More SPOOKLEY Fun!!
While Molly and her kiddos were having fun feeling and describing gourds this week, we were making Spookley The Square Pumpkin crafts. I don't have any pictures of the final project because our students all wrote their name on the crafts. It was a super fun way to co-treat with OT and we were able to address so many goals and, of course, the students had a great time doing it.
First, I downloaded the Spookley The Square Pumpkin app for my iPad. I loved using the app to keep the students really engaged. For most of our groups I set the app to "auto play." On this setting the book turns the pages automatically and reads the story aloud. If the student's didn't quite have the attention span to make it through the whole book I would set it to "read it myself" and describe the pages, while tapping the pumpkins and story characters so the students could hear the voices. Also, sometimes I chose the "read it to me" function where the app would read the story, in the cool spooky voice, but I turned the pages. This allowed me to ask questions after each page which was great for some of my students working on concrete "wh" questions but who maybe couldn't remember details from the whole book. Its a super versatile project!
After the story, depending on the student's goals, we had a variety of questions we asked.
1. Auditory Comprehension: for students with a basic auditory comprehension goal we asked concrete "wh" questions about the story. What shape was Spookely? Where did he live? Who saved the day? What was the weather like when the pumpkins fell in the water? Who was happy Spookley was stuck in the fence?
2. Inference/ Why's and How's: for your students who may have more inferential goals Spookely can still be a great fit. One of our groups discussed the similarities between the character Spookely and Rudolph. We discussed the messages of both stories. Other groups talked about how Spookely must have felt, and why did he feel that way. We spent some time talking about if the student's every felt sad or left out, what about their friends? This opened the conversation to what we could do to help our friends.
3. Narrative Language: student's with story telling or main idea goals spent their time sequencing the story or developing the main idea.
Once we finished discussing the story it was time to get down to business and make a Spookely-esque pumpkin of our own!