I have been working on some new social pragmatic cards. I found that most of my social pragmatic cards did not have answers included. I needed cards that students could use in small group activities and would have an answer they could discuss if an adult wasn’t with their group to get them thinking. I also wanted to use them for role playing. I found that students really enjoyed video taping themselves and viewing themselves. However a written prompt was needed for some students. Students will be told that the answer is a possible answer and there may be more than one possible answer in some cases.
These cards were made for my students in 3rd through 6th grade. I tried to include some more difficult scenarios that would be beyond the school environment. Some of my older students need to spread their wings a bit more.
I included 12 cards for download here and under Social Language. There are 20 more at the TPT store.
This week I have been working with a group of young boys that are working on pragmatic language skills. They are having difficulty determining when a statement is positive or negative and are equating statements with math concepts. If it is true then of course it is positive. They are not comprehending that some true statements can actually be quite hurtful and not a positive experience for the person who hears them. I’ve decided we really need to explore this much further.
I prepared a lesson and thought that maybe some of you would like to use it as well. I prepared a list of statements that can be differentiated as being positive or negative. We will talk about how a negative statement can be turned around to be more positive. I may use the glass is half empty or is it half full analogy. I also have my demonstration spatula I use as a prop to encourage flipping the pancake. We will talk about times in which a true statement should be left in the mind and not verbalized. We will also explore what effect a different intonation pattern may make on a statement. The statements are ready to be cut out and put into a grab bag. You can find them in the social language section and here.