Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities: Spring Patricia Snair Koski

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Ages: Ages 3-8Grades: PreK-3

Matt and Molly take your students on springtime adventures in eight engaging stories that teach communication and literacy skills. Familiar characters, predictable routines, and fun antics keep students engaged.

The theme-based stories and activities target skills in:

  • narrative language
  • vocabulary and concepts
  • answering questions
  • sequencing and predicting
  • determining what's missing
  • reading comprehension

The program includes eight stories with:

  • four full-color, 8½" x 11" sequence pictures for each story (32 total pictures)
  • four large-print sentence strips per story that students match to the correct illustrations (32 sentence strips for each program)
  • six wh- and how word cards, a Yes card, and a No card for the question-asking activities
  • a teacher manual with complete lesson plans and teaching techniques designed to engage students in learning. The manual includes:
    • ready-to-use lists of yes/no, wh-, and how questions for each story
    • target vocabulary/concept words
    • teaching suggestions
    • a list of easy-to-find props for role-playing each story sequence

Each lesson follows the same two-day routine and can be used with one student, a small group, or an entire class. Matt and Molly are the main characters of every story, so students begin to consider them good friends as they progress through each lesson.

Day one routine is:

  • sing the Matt and Molly theme song
  • introduce the story
  • describe the picture cards and introduce the vocabulary/concepts
  • predicting activity
  • story review activity
  • sequencing activity
  • what's missing activity
  • match printed sentences to the corresponding picture
  • yes/no questions activity
  • wh- and how questions activity
  • preparing to act out the story activity

Day two routine is:

  • sing the Matt and Molly theme song
  • story review activity
  • act out the story
  • anticipate the next story activity

Target 60 vocabulary words and concepts as you teach the simple story line and ask questions. The story titles are:

  • A Drooping Flower
  • Get That Fly!
  • Let's Play Baseball
  • Taking a Nap
  • An Old Chest
  • A Rainy Day
  • Time to Clean Up
  • Wet Paint!

COMPLETE PROGRAM INCLUDES: 17-page manual, 32 8½" x 11" story cards, 9 perforated sheets with large print sentences and question flash cards, vinyl folder. (©1998).