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Thanksgiving Perspective Taking Read A-loud. A great storybook to use for the Thanksgiving season to teach perspective taking is called, Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler and Frank Ansley, (2002). This is a story about 2 turkey brothers, Turk, the biggest, strongest and most graceful bird on the farm, and Runt, his waif-like brother. When people with seasonal plans for basting and roasting big birds come to the farm, only Runt knows the people’s real agenda. Turk and his parents are sure people are there to choose him for more glamorous (and living) reasons. This is a story where one character “knows” something that the other characters do not. This scenario is a great context to use small cut out thinking bubbles on the pages to contrast what each character knows. Also, ask students questions about what evidence or “clues” from the story and non-verbal communication from the illustration supports their story predictions. The final page of the book also has a wonderful inferencing opportunity for students. Check out a small file with Social Thinking questions under the new webpage, SmartBoard, on this site.
Halloween Perspective Taking: Open these cute photo files of cats and dogs all dressed up in Halloween costumes. Print each photo and glue 2 small “thinking bubbles” extending from each pet’s head. Students should think of 2 different thoughts the pet might be having. By asking the child to think of 2 different thoughts, you are expanding their perspective taking skills, but also working on cognitive flexibility. Is the child able to think of 2 distinct thought ideas, or do they get stuck on one line of thinking? Have fun!
Social Inference Questions corresponding the the book: The Problem with Pumpkins by Barney Saltzberg. This is a story about an exuberant hippo and a persnickety rabbit who are the best of friends. Their friendship is tested when they stop speakingto each other over a Halloween costume dilemma!
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