First off, what are adapted books?
They are books that focus on a specific skill and are made to be interactive. They have tactile pieces for the students to use. On each page, the students have to move a piece, so it requires a higher level of active engagement for your students to learn. Adapted books are great for many different types of learners.
Here are some examples of them in my classroom!
Use them in reading groups to support the general education curriculum
I use adapted books to support what is being taught to all students in the classroom. However, many of these topics have too many vocabulary words or are very high level thinking. I take the general concept and key takeaways I want the students to learn and find adapted books all about them.
For example, in CKLA kindergarten, students learn all about plants and plant life. This can be a lot for some students. I use these adapted books to align to the curriculum, but to be at a lower level. The students love them and learn the important facts!
Use them in math groups
Adapted books are great for math as well! I love that having the pieces give students options. They can complete the task on a page (example: counting the pictures) and then they have to choose the correct number to pair with it. The options allow students to demonstrate what they know receptively, which, many times, is easier for students.
Use them to grow independence and collect data
Once you teach a skill, students can use adapted books on their own to practice it. I enjoy putting them into group rotations, at an independent center. The students know how to complete this task, they can practice the skill and they are growing independence! The best part through, since they put the piece into the book, you can see if they are understanding the concept and collect data after they are done! How great is that?
Use them to make your classroom even more inclusive
Adapted books are not only for the students with disabilities. Put them under a projector and have the entire class work on completing them. I have found kids love to do this because typical students want to know what their friends are doing. They are interested and when providing it to the entire class, it shows it is for everyone. This will not bring down your classroom content, because it can be used as review and discussions can occur to increase the vocabulary and comprehension levels.
Are you wondering where to find adapted books? Unsure of what you should cover? Feel free to check out some of mine that I use with my students!
Let me know in the comments how you use them in your room!