“In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming is one of my favorite spring books for speech therapy in preschool. You might think that with a caseload of all preschool, lesson planning is pretty easy! One level – one activity? I wish it was that easy! I’m planning for kiddos who are just turning 3 and non-verbal all the way up to kindergarteners who are in their last month of preschool. Here is a peak of what is in my rolling cart this week.
First, we made these Tall Tall Grass crafts that I first posted way back in 2012!
This year I grabbed google images for the real images instead of Boardmaker pictures.
We read the book back and looked for the animals in our grass!
The kids love the sentence strip at the top because they can ‘read’ it for each word.
My lower level students work best for ‘work’ tasks. They rock at putting things ‘in’ or helping ‘clean up’. The trick is to figure out how to harness that into a vocabulary task. I used some old easter grass and a bucket of bugs this week. We put the bugs into a bug catching container using nets, tweezers, and tongs.
Even some birds, ducks, and Lego men snuck into the bucket.
Verbal friends worked on labeling with single words. Nonverbal friends worked on core words with their AAC devices: out, more, in, me, you. Some friends used the Go Talk 9 loaded with animal words. This let them hear a model before attempting to verbalize.
We even sorted the animals into two groups! Wings and No Wings!
We paired these two activities with two interactive books out of my new Spring Interactive Book Set.
The catching bugs version is perfect to pair with the bucket of bugs!
I also made an IVB that is a companion to The Tall, Tall Grass!
The book starts backwards! Grass covers each page and then the children can remove the grass and place it on the icon bank on the right side.
Happy Spring! I hope you try some of these activities for one of my favorite books! What other ideas do you have for the grass?!
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