Materials: Individual Sentences on Strips/pocket chart (nice to have)
Reread chart while pointing to each word (can clap/chant/rap/sign)
Discuss how readers use an inner voice during reading
Read each sentence out loud & pause to allow them to read it using their inner voice. YOUmay use the AAC to read the stem. (Do not get the students to use the AAC to read the chart. They are concentrating on learning to read the chart inside their head.)
Discuss how we use our eyes during reading (or hands if students are using Braille). Reread each sentence and give students opportunity to point to each word with their eyes or an adapted pointer if needed.
Work with sentences to focus on specific concepts of print.
Students can have the opportunity to come up to the chart and ‘find their sentence’ by first finding their name. Read the sentence together and remind them of how they contributed that idea.
Focus on a letter, a word, or a concept of print. ‘let’s read this sentence/ the chart to find all the letter a’, ‘let’s read to show how we start on the left’, ‘let’s read to listen for the word ‘can’’
Some students may need their sentence printed out as a strip to have on their desk to follow along, highlight, look for target content etc
Use an iPad app to reread the chart.
Songify - An app that allows for the recording of the chart, changing it into a digitized song
Voice plus -An app that allows for the recording of the chart, rereading it back with a variety of interesting voices (why not vote for a voice?)
Concepts of Print/Text Features
Focus was on adding -ing endings.
What a letter is
Capital letters in general
Lowercase letters in general
A specific letter
A specific capital letter
A specific lowercase letter
Letter combinations (morphemes like –er, -est, -ing)
What a word is
First and/or last letter of word
Parts of speech – noun, proper noun, pronoun, adjective
Conventions of writing
What a sentence is
First word of sentence
Last word of sentence
Punctuation in general
Specific types of punctuation (comma, quotation marks, dash, apostrophe)
End punctuation in general
Specific end punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point)
Conventions of Reading
Where to start reading
Top to bottom
Left to right
Return sweep to the left
Word-by-word voice to print match
This site is a work in progress and has been a group effort involving many talented clinicians and consultants. It is happily maintained by Toby Scott, teacher & Assistive Technology Specialist, Edmonton Catholic School District.