My deep love of wordless picture books continues. This year, my favorite book of 2018 was Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell.
Wolf In the Snow by Matthew Cordell
Ages: Preschool through Middle School.
✍🏻Synopsis: A Wolf cub and a girl are lost in a snow storm. The girl travels far to help the wolf cub and that kindness is repaid by the wolves.
Intervention Targets: F And S-Blends, verbs, pronouns, narratives.
There is so much symbolism in this book, which makes is really easy to stretch activities to older students. For my preschoolers, I created a sensory bin. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Sensory bin materials:
Sugar and small marshmallows
When you’re creating your sensory bin, use what you already have in supply closet. With the sensory bin, I use story pieces to retell the story. We make up our own dialogue to match the story. Some of my youngest students are working on pronouns so we pair actions and sentences that include pronouns. We can work on following directions and use carrier phrases that include our speech sounds.
For my older students, I created a variety of companion activities in a Wordless Picture Book Companion.
I love to have the materials to support a wordless picture book on hand. it save me from making up target words and topics on the spot. The book companion includes resources for every goal. This is a black and white and low prep book companion meant for K to 6th grade. It features a lot of higher level language activities and could easily by used with middle schoolers as well. The companion is meant to give you an outline for instruction and structured practice. Clinicians should utilize their clinical skills to expand the lessons to meet each student’s specific goals.
Narrative Notes. Use this narrative note page to make notes while a student creates a story for the WLPB. Make notes for instruction. After instruction, use the same note sheet for a post assessment.
Figurative Language Cards. Use the three included figurative language cards as a poster or cut apart and practice matching the phrase to its meaning.
Vocab Level 1. Basic vocabulary cards. Use as a poster or cut apart and practice matching the word to the picture.
Vocab Level 2. Higher level vocabulary cards. Use as a poster or cut apart and practice matching the word to the picture.
Antonym Lists. Use as a poster or cut apart and practice matching the word to the picture.
Making Inferences. Use the inferencing probes on page 14 to reflect on inferences throughout the book. Complete the chart on page 15 with inferences from the text.
Fluency. Make up a sentence for a page in the book. Use a fluency enhancing strategy or stuttering modification strategy while reading the sentence.
Articulation Word List. This page contains initial, medial, and final position words for F, S, K, SH, R, L, S blends, and L blends.
Theme. Focus on the theme of the text using this worksheet. Themes for this text include curiosity, wonder, and more than meets the eye.
Critical Thinking. Utilize the question prompts to develop critical thinking skills in your students. If this is a targeted skill, create a debate and ask your students to defend their arguments in a writing prompt.
Dig Deep. Read the information about two topics related to the book. Answer the questions related to the non-fiction text.
Describing. Create descriptive sentences about the scenes in the book.
Write the Book. Use the two pages to create a story. Add dialogue with the speech bubbles. Cut these out and place them in the book. Two word banks are included with varying levels.
WH Questions. Answer the WH questions included. Utilize the text as a visual support if needed.
Watch the trailer. Scan the code with a QR reader and watch the movie trailer created by the publishing company. What do you notice that is different than the book?
Art. Use watercolors or colored pencils to create a scene from the book. Use the probes on page 28 to target specific skills and collect data.
Social Prompts. Cut the prompts apart and put them in a bowl. Take turns asking each other the included prompts.
Picture Walk Stems. Take a “picture walk” through the book and use the thinking stems included.
Sequencing. Cut apart and sequence the six story retell cards.
Book Pocket. Create a book pocket and glue it into the front of the book to store cards.
If you enjoy learning about picture books that you can use in speech therapy, follow my new Instagram account @SpeechRoomLibrary. I’m posting all my favorite books here throughout the entire year!
I’d love to hear about your other favorite wordless picture books. Leave a comment below so I can check them out!
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