I don’t know about you, but every year I have students in my classroom who are unable to formulate complete sentences when they speak and participate. Oral language skills are the key foundation for all the learning that takes place within our classroom walls. As a teacher, it is *so* important that I intentionally include activities and moments throughout our day that allow my students to formulate thoughts and communicate those thoughts aloud to their peers.
As busy teachers, I often feel that the speaking and listening standards are pushed to the back burner at times. We are guilty of assuming our kids will “pick them up” along the way and that they naturally “teach themselves” within our daily routine. For most kids…yes, this is true. But for many children, they need to be strategically taught HOW to communicate, share examples, and connect multiple ideas and subjects when they speak to others.
This product does just that!
There are three “levels” to the discussion cards within this pack. Each card contains a conjunction on the bottom that students must use as they respond to the day’s daily question. For example, in level 1 students must connect TWO ideas.
Ex: “At recess, I love to swing AND go on the slide.”
In level 2, students must elaborate and explain WHY within their response. (Ex: I am kind to my friends because I help them clean up their toys at recess.)
In level 3, students work on using commas in a series and extending their responses to a discussion question by offering three specific examples, points, or ideas as they communicate. (Ex: After school, I do my homework, play outside, and eat dinner.”
The pack comes with multiple tools to increase speaking and listening skills with your students. Some of these include speaker/listener role cards for partners, anchor charts, enlarged pictures for creating anchor charts with your students, and more!
You can use the MANY, MANY daily discussion response question cards that are provided within the pack. But guess what?! This pack is also….
Yep, I said it! You can type up your own daily questions to coordinate with specific items you are learning and experiences unique to your setting, students, and school. Cards also come in color versions and black & white versions for easy printing.
Self assessment checklists for kids are included to help students track their progress with the speaking and listening skills. They can also set new goals and become aware of their strengths as a communicator and their needs. What a wonderful life skill to teach these kiddos!
If you are interested in this pack for your classroom, you can find it in my TpT store by clicking HERE.
This pack is one of my favorites so far! The topic of oral language is so dear to my heart and I just know you and your students will love learning more about each other and challenging your thinking as you dig into these daily discussions! 🙂
To celebrate this pack, I’m giving away TWO copies of Think, Talk, Teach to Sugar and Spice followers! This will be a FAST giveaway that will end in 24 hours! To be eligible, enter through the Rafflecopter below. 🙂 I will announce the winners on Monday during my Monday Made It post. Thank you and happy Saturday!