I Have a Pet (A Preschool Book)
This book is designed to teach basic animals and associations. I use it in group circles for Birth-3 and Developmental preschools. Using velcro to attach pictures in the book is designed to function with nonverbal children and children using picture exchange systems.
Simply print out a copy of the book (formatted for double sided printing). Pages can be folded and stapled into a book, unless single sided printing is desired. Pages go in the order: I have a pet...it (association)....it says (or second association)...what is it?...it's a (animal)....animal shape page for matching shape/same.
The “what is it?” pages of this book are designed to be used with velcro. Print out two copies of the animals page and cut out the squares. (Glue on tagboard and laminate if desired.) Place velcro inside the squares in the book and on the backs of the animal pictures. Place the correct animal and one foil on each “what is it?” page.
While reading the book, have students select the animal from the group of 2 on the page. Later, have the students match the animal to the black animal shape (I do this when re-reading the book later during circle after all the animals have been identified once). This can be done by simply placing the picture next to the black animal shape, or by placing velcro on the black animal shape.
Targeted animals and associations are:
Cat - mouse, meow
fish - water, bubbles (open and close mouth with a popping sound)
bird - cage, tweet tweet
dog - bone, woof
bunny - big teeth, carrots
Suggestions for group circle activities:
1. Read book focusing on animal identification (receptive language)
2. Receptive vocabulary by identifying toys of the animals or expressive vocabulary stating animal names or have students make the associations with objects or cut and paste the animals onto a picture of a living room, etc.
3. Re-read book - have students identify animals and match “same” with animal shape page (either keep animal pictures on velcro board or have each student hold an animal and identify when they have the needed one)
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