I love using holidays like Valentine’s day to teach everyday concepts like matching, verbs and expressive ID with new and interesting materials! These Valentine’s interactive books use illustrations OR photos to teach students to match, to find the picture when they hear the word and to write in or say the missing word in the sentence based on the picture! I use them in morning meeting, direct instruction, story time and so many other times during the day!
As you can see to the left, there are 2 sets of books. One uses clip art and one uses photographs. The content of the books are similar, although not completely identical. The format for each one is the same. Essentially there are 3 books (identical content) in each set. I focused these on verbs, but they can certainly be used to teach a variety of nouns as well. So let me know show give you a closer look at what is contained in each book.
Each book has a repetitive phrase, “We can all celebrate Valentine’s Day” on each page. This allows you to record that phrase on a speech generating device so that students who need augmentative communication can read the book. Each book also has a picture (either on the page or that the student adds to the page) representing a verb in the sentence on the page. For the illustrated book (Clip-art), the verbs are: giving, mailing, painting, coloring, buying, decorating and drawing. For the photographic book, the verbs are: giving, mailing, cooking, sharing, creating, signing, and dining. There are 7 vocabulary pages and an introduction and closing page as well as the matching pictures for the two books that need them. Each book has its own title page as well with author name so you can address literacy of title and author as well.
Both the illustrated and the photographic book sets have a book that focuses on matching with pages like the ones below. Simply cut out the corresponding pictures, put Velcro on laminated pages and students match picture to picture.
Ways to Use Them for Valentine’s Day Activities
The books can be used in a variety of ways.
- Read them with group activities. There are manipulative pieces for 2 of the books and students can respond with choral
response to fill in the blank in the other.
- In a group activity, for the 2 books with matching pictures, have students choose one of the pictures and then identify (e.g., raise their hand, hold up the picture) when the reader turns to the page and then place it on the page.
- Use the books for independent work systems or time where the students can match the pictures or write in the missing words.
- They are great for inclusion buddy reading activities where typical peers read the story to a student with disabilities who can participate by matching the picture or using a speech generating device.
- Use them in individual instruction for vocabulary and literacy. Have students identify the title of the book and the author. Have them describe the pictures. Cover up the text and have the students describe the pictures.
- Use them for explicit instruction by using the matching pictures for students to tell you what the participants are doing, name items in the picture (e.g., mailbox), or give you the picture that depicts a specific activity.
Each set of books (illustrated or photographic) is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can purchase them by clicking on the picture. The photo book is a bit more expensive because of the cost of the photos that are used.
So how does your class celebrate Valentine’s day? Until then,