There are so many ways to use adapted books in the classroom, and these color books are no different. Read on to learn some strategies for using adapted books in a variety of settings. But first…
WHY do I use real pictures?
Over the past year I have been using real pictures in many of my resources. Why? Because real pictures are age appropriate. Creating resources that are age appropriate means that everyone at any age can use these resources with respect for dignity. This means I’m stopping making resources with little characters and cartoons. This means real people, real food, real places. This means our students are making more real world connections… and that’s important!
There are 33 books included in my new set of adapted books. 10 colors (and the bonus rainbow book!) for each level. This gives teachers a ton of options for using these with their students and meeting those students at their level- there is a book for everyone!
Level one is errorless learning. If you want to learn more about errorless learning, click here. Errorless learning is an instructional strategy that allows children to practice skills with confidence. Errorless learning ensures that students are always responding correctly, building their confidence and increasing their knowledge at the same time. Errorless choices on worksheets or hands on tasks reduces the need to prompt a student verbally, and therefore reduces the chance of a student relying on your prompts!
Level 2 is matching. Students can match the card to the picture and word on the page. Having the word on both reduces the need for any outside prompts- thus building independence.
Level 3 is words. The student matches the word to the picture and words on the page, also reducing the need for any outside prompts. The word brown is repeated throughout giving more exposure to the target word.
Each level has 2 different quiz pages at the end to check for understanding. As the levels go up those also increase in difficulty.
How do I use these in my classroom?
If you have students working on color words and labeling- these books are a great tool. I would keep each level in a bin on a shelf or display on a bulletin board.
+ Have a color unit! Work on a new color each week and focus on those books. Read aloud as a class and then use them in small groups during centers at the students specific level.
+ Use for centers! If you have a student working on colors, have them use these books during centers and have a para take data on them.
+ Use in independent work bins. (read about setting those up here) Put the books you want a student to work on in the bin and add the bin to their work schedule.
+ Display on a bulletin board, display the books on a bulletin board for easy access to them.
+ Use for early finishers, have students pick a book to complete when they complete center work early.
How do you store all the pieces?
Levels 1 and 2 also come with the option of having just words and picture and words. This gives you even more leveling options even within the levels! I store each books in a small baggy and then put all of one level in a larger baggy. If I have a student using these I would store the pieces in a bin next to where I store the books they are working on.
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