One of the recommendations in The Oral Language Book is Home-talk activities as an alternative to traditional homework. Here are two activity examples:

In the box

An idea that works well at the beginning of the year is an In the box activity (page 129, The Oral Language Book). For this activity, students prepare a box of items to introduce themselves to the class.

Fridge words

Another activity in the vocabulary chapter is Fridge words (page 63). This activity sheet is designed to go on the fridge. Families can then talk about and use the words on the list during the week.

Ten questions to ask your family at the dinner table

This is a great Home-talk activity. Students could work in pairs to answer some of the questions, then come up with a list of questions that they can ask at the dinner table or another setting.

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