Greenhouse Publications provides learn-to-read materials for special education, as well as communication boards for hospital workers and first responders.
The Ups and Downs of Opposites
In the 'Ups and Downs of Opposites', two sentences on each page give examples of pairs of opposites. (ex: The dishes are dirty. The clothes are clean.)Students match the pictures, identify, and label them. They then put the appropriate pictures and words together. (ex: Dishes with dirty, clothes with clean, etc). Students read the sentences with the pictures, then without the pictures, and finally with all the sentences mixed up to make sure students are truely reading. Another fun activity is to take one picture of each set, (ex. keep the "clean" card and put the "dirty" card away) then put the cards face down. Have the child randomly pick up a card, label it and then tell you the opposite. The pictures represent examples of opposites. You can also ask the students to give you other examples of the same concept.(ex. The nut is hard. The feather is soft. Can you tell me something else that is hard? Soft?)
Extra Picture Cards can be used to replace lost or damaged cards, can be placed in AAC devices for communication or used to create new sentences and games!