Friday, March 15, 2013

Communication Cards Activity - Rules by Cynthia Lord

Rules Communication Cards Activity from Ms. Scarborough on Vimeo.

In the book Rules by Cynthia Lord, Jason had a disability that left him unable to speak.  He used a communication book with word cards to talk.  I asked my students to step into Jason's shoes to discover new insights by using communication cards to communicate for just five minutes.  Prior to the activity students' created communication cards they believed Jason should have had and they would need to carry a conversation. After the activity the kids reflected on the experience the following questions:  Catherine sometimes struggles to find the right words for Jason.  How did you feel when you were thinking of words for your cards?  Explain why you felt that way.  Describe at least two of the challenges you faced while using the cards to communicate.  When you were using the cards to communicate, which words did you need that you didn't have?  Do you think this activity helped you understand how it feels to be Jason?  Explain why or why not with at least two reasons.

Reflection Questions


  1. Well done, everyone! I loved seeing this video and reading your thoughts. :)

    As Jason would say, AWESOME!

    Cynthia Lord, author of Rules

    1. Dear Cynthia,
      What a wonderful surprise to know you saw our class video using communication cards like Jason. It's a real honor to have your stamp of approval. We are huge fans of your work! Rules is one of our favorite books for third grade. I checked out your website and learned that you you used to write for educational publishers. Can you tell me more about this?
      Stephanie Scarborough