It’s been a bit chaotic around school this week with state testing, end of course testing and general spring fever! It’s a bit harder to keep our friends engaged this time of year, but I came up with a fun activity that just might do the trick! I searched google images (or you can use Pixabay or magazine images) for funny pictures of dogs. Print, laminate and cut them out. Voila’, you have a great social language activity to work on the concepts of what the dog might be thinking or saying, what they might be feeling, predicting what could happen next and determining what clues that the students saw in the picture to make their very smart guesses.
I also have some thought bubble and word bubble sticky notes to extend the activity! You can write up different thoughts or words (you can draw pictures for your younger students) and then ask the kids to match the thought and talking bubbles with the pups in the pictures. Working on social language concepts in different ways helps to build flexible brains! If puppies aren’t your thing, use pictures of silly cats, guinea pigs, tropical fish or even llamas.
Of course, I always have that one friend who throws a wrench into the session by pointing out that, duh, dogs can’t talk. This is usually said in a loud voice and in front of all the other kids in the group. After I crawl out from under the metaphorical bus they just threw me under, I turn it into a teachable moment to talk about using our imagination, contrasting fantasy/reality, and having fun with social language! And if they are still mumbling under their breath after this explanation? You can always have an impromptu therapy lesson about the Unthinkables ©, Grumpy Grumpaniny or Rock Brain both spring to mind!!
What fun and easy ways to you keep your social language students engaged these last weeks of school?