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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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