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AAC Vocabulary in Nature Learning: Turtles

AAC Vocabulary in Nature Learning: Turtles

Nathaniel and I have welcomed spring by learning about turtles this month. I like to select one animal that we might find in our backyard or on a nature walk and incorporate as much language as possible into our learning. This graphic gives a quick summary of the AAC core and fringe vocabulary that we used for some of the activites we enjoyed together this month.

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Small World Play
Nathaniel loved playing with the turtles, sand, and pretend water. See links to the supplies I used below. I reuse the wood boxes that Melissa and Doug toys are sold in to contain our small worlds.


Supplies used to create the small world:

Science Study Turtle Skeleton and Morphology
This printable and a magnifying glass provided lots of exploration. Feel free to print your own copy of our Turtle Skeleton and Morphology sheet here

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Shared Reading and Math Connection Books
These three texts were our favorites as we learned about turtles.

Alfie: The Turtle that Disappeared is a sweet story about a little girl who gets a turtle for her sixth birthday. The story is told both from Nia and Alfie's perspectives.
Core Vocabulary: go, find, come, it
Fringe Vocabulary: present, birthday, sad, lost

Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond offers a twist on the typical counting book - backwards from ten! The books provides a nice review of other animals we might see in our area with a brief paragraph on each at the end of the story. Also included is information on how to make leaf prints.
Core Vocabulary: get, off, down, in
Fringe Vocabulary: number names, log, frog, rabbit, squirrel, deer, mallard duck, polliwog, butterfly, chickadee, mosquitoes, fireflies

The simple text of My First Pet Turtles offers good science information about a turtle's needs and caring for the animal.
Core Vocabulary: like, need, what, it
Fringe Vocabulary: warm, water, food, mud, earthworm

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