Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{Review} Asking More Specific Questions

I've noticed that so many of my students have such a hard time observing and answering/asking questions about specific information.  Have you noticed these same difficulties?  If you have, check out my review of a great product by Great Ideas for Teaching, called Asking More Specific Questions.

This resource is designed for students (ages 4-8) who have improved in their ability to answer questions, but require visual cues when targeting "higher concepts".  Using the cartoon pictures, students can utilize and point to the images to help them with verbally explaining their reasoning for their responses.  The book contains twenty 3-page lessons that target auditory processing, visual observations, comprehension of specific terms, and verbal expression.

Each lesson includes one picture page.  (I included my favorite page as the "demo".  I have quite a few pirate lovers on my caseload!)

Two direction pages are included for each unit as well.  The first page includes specific questions that target concepts such as "are the trees on the island in a row?" and "does the shortest pirate have an earring in his ear?"  These questions are great for multiple exposures to various concepts.

The second direction page provides directions for the child to follow in order to interact with the scenes, such as "color the pirate who is between the other pirates" and "color the inside of the empty treasure chest purple".

What I love about this book:
- It includes TONS of targeted concept words such as "in front", "right", "corner", "above", "below", "between", "inside", etc.
- It includes a bunch of inference questions as well, which gives you more bang for your buck.  For example, "do you think this is a hot day or a cold day?", with a picture that includes a large sun and melting ice cream.
- The questions and directions really require a student to focus on each statement and apply it to the picture.
- The scenes in this book are so cute!  They easily lend themselves to a variety of conversations, which could be used for articulation carryover, too!

This is one of my favorite Great Ideas for Teaching materials yet!!  Want to find out more about this versatile $28.00 resource?  You can do so HERE!

Disclaimer: This book was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.

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