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    Food Description Bingo

    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

    Lesson Overview

    Using Stages Bingo sets provides children an opportunity to build various language skills through seeing and hearing new vocabulary words. 



    • Recognizing and naming familiar foods
    • Building descriptive vocabulary. Recognizing foods by description and providing basic descriptions for foods.  


    • Stages "Fun Food" Bingo
    • Real food examples such as raisins, apples, cheese, carrots, pineapples, etc. Make sure to find foods that match with foods on the cards. 


    *Lesson parts can be completed together or in isolation. The parts of the lesson are meant to build on each other.


    Part 1 – Practicing describing words with real objects

    Show students real examples of two different foods. Start by talking about the color of the objects. Teacher can use one of the food objects to model and student can practice with the other food.  Teacher can model by discussing different attributes of the food (size, shape, texture, etc). Start by having the student provide one describing word. Try and build on the number of describing words for each different food.


    Part 2 – Recognizing objects by the description

    Teacher will provide student with bingo playing card. As teacher will call out description of the food rather than food name. Student will have to use the description to find the correct food on their bingo card. Continue game until student wins.


    Part 3 – Providing descriptions for objects

    Teacher will provide student with bingo playing card. Teacher will call out the name of the food. If the student has that food on the card, they must provide one word description of the food before they can put the marker down.  Continue game until student wins.


    *Teachers can differentiate by having students provide more descriptive word.

    **Assessment is built into activity.

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    Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Written by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Lindsey Dunn received her BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in literacy and teaching English as a second language. After graduating, she began teaching in an inclusive kindergarten setting in Katy Independent School District, a leader in educational technology implementation. During her time as a teacher, Lindsey worked on modifying various educational technologies to meet the range of needs of her younger learners. In 2013 she completed her Ed.M at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Technology, Innovation, and Education. Following her time at Harvard, she completed a graduate school fellowship with Education Pioneers, a program geared towards training leaders to transforms the education section. As an Education Pioneer Fellow, Lindsey worked with STEMscopes, a science curriculum publisher, based out of Rice University in Houston Texas. During her summer she facilitated over eighty-five prekindergarten through twelfth grade teachers through the training and development of a new curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Lindsey has also consulted with large educational publishers and video game designers on effective learning design.