This resource is aimed at junior/middle pupils or SEN pupils. It is an activity for pupils who may eat inappropriate things or put them in their mouth. There are twenty cards in this pack, four per A4 page. Half of the images require a yes response with the other half requiring a no response. The “yes” and “no” is on the right or the left on alternate cards. Images include: burger, hot dog, paint, dandelion, sun cream, wrap, money, plant, chips etc.
The cards pose a simple question: “Can you eat this?” to which the answer is simply “Yes” or “No”.
Cut up the sheets into twenty separate cards, laminate each of the cards individually and mix them up.
Pupils should read the question on the top of each card if they are able and indicate whether they agree or disagree with the question by placing a clothes peg on either the “yes” or “no”. Alternatively, the teacher/SNA/supporting adult could read the question to the pupil and ask them to place the clothes peg on the correct answer at the bottom of the card.
Yes/No games may be a challenge for pupils with language impairments and yet they present the pupil with great learning opportunities. When the pupil answers the question it gives an opportunity for a conversation to open up between the child and the teacher/SNA/supporting adult based on the answer. So, if the question is “Can you eat this?” with an image of paint, and the pupil answers “No”, then the teacher can follow up by asking “Why not?” or “What would happen if you did eat it?”
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but can give a yes/no response using clothes pegs. It is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
This resource could be used with individual pupils in a special class setting, with pupils working with LS/Resource teacher or during a language station in Literacy Station Teaching where each pupil in the group is provided with a set of these cards.
We frequently gave activities such as this for homework to our SEN pupils. It gave them the sense that they had homework like everyone else and it also allowed the parents to see what language topic we were working on.
Activities such as these were also used as Independent work completed by SEN pupils in their work station.
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