease the field to make it less difficult.
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