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    Sunday, October 1, 2023

    Picture Book Communication and Comprehension Supports in the Special Education Classroom

    In my classroom, I used Unique Learning System for a majority of my curriculum. However, I found that I often wanted to supplement the stories with rich, authentic picture books. So my Picture Book Communication and Comprehension Supports units were born! 

    Not familiar with my picture book supports? They include:

    Communication Supports

    • Vocabulary Cards: to teach and assess targeted vocabulary (can also be used to create interactive games!)

    • Communication Board: to generate sentences about the story verbally or through velcro manipulatives
    • GoTalk 9+ AAC Board: formatted for use with GoTalk 9+

    Comprehension Supports

    • Differentiated Wh-Question Assessments: 3 leveled assessments (multiple choice pictures, multiple choice words/phrases, fill-in) for answering who, what, where, when, and why questions about the story.

    • Fill-in-the-Blank Sentences Worksheet: Cut-and-paste cloze sentences with picture choice options

    • Sequencing Worksheet: Picture-based cut-and-paste sequencing of story events

    IEP Supports

      • IEP Goal Ideas
        • Communication IEP Goal Ideas: for vocabulary and sentence-building goals
        • Comprehension Goal Ideas: for wh-questions, writing, sequencing, and higher-order thinking

      • Progress Monitoring:
        • Higher-Order Thinking Progress Monitoring: for recalling story elements (characters, setting, and events) and answering inferential and evaluative questions about the story 
        • Vocabulary Progress Monitoring Sheet: for receptive and expressive identification of story vocabulary and generalization
        • Sentence Building Progress Monitoring Sheet: for assessing sentence generation
        • Unit Report Card: Convenient data collection sheet for all unit activities to be used for grading and sharing with families

      • Implementation and Differentiation Tips: Do you have a diverse group of students this year? Don't worry! I have that covered too. Every activity in each of my picture book units includes ideas for accommodating and extending to meet your students' needs.

      Interested in implementing these Picture Book Communication and Comprehension Supports in your preschool, elementary, or special education classroom? Grab my BUNDLE and save 20%!

      The bundle includes 14 popular classroom favorites which integrate perfectly into thematic instruction. Don't have all of these books? No worries! You can use versions on YouTube, check them out from your school library, or head to your local library to see if they have a teacher program. In some locations the librarians will even gather the books for you! 

      The bundle also includes lesson plans that map out the year at a glance and provide guidance on monthly and/or weekly implementation of each unit. 

      What is your favorite picture book to read in your classroom? Don't see it on this list? Send me an email and I can add it to my list of future units!

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