I like taking road trips in the summer, especially if it’s somewhere I haven’t been before. Small towns and rolling hills are the essence of Americana to me. I have an appreciation for road signs and billboards with a sense of humor too. It’s pretty impressive to make a point in less than 5 seconds among a sea of information along the highways. One of my favorites I saw this week was a billboard looking for an advertiser that said simply, ” Tall, outdoorsy type seeks a relationship”. Clever!!
Many of these signs use cultural references, double meanings or inferences to communicate a catchy message. It got me thinking that for my students with language weakness, specifically my kids with ASD who are very literal, this might be quite tricky. What is intrinsic for typical language learners, needs to be broken down into steps and repeated to build understanding.
My speechie brain is always in gear, so I sat down to create my own billboard activity. What would the kids need to know? So I decided to create some billboards as a speech activity in my TPT store HERE .
This activity includes a model billboard page, 10 billboards to decode and a blank option to create your own. The student has to identify the main idea, what clues led them to that conclusion, the emotions it evokes and who the target audience is. It’s a great carryover activity for kids to practice while they are on vacation this summer too. They’ll be on the road to understanding figurative language and inferences on the highway in no time.
What other language ideas do you have for summer time travel for your students? Share here!