Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pronoun Practice

Today I'm going to share with you one of my favorite activities for targeting pronouns.  I've been using this activity for years and I wish I could take credit for it, but sadly, I cannot!  A few years ago, I found this activity on the Speaking of Speech Materials Exchange page (It's the first activity listed under Pronouns - "Pronoun Game").  It comes with large pictures of a boy and girl with sentence strips below the children and a page of items.  Here's how it looks:


It fits nicely on a file folder, and those store quite well!  However, I have a lot of kids who have been working on "they" as well.  So, I updated the version from Speaking of Speech to include "He," "She," and "They":


This does not fit quite nicely on a file folder, so I taped together three sheets of oak tag, glued the pages on, and laminated everything together.  Then I attached my velcro.  Here's a close-up so you can see the target sentence - "He has the ___."  


"They have the___"


I do have some younger students who are working on "he" and "she," but are not ready to work on "they."  For these students, I simply folded the "they" page to the back.



I placed the item pictures in an empty (clean) wipes container with the top oval (the part where you pull the wipes) cut out.  The students can reach into the container and pull out an item for each section.  We typically say the sentences together for the first round, then I have the students read the sentences themselves.


What activities do you use to target pronouns?



8 comments :

  1. Thanks for the idea! I like using Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. The children get to choose a Potato Head piece and then place it on either the girl or boy potato head while saying "He needs a _____" or "She needs a ______." Pretty simple, but my preschoolers love it.

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    1. Christine, I LOVE this idea!! I actually collect Potato Heads. I bet my preschoolers would love it as well! Thanks for sharing :)

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    2. I love using Potato Heads for my preschoolers as well and I collect them too! I love the themed pieces when working on holiday themed vocabulary. I also use it when working on prepositions and and following directions!

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    3. They really are versatile toys, aren't they?!?

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  2. I just used potato heads for he and she (and /z/ artic as a bonus) along with an iPad app (PhotoTell Lite). I took a picture of the child and their potato each time they added a feature (she has feet, she has a nose, etc) and then had them record the matching sentence. At the end, we played back the sequence of pictures and they could hear themselves speaking (one child even judged his /z/ as being not quite on target - hoorah!). Wouldn't it be great if we could then mix up the pictures and have them sequence them! Be careful if you use the app - the free version doesn't hold many pictures. I did end up springing for the real version.

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    1. Thanks for the app suggestion, I'll have to check it out!

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