If I’m using a book during my therapy session I like to make sure it targets concepts my students are working on, has clear pictures, and uses simple language.  As you can tell from some of my posts, when I find books I like I create visuals to pair with them.  I think having those book pictures for my students to use while we read keeps them more engaged and motivated in the reading activity.  I just used the book “Roar!” by Pamela Duncan Edwards with some of my students to target both number and color concepts; as well as, learn some new animal vocabulary terms.  My students had fun with this noisy counting book!

I used this book to target both receptive and expressive language skills with my students.  On the first page, a little lion cub goes off to find some fun.  I asked one of my students “who is the story about?” and had them find the little lion cub picture and attach it in the book.  “Cub” is often a new vocabulary term for some of my students.  For my verbal students we practice saying “cub”.  You can identify the “big lions” and then find the “little lion cub” on that first page. 

Then on each page the little lion cub “ROARS” as he asks a question to the animals he meets.  I have my students “roar” all together as I point to the little lion cub on each page.  Even some of my limited verbal students often try and make some noise when we roar together.  Then we count the animals on each page.  First the lion cub meets 1 red monkey.  I point to the monkey as I count “1” for the monkey and if my students can they count with me.  I have one of my students find the monkey picture and attach it in the book.  The students take turns attaching the pictures in the book. 

The book continues this way.  We “roar” on the next page as the lion cub asks the flamingos to walk with him.  I point to the flamingos and we count to 2.  Then I have one of the students find the flamingo picture and attach it in the book.  For some of my students the focus is just attending to the book, matching the book pictures, and pointing to some of the animals in the book.  For these students I might need to give them a choice of 2 pictures to match it to the animal in the book.  I can model those color and number concepts as we read. 

For some of my higher students I like to ask “wh” and “how many” questions as we read the book.  I can ask “what color?” and “what animal?” on each page.  “What color are the lizards?”  Even after we count the lizards I might ask “how many lizards?”  I often have students start counting again when I ask “how many” instead of answering with the number we just counted.  I like to practice asking that “how many?” question and having them respond with the number instead of starting to count again.     

The book is also good to model some of those different and maybe new animal concepts.  You can even have your students identify some different animal features.  They can find the hippo’s teeth, the crocodile’s tail, or the rhino’s horn. 

Finally, the little lion cub finds 9 other lion cubs roaring just like him.  We talk about how the cubs are all the same…they are all lions.  Finding his friends makes the little lion cub happy and I have my students smile to show “happy”.  We count all 10 little lion cubs.  The cubs all like to roar and have fun together!    If you are interested in using these book visuals while reading this book click the link – ROAR!  

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