This activity happened by chance. Don't you love that?
I was reading a Matt and Molly Story (the Autumn set) about raking leaves.
Matt and Molly stories are simple. 4 big pictures. 1 or 2 simple sentences per picture. My preschool students love them. There is a set of simple questions that goes with them.
The last question (usually the only "thought" question) was, "Have you ever raked leaves?" My students said, "no". So I created this activity:
My students LOVE it. The premise is simple-they each get to rake the leaves and be the dog (who messes them up in the story). (Some of my students are not ready to listen to the story-so we just raked leaves and left out the dog :) )
Some of the vocabulary I incorporated is:
Can I (be the dog)
I am (raking/the dog)
Finished/Stop/Go (The student raking had to tell the dog to "go" and "stop")
red, yellow, orange
I created a picture board for my less verbal students. The bigger board holds all the pictures. I typically put the actual core vocabulary we were targeting for a student on a smaller board.
I also used the pictures to create visual sentences for my students trying to increase their sentence length. They used the pictures as cues to make a longer sentence for me.
This is one activity I will be repeating!