With thanks to Super Teacher Worksheets, my student who struggled to generate adjectives has made phenomenal progress! He can now generate up to 25+ adjectives in about 2 minutes on people and animals, his two toughest topics. The matching worksheets I generated were extremely effective, along with verbal timed practice.
We are moving on to the next goal: improving his ability to generate character traits, which is a significant weakness for him. Like many twice exceptional students, he has unique strengths and weaknesses which often cause him to feel invalidated, anxious, and stupid at school. Despite his strong reasoning skills, he simply can’t think of words that describe characters. These traits are in his receptive vocabulary, but he struggles to “find” them when he is writing or even talking about characters. Since he has a terrific memory, I am using the Super Teacher Worksheets flashcard generator to improve his fluency in using these words in sentences. Here’s a sample page of flashcards; I could have chosen one of many colors as a border but this color matches the game board I created.
I created a simple game board illustrated with one of his favorite interests. Using a die which has only the numbers 1 and 2 (so that we’ll get LOTS of turns!), he and I will draw a flashcard and use one of the following models with the selected character trait: “He was so ____ that he ____” OR “He was always ___ so he ____.” (I would use “she” with a girl.)
I am confident that he will start to recall character traits more easily with this type of interesting (and competitive) practice. I’ll keep you posted!
In previous posts, I described the writing struggles of Tony, a twice exceptional student with a remarkable memory and tremendous anxiety about writing. In November, I started systematic instruction on adjectives, making use of the worksheet generators on Super Teacher Worksheets. I have created matching worksheets beginning with general adjectives which would match a variety of people (such as young, nervous, silly) and progressing to more specific adjectives. Here’s a sample:
In my last update at the beginning of December, Tony was able to generate between 3 and 14 adjectives about objects in three minutes. (He especially enjoys timed challenges.) His ability to describe people was a particular weakness, so our last few sessions have focused descriptions of characters.
During our last session, Tony’s responses demonstrated the effectiveness of our work. He generated as many as 28 adjectives to describe people, with an average of 24. He also did that in TWO minutes time, not three. You rock, Tony!
In a previous post, I elaborated on a strategy I was using to support a student with writing difficulties. This student is Tony, my twice exceptional kiddo. He continues to struggle with the writing process, specifically when trying to generate ideas. After we discussed his writing graphs, in conjunction with my observation of his work and verbal interactions, I decided to address his weakness in generating adjectives. He has a fantastic memory, so I want to avoid simple memorization tasks. On the other hand, he needs a repertoire of adjectives which can be recalled fairly easily. I know he will be asking his brain to retrieve this information when he is highly stressed, so Tony does need to overlearn some adjectives. Currently, his preferred adjectives are ‘fun,’ ‘nice’ and ‘annoying.’ Interesting combo.
I am using three activities for practice: matching worksheets, timed verbal responses to a category (such as ‘buses’), and Quizlet, where he must match adjectives to nouns. Here’s an example of his first effort with adjective matching (created on Super Teacher Worksheets):
We previewed all the words on the paper first; it took him 75 seconds to complete the page with multiple errors. (Note the quality of his lines. You can see the unsteadiness/weakness in his graphomotor skills.) On a second sheet, Tony completed the paper in 60 seconds with fewer errors.
Tony’s verbal production of adjectives is consistent with his efforts on the matching worksheets. Since he is a HUGE fan of timed activities, he is allowed three minutes to generate words that describe familiar nouns. His scores range from 6 to 14. I allow a maximum of three color words and his three favorites (above) are not allowed at all. He thinks that’s a bit mean.
FInally, he is matching adjectives and nouns on Quizlet, which is a way for him to overlearn some paired associations. With his spectacular memory and love of timed activities, Quizlet’s Scatter game is a perfect match for him.
Will these strategies help Tony when he writes descriptive paragraphs? Will they reduce the mental effort and working memory he must now exert? Will they improve his confidence in generating descriptive words? I’ll keep you posted.
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I have been using this site for a few years now. The addition of “generators” for creating your own worksheets, flashcards, and games has made this site even more user-friendly. I routinely make bingo cards for a variety of reading and math activities. I have used worksheet generators on other cites, but Super Teacher Worksheets makes it quick and easily individualized. They print out beautifully and can be saved (and easily edited) in “My File Cabinet.” One advantage of playing a bingo game one-on-one (or in a small group) is that the student is actively involved for each turn because they read the answer cards. Here’s an example of bingo game calling cards and the playing cards themselves.
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