This week’s preK book is If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff. Thought I’d just run through what we did for our motor/speech/language group! We started off by reading the story (targeted answering wh- questions and making predictions while reading). After that, we played a game my co-worker Kristin made: “Who stole the syrup from the pancake stack?” Each child gets a card (we put them, closed, behind the kids until it’s their turn) with either pancakes or syrup on it. We go around the circle chanting “Max stole/took the syrup from the pancake stack! Max stole the syrup from the pancake stack! Who, me? Yes, you! Couldn’t be! Then…who?” We always try to save at least one child with a syrup card for the end. We have made versions of this game to go with quite a few books/units (e.g. Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Who stole the apple from the apple tree? Who stole the Chicken McNugget from the Happy Meal? Who stole the acorn from the squirrel?).
Our occupational therapist’s fine motor activity involved a great game from Lakeshore (a teacher store): Flapjack Math. I put some pancakes on the griddle and had each child flip a couple over and tell us how many blueberries were on each pancake. We pretended to eat our pancakes when we were done.
After we’d mixed up our pancake batter (just mix/water/oil), with each child getting a chance to stir it up, we headed out to the SMARTBoard, where we targeted wet vs. dry (the pig is wet & sticky quite a bit in the story). Each student labeled an item of their choosing and told us whether it was wet or dry. Of course this can be modified for students who need more assistance: ask them to find a certain item, give them verbal prompts/choices, have them complete a sentence (This towel isn’t wet! It’s ____).
When we came back for snack, each child either requested syrup or said “no, thank you” and started scarfing down an animal-shaped pancake. We also always have a “question of the day”. Usually the kids vote on something, but as we’ve been doing this for a long time, today we mostly cut out the visual prompts and just asked what their favorite part of the book was. I offered up visuals from the story if any of the students needed help.
And…there you have it! Our hour-long group. Screenshot of the newsletter we send home for parents is also below. With my itinerant speech students I’ll be using the book this week to target a myriad of speech sounds (medial and final /k/or initial /p/ in pancake, initial /p/ or final /g/ in pig, etc) depending on their goals (click to download visuals). And here is a visual to use pancakes to target pronouns (I plan to practice with the first three visuals and then to use visuals of people from the iPad to elicit more utterances). All these books are great for working on “if/then”, cause/effect (easy visual here).
P.S. Just stumbled across this blog post, which also has ideas for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Great minds—-they mention some of the same games/activities! Love all the ideas.