Do you use wordless books in speech?! No….check out how I use them and I guarantee you will add them to your “speech toolbox!”
Some ways you can use them:
- Articulation: take a book that has a concept/image that uses a target sound. Students can tell you the story in their own words using their sounds.
- Fluency: students can work on developing the story using the pictures using their fluency strategies.
- Answering questions: “What do you see?” “Where is the ___?” “Who is this?”
- Higher level thinking!
It is amazing, by stopping each page and making the students really think about what they see and think about their thinking, it really helps them recall the details. After the story, we tell summaries and recall the events in order! I even had my students use the strategy “Everybody..wanted…but..so..then” to retell the stories since there was a problem and steps to accomplish. You could also use the Story Grammar Marker to do the same thing.Students will also have fun retelling the stories afterwards from the different perspectives of the characters. We reflect on what we think of the characters/situations in the beginning versus at the end (compare/contrast opportunities!)