This literacy resource is aimed at pupils in younger classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties. It consists of 24 question cards where the answer is simply “Yes” or “No”. Half of the questions require a “yes” answer and half require a “no” answer. All of the questions in this pack are based on an animal theme – they ask questions about domestic and wild animals and birds.
Cut up the sheets into 24 separate cards and laminate the cards. This pack could be an ideal activity for a literacy station. A pack of six sets could be put together, one for each pupil in the group, to be completed at a literacy station.
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 “Does a robin live in a hive?” and the pupil answers “No”, then the teacher can follow up by asking “Who lives in a hive?” or “Where does the robin live?” or “What does a robin look like?”
This resource could be used with individual pupils in a special class setting, with pupils working with LS/Resource teacher or during an oral work station in Station Teaching.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but who can read and comprehend, therefore it is a way for them to demonstrate this understanding and comprehension. It is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
This pack could be split into two separate packs of twelve 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 currently working on.
This activity would also work well as an independent task to be completed by the pupil in their work station.