1st Grade - Staying On Topic

Listening and Speaking
Staying on topic
Stay on topic when speaking.
The student will be able to remain focused and stay on topic when speaking.

Building Blocks/Prerequisites


Sample Problems


Describe the beginning of the story.


Explain what happens in the middle of the story.


Tell me what happens at the end of the story.


Discuss where your favorite animal lives.


Share with a friend what activity you will do after school.

Learning Tips


Sequencing Card Mystery: For this activity you can use sequencing cards. These types of cards may be purchased at your local educational supply store or you can also make them yourself (using 3-4 pictures to represent different activities). To practice this particular skill, start off by providing you child with a set of three sequencing cards (all for the same activity). Next, ask them to place the cards in the correct order. When they have accomplished this, ask them to verbally explain what is happening in that particular situation. Another variation of this activity would be to place a card that does not belong in with the other set of cards. Ask them to determine which card does not belong and have them explain n why it does not belong.


Situation Cards: For this activity you will need a marker and some blank index cards. On these index cards you will need to write simple scenarios. Some of these situations may include discussing getting ready for school, playing at recess, participating in a sporting event, etc. With each situation, have the description be open ended, so that your child can add their own information to it. After your child has read the scenario out loud, ask them to expand on the situation and make sure they stay on topic.


What's Next? For this activity you will need an assortment of pictures that show people doing activities (camping, swimming, eating, playing, etc). Verbally discuss what is occurring in each picture. Then ask your child to continue the dialog as to what could happen next. Monitor to make sure that your child is staying on topic as it relates to the picture shown.


What's Missing? You will need to obtain blank white paper, pencils, and crayons for this activity. Begin by assisting your child in folding their paper into four equal sections. Next, brainstorm ideas of activities they like to participate in or places they enjoy visiting. Discuss how they could depict the activity of their choice into 4 separate pictures. Have them draw the activity in the 4 different boxes on their sheet of paper. Discuss what is happening in each picture and monitor the dialog to ensure they are staying on topic.


What Doesn't Belong? For this activity you can use either pictures or scenarios written on index cards. You will show your child a picture of something (person, place, activity). Next, your child will be shown two more pictures. One will be associated with the first picture or scenario and the other will not belong. Your child will need to determine which picture or scenario is not related and discuss why they chose to remove it.

Extra Help Problems


Pick your favorite farm animal. Write 3 sentences about it.


Who is your best friend? Write two sentences about this person.


What is your favorite food? Describe it.


Think of an animal that lives in the jungle. Write 3 sentences about it.


Think of your favorite activity to do with your family. Discuss it with your partner. Make sure you stay on topic.


Where is your favorite place to go? Draw a picture of it and then discuss it with a friend.


Remember the last time you went to a party. What happened?


Think of your favorite movie. Recall what happens and discuss it with a neighbor.


Imagine you go to the grocery store with your mom. What would happen on this trip? Write 3 sentences about this experience.


What is your favorite story? Tell your partner what it is and why this story is your favorite.


Draw a picture of your bedroom. Tell a friend 3 things about your room.


What sports do you like to play? Pick one, draw a picture of you doing this activity, and then discuss it with a friend.


Imagine you go on a trip to the beach. Draw a picture and write 3 sentences about what happens on this trip.


Think of a time you have gone to the park. Write 2 sentences on your experience and share your story with your partner.


Recall your favorite holiday. Draw a picture of where you celebrated, who you were with, and what you were doing. Share your picture with an adult and discuss the experience.


Imagine you take a ride on a train. Where do you go? Draw a picture; write 3 sentences about your trip, then discuss the trip with a friend.


Pretend you go for an adventure on an airplane. Where do you go? Tell a partner about your trip.


What do you do after school each day? Draw a picture and write 2 sentences about your activities.


What is your favorite game to play? Write about it and share your work with an adult. Discuss why you like this game and who you play with.


Look at the picture below. Describe it and write what you think could happen next.


Think about your favorite thing to do at school. Tell a friend what it is and why you like it.


What do you do when you wake up in the morning? Draw what you do in the four squares below. Label each picture and discuss it with a friend.


Imagine you want to surprise your mom. What would you do? Write 3 sentences about the surprise and draw a matching picture.


Pretend you go for an adventure in a submarine. What do you see? What happens? Share your adventure with a grown up.


Pretend you are a cat for a day. What happens? Draw a picture, write 3 sentences about your adventures, and share them with a friend.


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