Friday, March 22, 2013

Target Language Skills with Mr. Gumpy

I've used John Burningham's predictable book, Mr. Gumpy's Outing, in therapy many times. It's a simple book about children and animals who take a ride in Mr. Gumpy's boat. 

Use the book in therapy with students in preschool and primary grades. 
  • Talk about words, introduce synonyms, and practice verb tense.  
  • Demonstrate and talk about the verbs kick, trample, flap, bleat, muck, tease, chase, hop, squabble, and tip.  
  • Define bank, outing and tea
  • Explore rivers on maps, in books, and on the Internet. 
  • Share experiences by talking about outings.

Sequence story pictures and retell the story.

Practice describing animals seen in the story. Use the sequencing pictures or story props described above as visual supports. 
  • Use at least two attributes to describe (A calf is a baby cow and lives on a farm., Chickens lay eggs and have feathers., Sheep bleat and have wool., etc.).
  • Match animal parts to animal pictures. Use possessive -s in response to Whose ears are these? or Whose wool is this? Download my free PowerPoint Whose Parts Do You See? 
  • Play a guessing game. Ask questions such as I am thinking about an animal that bleats. What is it? or I am thinking of an animal that has long ears. What is it? 

More links:

Find good writing and other literacy activities for Mr. Gumpy's Outing at Teaching Ideas

Download the lapbook at Home School Share for ideas applying to many school subjects. 



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1 comment:

  1. Wow, what an extensive resource list! I'm going to have to get this book now!! Thanks for the recommendation!


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