By Miss Marriott
Developing language is currently a main focus – so using ‘Traction Man Meets Turbodog’ By Mini Grey, has been an effective, engaging book – full of brilliant vocabulary.
To internalise the text, I taught the children how to retell the story using Makaton signs. I have recently received Makaton training Â and this is something I thoroughly enjoyed Â – so why not learn to retell stories using it? Additionally, I used Makaton symbols for my Storyboard and Story Map. Using the same signing system and drawing the same symbols throughout school, I believe, will increase consistency.
As you will see I’m developing my knowledge of Makaton symbols so not every picture is a Makaton symbol.
Here I am retelling the story of Traction Man and Turbo Dog using Makaton:
This video shows a group of Year two children retelling the story using Makaton:
Check out these Story Maps created by the children to ‘Immerse’ the story.
Knowing the objectives were speech and synonyms for the word ‘said’, I stumbled upon this fantastic activity byÂ clairelotriet.comÂ – usingÂ www.ifaketext.comÂ to create a Text Message dialogue. Bringing a familiar messaging system into the classroom, instantly grabbed their attention. I told the children Traction Man had text me, asked if we had seen Scrubbing Brush, having a two way conversation. I challenged the children to think about different words for ‘said’ – which they linked to the speech bubbles. Later using the vocabulary for independent writing.
Here is the two way conversation!
Here is some of the work the children produced: