Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Saturday, August 8, 2020
What does that mean? We’re
all trying to figure out ‘The New Normal’ since Covid19 might be with us for .
. . years? I've been trying to find a 'formula' for making decisions on what to do, where to go.
This is my new ‘Formula’ for deciding what feels safe to me.
Caroline's Clue Game:
WHAT: I love playing vocabulary password with learners who use AAC. But I’ve also enjoyed playing ‘clue’ as a ‘starter’ activity.
WHY: Clue is a great way to:
1) Model language on an AAC system, especially words that describe an item
2) Help students develop critical thinking skills
3) Build engagement!
Here’s how it works.
I think of something fun to share, then model the language using an AAC
system. Several teens I work with love
to see my jewelry, so I keep the jewelry offscreen, and give them four
choices. I just bought new earrings with
an owl on one (see picture). That will be a great topic for a game of Caroline's Clue!
Me: I GOT NEW EARRINGS. MIGHT BE . . . CATS, OWLS, PARROTS, HUMMINGBIRDS.
<Partner writes those four choices on a whiteboard>
Me: CLUE ONE. IT CAN FLY.
<Partner helps student decide which one to cross out – they remove the cat>
Me: CLUE TWO. IT IS A BIG BIRD.
<Team decides to cross out the hummingbird>
Me: CLUE THREE. IT DOES NOT TALK.
<Team talks about the negative. They decide to cross out the parrot because it DOES talk.>
Me: CLUE FOUR. IT CAN <‘I’m going to the alphabet’> H-O-O-T.
<Team agrees that it’s the owl>
Me: YEP. NEW OWL EARRINGS! WHAT DO YOU THINK?
RELATED: Check out the Vocabulary Password for more activities!