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Teach Through Apps: Petting Zoo Comments Off on Teach Through Apps: Petting Zoo

Teach Through Apps: Petting Zoo

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Adjectives, Body Parts Identification, Describing Actions, FEATURED, Humor, Tacting, Wh Questions

Age level: Preschool, Early Elementary Description: This funny, unexpected cause and effect app from Fox and Sheep uses A mix of common objects and simple line drawings to provide opportunities for conversation and interaction. Created by Christoph Neimann, Petting Zoo engages young learners in unique ways and gets you laughing along with them. Skills & Modifications: Apps are challenging to modify because you aren’t able to change the  materials contained within the program. For this app, the only modications I make are (1) turn off the music or the volume and (2) I hold the iPad and allow the learner to manipulate the screen. This way I can easily block the learner from touching the screen again if he/she hasn’t yet responded to the questions I asked. Tacting (labelling) nouns, adjectives, and verbs – This is a great tool for practicing the skill of tacting because you can directly relate the new language to what happened when the learner touches the screen, and the screen does not change until the learner touches it again. This allows for time for your learner to respond at his/her own rate. If your learner is highly motivated by the app, touch the screen again to see what happens next acts as reinforcement for...

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Teach Through Books: CDB by William Steig Comments Off on Teach Through Books: CDB by William Steig

Teach Through Books: CDB by William Steig

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Critical Thinking, Humor, Peer Play

When I was eight years old, I discovered CDB! by William Steig. Now, twenty-plus years later, I return to it frequently with my students. Each page has a rudimentary illustration along with a set of letters. The student has to read the letters and refer to the picture to figure out what the letters are really “saying.”

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Teach Through Books: Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee Comments Off on Teach Through Books: Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee

Teach Through Books: Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Humor, Making Predictions, Picture Comprehension

This is yet another great book by Jon Agee. I’ve been a fan of Agee’s wordplay books for years. I can’t help falling in love with books such as Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp? And Other Oxymorons, Smart Feller Fart Smeller and Other Spoonerisms, or Palindromania! But I guess I’ll have to save those for another day, because…

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