- wind up toys (animals or vehicles are easy to find at the dollar store)
- cars, trains,
- books about transportation/ vehicles, things that go, etc. Get a books for free here, here, and here.
- Talk about how vehicles go. Then practice saying, "GO, train, GO!" or "GO, car, GO!" and have the toy car/ train go.
- Read books about things that go.
- Make the sentence "I go." Then run around (the kids will think this is hilarious), then make the sentence "You go." and point to a student and encourage them to run.
- cans or containers
- manipulatives for put in, my kiddos love bells and balls that make noises
- magnet and metal manipulatives
- Stuffed animals/ toys
- Practice putting objects in a can/ container. The more noise the object makes as it goes into the container, the better!
- Practice putting objects on magnets
- Practice putting preferred items on body parts ("PUT Pete the Cat ON your head")
- motivating toys, instruments
- Give all the students 2-3 options (for example: piano, tambourine, and maraca), have each student say "I want ___". You will need voice output devices and picture cards for kiddos who are non-verbal. Then practice taking turns with the instruments. We will give a kiddo what they requested and then do a 10 second count down. Then we let the kid pick who will have the next turn.
- light up toys/ manipulatives
- Practice looking at the light up toys. I will normally hold the "look" card in one hand and the light up object in the other and say something like "Good! You're LOOKING at the light!"
- Practice looking at certain objects or people in the classroom. You can give students cues like "Look at Ms. Kim!" "Look at Billy!" "Look at the door!" etc.
- Same and different books (get them for free here)
- Variety of objects (some that are the same and some that are different)
- Pair objects together and ask students if they are the same or different. Students can answer using the core 40 cards, by answering yes/no, shaking their head, signing, etc.
- You can say, "I'm wearing a ___ (insert color) shirt. Who else is wearing the same color?."
- Motivating items like stickers, M&Ms, cereal, etc.
- Containers with lids, ziplocks (The container should be difficult for the students to open. You might need to use different containers for different kiddos.)
- Open container and show the students the motivating items. Then close the container, hand it to the student and say "open it!" When the student starts to struggle to open it, prompt them to ask for help.
- Fake fall or sit on the ground and then say "Help me, help me!" and encourage students to help you up. Then students can do the same thing. My kids think this is particularly funny.
You can find a free core vocabulary books for go, same, different from my TpT here.
I hope this helps so you have any idea of how I teach core vocabulary in a hands on way. I wanted to put videos of myself teaching the mini-lessons but I'm a little too techy-challenged.
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