Have you joined in the EET party?! No…it is not a real party! But it is just that much fun to use in speech therapy! CLICK HERE to learn more about the Expanding Expression Tool! I have been working hard all year with my students to expand their abilities to describe common objects, compare/contrast, and even describe/compare using non-fiction texts. Now, it is time to come up with ways for them to carryover the skill into the classroom!
- Academic vocabulary: I pulled vocabulary words from their science and social studies curriculum. I also pulled words from novels they are reading in their ELA classes. We practiced defining these words and concepts using the EET rings! Vocabulary examples: biomes, solar system, government, and Greek mythology. I showed them how they can use the EET to study, complete study guides/worksheets that require expanded written responses, and identify which words are being described to select the answers!
- Listening/reading for keywords: We practiced reading/listening to texts and listening for the EET concepts. I gave the students a graphic organizer to complete but they had to flip to the EET “bead” on their rings when we got to a concept in the text that would answer that “question.” This helped them focus their listening/reading to the important facts! We then practiced retelling the texts using the EET rings to make sure they expressed each important fact!