It’s time for Freebie Friday: Black Friday Edition! Any exhausted shopping nuts out there? Who grabbed the doorbusters? I’m happy to admit that I traded in my deep love of a great sale for the coziness of my couch in my post turkey coma. I swear – I have a food hangover. Ugh. The end of Thanksgiving means one great thing – on to Christmas! I am a firm believer in post-Thanksgiving holiday decorating. The whole Christmas decorations in the same aisle as Halloween candy thing kinda bugs me. But now – we are ready to go. The holiday season has started!
I have a made a bunch of new resources I am really excited to share with you all for this holiday season. My kiddos just love this time of year and I like to make the most of it. We go all out with gingerbread houses, arts and crafts, and lots of seasonal activities and games! I am brimming over with anticipation to bust out all these new goodies with my kiddos on Monday. They will die!
I am going to start with a holiday freebie – Say it to a Snowman! This game is winter themed (as opposed to Christmas!) so will be suitable for all classrooms. I am really looking forward to starting this with my class because this is a skill some of my guys are really lacking!
This game is used to work on reciprocal language skills. Students with autism struggle with conversation skills. The combination of language deficits and social skills challenges make having a meaningful conversation very difficult for some of our kiddos! In this game students will read the quote from the snowman and have to respond appropriately using commenting, empathy statements, and follow up questions!
There are a variety of types of statements so students will need to differentiate when to use each type of response. This game can be used as a social script – students can read the quote to another student to answer. Or this game can be used one on one with a student. The written script provides a structured setup to practice these difficult skills.
Types of statements include:
I love that scarf. example appropriate response: “Thanks! I got it as a present.”
I am so annoyed with my brother! example appropriate response: “Oh no. What happened? Why are you made at your brother?”
I’m so hungry! example appropriate response: “Me too. I hope lunch is soon.”
That is the best movie. Do you like it? example appropriate response: “Yea I like it too. What is your favorite part?”
Students will work on answering questions, commenting, responding with empathy, and asking follow up questions. These are the essential skills that keep a conversation going! Download for free on TPT. Enjoy! If you download this freebie please leave me some feedback love 🙂
Hope you all had a really great Thanksgiving!
PS: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday Teachers Notebook is having a 3 Day Sale! All items in my Teachers Notebook Store are 25% off plus an additional 10% off! Fill up your wish list!
and Teachers Pay Teachers will be having a Cyber Monday + Tuesday Sale! Woo hoo for shopping 🙂