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Play Ball!

Stage One
Use Single Words

Stage One Plans
Use Single Words
Add More Words


The student will use single core words.

 Let's Play Flipbook


Striped Ball

Go/Stop - Use these words while bouncing your student on larger exercise balls.

Up - Model and use this word while throwing a ball up in the air.

Big/Little - Allow your student to make choices about the size of ball with which to play.

In/Out - Teach these prepositions while getting in/out of a ball pit.

Go Fast/Slow - Use this phrase when bouncing on large exercise balls or throwing a ball fast/slow.

My Turn, Get On/Off - Use these phrases when your student gets on and off a large exercise ball.

Get In/Out - Target these phrases when getting in or out of a ball pit.

Go Under - Use this phrase when submerging yourselves in a ball pit.


toy box

Read the book “Let’s Play.” Encourage your student to find the words as they appear in the story.

Red words are from the 20 Word Starter set; yellow words are others you may decide to teach as well. Model the words the student can’t find.




Use the included writing template with your student.  Talk about the sport associated wtih each picture of a different kind of ball and ask them to find a word on their talker to describe the sport.  

Connect the device to the computer using a USB cable or Bluetooth adaptor. Let the student use his/her device to write the target vocabulary. Be sure to make the font large. Print out the words for your student.

If you are using WordPower (Saltillo or TouchChat), save the person’s writing using Stories and Scripts within the vocabulary.  Learn more about this feature here



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Print out the icon cards for the Muffin Tin game. Place each card in the bottom of one of the muffin cups. Have the student bounce a ping pong ball or other small ball into the muffin tin. The student can then find the icon on his/her device. You can challenge the student by asking him/her to use the word in a short phrase or sentence.

Inflate the beach ball (you can find inexpensive ones at the Dollar Store). Using a permanent marker, write the target vocabulary words on the ball – be sure to space them out. Play catch with your student. When the student catches the ball, he/she will then find the word that his/her pointer finger is closest to. You can model words when you catch the ball as well. You can challenge the student by asking him/her to use the word in a short phrase or sentence.

Write target vocabulary words on ping pong balls with a permanent marker. Place on a tray in a ring made from the paper towel roll. The students can move the balls around and find the words on their devices. Have your student put two words together and see if the phrase makes sense. This is an exploration game. Another variation is to fill the tray with the empty rolls. Students can find a word on the device and then try to bounce the ball so it lands in a ring.


 Homework Card

Can-Do Cards are fun, motivational activities the entire family can do to help your child improve their communication skills. Most activities will fit nicely into your daily family routines.

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Use Single Words

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Add More Words

Select if you’re proficient at this objective and ready to move onto the next objective

Common Core Standards
Below are references to the Common Core Standards organized by grade level and associated with the goals and objectives of this lesson plan. When considering which standards to target in your lessons with students, begin by looking at the standards at your student’s grade level. You may need to refer to that same standard at a lower grade level to adapt your lesson to best meet the needs of your student.