By the time December of this school year came around, I decided I needed some new materials to liven things up. In June, 2017 I attended the AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium where I heard Rehab Audiologist Lynn Wood give an excellent presentation on her favorite games. So I dug up that information, looked at all the games and decided to purchase Tall Tales on Amazon.
There were several reasons that I chose this particular activity.
√ It is a simple concept – the student picks at least 8 objects out of the bag one at a time and tells a story as she goes along.
√ The interest level is appropriate for a wide age range. I needed something to use with my 12 year old working on complex language as well as a new 5 year old that I’m evaluating.
√ It can be used with widely different language levels.
√ It can be used to teach early literacy vocabulary such as setting, character, beginning, middle and ends of stories, as well as phonological awareness targets such as stating the beginning sound in a word used, giving a rhyming word or segmenting a word used. The activity can be video recorded to help with this.
√ It can be used to gather a spontaneous or narrative language sample in a fun way that is different every time you use it.
Tall Tales has been a big hit with both students mentioned above!
If you would like tons of language and listening ideas, visit Lynn’s award-winning website: www.HEARSAYLW.com.