Recognize a Familiar Person

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify... the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities. *Example people:* friend, family member, teacher *Example verbal prompt:* “Which of these people do you know?
  • By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is preferred and familiar, and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.
  • By (date), when presented with (2) video or audio clips of people introducing themselves, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked by the teacher to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating the name), in (4 of 5) recognition activities. *Example audio:* "Hi, my name is Stephanie."
  • By (date), using a hearing support adaptation, when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar, and one of whom is a stranger, given (1) visual cue and asked by the teacher to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities. *Example hearing support adaptation:* FM unit, preferential seating *Example visual cue:* Teacher points to each image as he asks, “Which of these people do you know?"
  • By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by gesturing, using an adaptive switch, eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.
  • By (date), when presented with an image of a familiar person and asked if the person is familiar (e.g. “Is this a person you know, yes or no?"), (name) will identify the familiar person by responding "yes" (e.g. using a verbal answer, head nod, an adaptive switch), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

UDL-Aligned Strategies About UDL

  • Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity
    Some students may be more engaged in this activity if the pictures presented include preferred people from their lives. These images may not only spark recognition, but also student interest. When designing this recognition task, the teacher can first engage students (and ask parents and guardians to help from home) in an activity in which they list and share photos of people in their lives - inside or outside of school - with whom they enjoy spending time. From each student-generated list, the teacher can then select images of known, preferred people to include in the activity. Another option is for the teacher to use images of peers who are friends with the students.
  • UDL II 4.1 Vary the methods for response and navigation
    Instead of providing a choice between two images, some students may be able to select the familiar person from more choices (e.g. one image of a familiar person and two images of unfamiliar people), while others may benefit if asked to respond to a question about only one image (e.g. “Do you know this person? Yes or no?”). This method also gives the option for a verbal response of yes or no, a nod, or a response using an adaptive switch.
  • UDL I 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media
    Students can benefit from viewing or listening to short video or audio clips. The addition of sound will support some students with identification and recognition, and it may also promote engagement. The teacher can create these videos using computer cameras in class, or the video feature on a smartphone or tablet. These introductions can include people students know in the building, and be presented alongside video clips of unknown people, perhaps taken from online sources. Here you can watch and listen to some sample introductions by Maple Leaf Learning.

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DLM Essential Elements

ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2
Key Ideas and Details
EE.RL.3.2 Associate details with events in stories from diverse cultures.
ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2
Key Ideas and Details
EE.RL.4.2 Identify the theme or central idea of a familiar story, drama or poem.
ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2
Key Ideas and Details
EE.RL.5.2 Identify the central idea or theme of a story, drama or poem.

NCSC Core Connectors

ELA-Literacy.3.RL.i1
Reading Standards for Literature
3.RL.i1 Identify the central message (theme), lesson, or moral within a story, folktale, or fable from diverse cultures.
ELA-Literacy.4.RL.k2
Reading Standards for Literature
4.RL.k2 Determine the theme of a story, drama, or poem; refer to text to support answer.
ELA-Literacy.5.RL.c3
Reading Standards for Literature
5.RL.c3 Determine the theme of a story, drama, or poem including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic.

Standards

RL.5.2 Key Ideas and Details
RL.5.2 Key Ideas and Details
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
RL.4.2 Key Ideas and Details
RL.4.2 Key Ideas and Details
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RL.3.2 Key Ideas and Details
RL.3.2 Key Ideas and Details
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Standard Staircase

Identify the Parts of a Book

By date, when given a familiar book and a verbally prompt (i.e. Teacher says “Where is the Title?”) to identify parts of a book, (name) will correctly point to indicated part of a book (i.e. cover, title, page), with no more than (1) repeated question in (4 out of 5) guided-reading lessons.

Distinguish Text from Illustrations

By (date), after completing a shared reading of an illustrated familiar passage at the student’s independent reading level and given a verbal prompt (e.g. “Point to the words in this story.”, “Point to the pictures in this story.”), (name) will point to (1) piece of text and (1) illustration from the passage, in (4 of 5) narrative reading sessions.

Describe Oneself with a Feeling Word

By (date), after a read aloud of an instructional level story and (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Sophie was really angry in this story. Can you think about this morning or yesterday and describe how you felt?”), (name) will speak (1) sentence, including (1) feeling word (e.g. happy, sad, angry), for (4 of 5) self-reflections.

Recognize and Track an Object by Name

By (date), after a preview of an object and it’s name from a picture walk of an instructional-level, informational text (e.g. tractor in a book about construction), shown (2) objects (one that represents the previewed object and one that is different), and when prompted by the teacher (“Point to the tractor that looks like the one from the book.”), (name) will point to the object, in (4 of 5) reading sessions.

Recognize a Character's Name from a Story

By (date), when verbally asked to make a selection between (2) familiar stories (e.g. “Let’s read the book about the dog, which book is that?”, “Can you get the book about David to read?”), (name) will point to or pick up the correct text, in (4 out of 5) book selections.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Essential Concepts of Print

By (date), given a preferred book (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (5) pages, (name) will independently handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and observably attend to each page (e.g. eye-gazing, pointing, vocalizing) for at least (3) seconds, for (4 out of 5) preferred books.

Make Requests Using Core Vocabulary Words

By (date), while participating in a classroom activity (e.g. shared reading, snack time, art), (name) will make (1) request to an adult or peer using a core vocabulary word (i.e. words that have a functional and academic purpose) through a preferred mode of communication (e.g. vocally, icons, sign language, eye gaze toward word cards), for (4 out of 5) classroom activities.

Identify the Parts of a Book

By date, when given a familiar book and a verbally prompt (i.e. Teacher says “Where is the Title?”) to identify parts of a book, (name) will correctly point to indicated part of a book (i.e. cover, title, page), with no more than (1) repeated question in (4 out of 5) guided-reading lessons.

Distinguish Text from Illustrations

By (date), after completing a shared reading of an illustrated familiar passage at the student’s independent reading level and given a verbal prompt (e.g. “Point to the words in this story.”, “Point to the pictures in this story.”), (name) will point to (1) piece of text and (1) illustration from the passage, in (4 of 5) narrative reading sessions.

Describe Oneself with a Feeling Word

By (date), after a read aloud of an instructional level story and (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Sophie was really angry in this story. Can you think about this morning or yesterday and describe how you felt?”), (name) will speak (1) sentence, including (1) feeling word (e.g. happy, sad, angry), for (4 of 5) self-reflections.

Recognize and Track an Object by Name

By (date), after a preview of an object and it’s name from a picture walk of an instructional-level, informational text (e.g. tractor in a book about construction), shown (2) objects (one that represents the previewed object and one that is different), and when prompted by the teacher (“Point to the tractor that looks like the one from the book.”), (name) will point to the object, in (4 of 5) reading sessions.

Recognize a Character's Name from a Story

By (date), when verbally asked to make a selection between (2) familiar stories (e.g. “Let’s read the book about the dog, which book is that?”, “Can you get the book about David to read?”), (name) will point to or pick up the correct text, in (4 out of 5) book selections.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Essential Concepts of Print

By (date), given a preferred book (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (5) pages, (name) will independently handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and observably attend to each page (e.g. eye-gazing, pointing, vocalizing) for at least (3) seconds, for (4 out of 5) preferred books.

Make Requests Using Core Vocabulary Words

By (date), while participating in a classroom activity (e.g. shared reading, snack time, art), (name) will make (1) request to an adult or peer using a core vocabulary word (i.e. words that have a functional and academic purpose) through a preferred mode of communication (e.g. vocally, icons, sign language, eye gaze toward word cards), for (4 out of 5) classroom activities.

Identify the Parts of a Book

By date, when given a familiar book and a verbally prompt (i.e. Teacher says “Where is the Title?”) to identify parts of a book, (name) will correctly point to indicated part of a book (i.e. cover, title, page), with no more than (1) repeated question in (4 out of 5) guided-reading lessons.

Distinguish Text from Illustrations

By (date), after completing a shared reading of an illustrated familiar passage at the student’s independent reading level and given a verbal prompt (e.g. “Point to the words in this story.”, “Point to the pictures in this story.”), (name) will point to (1) piece of text and (1) illustration from the passage, in (4 of 5) narrative reading sessions.

Describe Oneself with a Feeling Word

By (date), after a read aloud of an instructional level story and (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Sophie was really angry in this story. Can you think about this morning or yesterday and describe how you felt?”), (name) will speak (1) sentence, including (1) feeling word (e.g. happy, sad, angry), for (4 of 5) self-reflections.

Recognize and Track an Object by Name

By (date), after a preview of an object and it’s name from a picture walk of an instructional-level, informational text (e.g. tractor in a book about construction), shown (2) objects (one that represents the previewed object and one that is different), and when prompted by the teacher (“Point to the tractor that looks like the one from the book.”), (name) will point to the object, in (4 of 5) reading sessions.

Recognize a Character's Name from a Story

By (date), when verbally asked to make a selection between (2) familiar stories (e.g. “Let’s read the book about the dog, which book is that?”, “Can you get the book about David to read?”), (name) will point to or pick up the correct text, in (4 out of 5) book selections.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Essential Concepts of Print

By (date), given a preferred book (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (5) pages, (name) will independently handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and observably attend to each page (e.g. eye-gazing, pointing, vocalizing) for at least (3) seconds, for (4 out of 5) preferred books.

Make Requests Using Core Vocabulary Words

By (date), while participating in a classroom activity (e.g. shared reading, snack time, art), (name) will make (1) request to an adult or peer using a core vocabulary word (i.e. words that have a functional and academic purpose) through a preferred mode of communication (e.g. vocally, icons, sign language, eye gaze toward word cards), for (4 out of 5) classroom activities.

Find a Picture that Reflects an Action

By (date), after reading a familiar story with a classmate , given (3) illustration choices , and asked (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Which of these pictures shows an action from the story you just read.”), (name) will verbally state the illustration (e.g. “Picture A”), for (4 of 5) fiction story reviews.

Use Visual Headings

By (date), after a picture walk of an informational chapter book with an illustrated table of contents and asked to identify (1) chapter (e.g. “We just explored this book about farm animals. Which chapter is about cows?), (name) will select the chapter from (3) choices in the table of contents, in (4 of 5) chapter identifications.

Recognize a Familiar Person Current Goal

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

Identify Objects by Characteristics

By (date), given a verbal prompt to identify (1) object based on (1) physical characteristic, (name) will select which of (3) of the same objects has the specified characteristic, for (4 out of 5) object selection activities.

Identify a Synonym

By (date), given a written and illustrated word card, and asked to choose which of (3) other written and illustrated word cards has the same meaning as the given word, (name) will select the answer, for (4 out of 5) word comparisons.

Identify Words Associated with Feelings

By (date), when asked to identify which word from a familiar text is associated with a feeling, (name) will choose the answer from (3) written and illustrated word options, for (4 out of 5) vocabulary activities.

Attend to Text Features in a Book

By (date), given a preferred book, (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (10) pages, (name) will handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and independently attend to at least (1) text feature on each page (e.g. words, illustrations) for at least (3) seconds (e.g touching, pointing, eye-gazing, pressing a pre-recorded AAC device), for (8 out of 10) pages or with (80)% accuracy.

Find a Picture that Reflects an Action

By (date), after reading a familiar story with a classmate , given (3) illustration choices , and asked (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Which of these pictures shows an action from the story you just read.”), (name) will verbally state the illustration (e.g. “Picture A”), for (4 of 5) fiction story reviews.

Use Visual Headings

By (date), after a picture walk of an informational chapter book with an illustrated table of contents and asked to identify (1) chapter (e.g. “We just explored this book about farm animals. Which chapter is about cows?), (name) will select the chapter from (3) choices in the table of contents, in (4 of 5) chapter identifications.

Recognize a Familiar Person Current Goal

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

Identify Objects by Characteristics

By (date), given a verbal prompt to identify (1) object based on (1) physical characteristic, (name) will select which of (3) of the same objects has the specified characteristic, for (4 out of 5) object selection activities.

Identify Opposites

By (date), when asked if a pair of written and illustrated words are opposites, (name) will state “yes” or “no,” for (4 out of 5) opposites identification activities.

Make a Comparison

By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally with (1) or more words, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons.

Attend to Text Features in a Book

By (date), given a preferred book, (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (10) pages, (name) will handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and independently attend to at least (1) text feature on each page (e.g. words, illustrations) for at least (3) seconds (e.g touching, pointing, eye-gazing, pressing a pre-recorded AAC device), for (8 out of 10) pages or with (80)% accuracy.

Find a Picture that Reflects an Action

By (date), after reading a familiar story with a classmate , given (3) illustration choices , and asked (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Which of these pictures shows an action from the story you just read.”), (name) will verbally state the illustration (e.g. “Picture A”), for (4 of 5) fiction story reviews.

Use Visual Headings

By (date), after a picture walk of an informational chapter book with an illustrated table of contents and asked to identify (1) chapter (e.g. “We just explored this book about farm animals. Which chapter is about cows?), (name) will select the chapter from (3) choices in the table of contents, in (4 of 5) chapter identifications.

Recognize a Familiar Person Current Goal

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

Identify Objects by Characteristics

By (date), given a verbal prompt to identify (1) object based on (1) physical characteristic, (name) will select which of (3) of the same objects has the specified characteristic, for (4 out of 5) object selection activities.

Attend to Text Features in a Book

By (date), given a preferred book, (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (10) pages, (name) will handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and independently attend to at least (1) text feature on each page (e.g. words, illustrations) for at least (3) seconds (e.g touching, pointing, eye-gazing, pressing a pre-recorded AAC device), for (8 out of 10) pages or with (80)% accuracy.

Sorts Pictures of Things that are Real or Fictional

By (date), given a set of (10) images (e.g., photographs or illustrations) from two categories (e.g., five images of real animals and five images of fictional animals) and a verbal prompt (e.g. “Which one is real? Which one is not real?”), (student) will sort at least (8) images into the correct group: “real” or “not real” for (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Determine a Word's Meaning

By (date), when asked to define a specific word in a familiar text, after (1) guiding question from the teacher, (name) will choose the definition from (3) written and/or verbal definition choices, for (3 out of 3) context clue exercises.

Describe the Meaning of Common Idioms

By (date), immediately after watching a video clip of what each idiom looks like in context (e.g. video of a man paying for a car using a bucket of money with the caption "It costs an arm and a leg"), when given (5) common idioms (e.g. costs an arm and a leg, blessing in disguise, feeling blue), (name) will verbally describe the meaning, using no more than (1) verbal prompts (e.g. Teacher says "Remember what it looked like in the video") and verbal choices (e.g. Teacher says "When something costs an arm and a leg, it means it is expensive or cheap?") in (3 of 5) idioms, for (4 of 5) idiom activities.

Identify an Antonym or Synonym

By (date), during a read aloud of a familiar text, when verbally prompted by the teacher to identify (1) synonym or (1) antonym of a given word, (name) will select (e.g. point, state, eye gaze) a written and illustrated word choice from (3) options, for (4 out of 5) synonyms or antonyms.

Select Content-Specific Vocabulary

By (date), when given a previously-taught topic (e.g. weather, animal behaviors, money) and a bank of (5) related and unrelated words, (name) will circle the words related to the topic, for (3 out of 3) content-specific vocabulary exercises.

Sorts Pictures of Things that are Real or Fictional

By (date), given a set of (10) images (e.g., photographs or illustrations) from two categories (e.g., five images of real animals and five images of fictional animals) and a verbal prompt (e.g. “Which one is real? Which one is not real?”), (student) will sort at least (8) images into the correct group: “real” or “not real” for (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Determine a Word's Meaning

By (date), when asked to define a specific word in a familiar text, after (1) guiding question from the teacher, (name) will choose the definition from (3) written and/or verbal definition choices, for (3 out of 3) context clue exercises.

Describe the Meaning of Common Idioms

By (date), immediately after watching a video clip of what each idiom looks like in context (e.g. video of a man paying for a car using a bucket of money with the caption "It costs an arm and a leg"), when given (5) common idioms (e.g. costs an arm and a leg, blessing in disguise, feeling blue), (name) will verbally describe the meaning, using no more than (1) verbal prompts (e.g. Teacher says "Remember what it looked like in the video") and verbal choices (e.g. Teacher says "When something costs an arm and a leg, it means it is expensive or cheap?") in (3 of 5) idioms, for (4 of 5) idiom activities.

Identify an Antonym or Synonym

By (date), during a read aloud of a familiar text, when verbally prompted by the teacher to identify (1) synonym or (1) antonym of a given word, (name) will select (e.g. point, state, eye gaze) a written and illustrated word choice from (3) options, for (4 out of 5) synonyms or antonyms.

Select Content-Specific Vocabulary

By (date), when given a previously-taught topic (e.g. weather, animal behaviors, money) and a bank of (5) related and unrelated words, (name) will circle the words related to the topic, for (3 out of 3) content-specific vocabulary exercises.

Sorts Pictures of Things that are Real or Fictional

By (date), given a set of (10) images (e.g., photographs or illustrations) from two categories (e.g., five images of real animals and five images of fictional animals) and a verbal prompt (e.g. “Which one is real? Which one is not real?”), (student) will sort at least (8) images into the correct group: “real” or “not real” for (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Determine a Word's Meaning

By (date), when asked to define a specific word in a familiar text, after (1) guiding question from the teacher, (name) will choose the definition from (3) written and/or verbal definition choices, for (3 out of 3) context clue exercises.

Describe the Meaning of Common Idioms

By (date), immediately after watching a video clip of what each idiom looks like in context (e.g. video of a man paying for a car using a bucket of money with the caption "It costs an arm and a leg"), when given (5) common idioms (e.g. costs an arm and a leg, blessing in disguise, feeling blue), (name) will verbally describe the meaning, using no more than (1) verbal prompts (e.g. Teacher says "Remember what it looked like in the video") and verbal choices (e.g. Teacher says "When something costs an arm and a leg, it means it is expensive or cheap?") in (3 of 5) idioms, for (4 of 5) idiom activities.

Identify an Antonym or Synonym

By (date), during a read aloud of a familiar text, when verbally prompted by the teacher to identify (1) synonym or (1) antonym of a given word, (name) will select (e.g. point, state, eye gaze) a written and illustrated word choice from (3) options, for (4 out of 5) synonyms or antonyms.

Select Content-Specific Vocabulary

By (date), when given a previously-taught topic (e.g. weather, animal behaviors, money) and a bank of (5) related and unrelated words, (name) will circle the words related to the topic, for (3 out of 3) content-specific vocabulary exercises.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Referenced Strategies

  • Visual Cueing

    Visual Cueing is a nonverbal communication tool that conveys messages to an audience through body movements, hand gestures, facial expressio...

  • Verbal Prompting

    A verbal prompt is an auditory cue that can be used in the classroom to increase the likelihood that the student will respond appropriately ...

  • Online Tools

    Educational websites and apps can support student engagement and provide individualized practice spaces to work on academic skills. Teachers...

  • Preferred Topic or Text

    Allowing students to select a preferred topic or text for a project increases engagement and balances the cognitive load when students are l...

  • Picture Choices

    A type of communication that allows students to respond using a picture, symbol, or illustration. Picture choices can be used for multiple c...

  • Adaptive Switches

    Adaptive Switches are access devices that enable people with significant motor limitations to use technology or operate other electronic dev...