It’s a type of person. They help people communicate and sometimes work in a school! haha!
Describing has always been one of my favorite skills to tackle, but it can be daunting! Describing requires so many different skills. It’s truly mind blowing. First, you have to some background knowledge and basic vocabulary to be able to label an item. You have to be able to categorize, use adjectives (color, shape, etc), understand basic concepts (size, etc), answer questions (where can you find it, etc), compare/contrast, and the list just goes on and on.
Since describing requires the marriage of so many different skills, it truly gives you the biggest bang for your buck. You get to sharpen all sorts of skills when working on describing. It’s one of the best ways to build a child’s vocabulary and sentence formulation skills.
I’m so excited to finally get to share the toolkit I created to help you work on this critical skill! It can be found in The Speech is Sweet Club!
I like to think of teaching describing as building a house. First, you have to build a solid foundation (basic vocabulary), then build the walls (categorize), you put on a roof and paint (use adjectives), etc. Then you can do some landscaping if you want (provide extra information/fun facts about the item). It truly requires patience (just like building a house), because it doesn’t happen overnight.
This toolkit is set up in a way that allows you to teach each component of describing piecemeal and then it features activities to bring it all together! Let’s peek inside:
First thing first.. you have to figure out where your students are. I believe that the most effective way to assess describing is with a rubric! There are so many components to describing, that we can’t simply say yes the child can describe or no the child can describe.
Parent Letter and Handout
This letter is super handy! It’s just a simple way to keep parents in the loop. Yes, they attend IEP meetings.. but this letter will give them a heads up on what is currently going on in speech! It also provides a few tips on working on describing at home! Unfortunately, I can’t find the picture of the handout, but you can get a peek of it on the left-hand side of this photo! This handout will be perfect for sending home, taking to meetings, or parent-teacher conferences (errr… slp-teacher conferences haha). It basically breaks down all of the components of describing.
This visual strip is perfect to keep on-hand at your table. You may even want to tape it to your table, especially if it’s a skill you work on frequently. You can also give a copy of these strips to your students so that they can have it on hand in their classroom and take home.
This toolkit also has mini posters that break down the components of describing. These will be great to put on a binder ring for easy access and even great to create a bulletin board! Gotta love functional decor!
I broke down each component of describing and each has it’s own informational sheet. Each sheet has an explanation of the component at the top, examples, and then a section for students to practice. These sheets are great for making sure your students have a strong foundation for this skill!
There is a sheet with a completed example and then a multitude of sheets for students to drive right in and start practicing!
Sentence Writing Sheets
Once students can list all of the various attributes of the object/person that they’re describing, it’s time to take it a step further! These sentence sheets have a fill-in the blank exercise on the top and on the bottom students can write their own paragraph!
These clip cards integrate seamlessly with the other activities, I was mindful and used the exact same visuals that are found on the visual strip and on the worksheets! Students can move a clothespin along the side of the card as they list each attribute. This is a great way to switch things up and practice in a different way!
This toolkit has everything you need and I truly believe your students will love these activities!
Where can you find it? There are two options:
Looking for more toolkits to make your life easier?! Check out the WH Questions Toolkit blog post!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!