Content and activities

See and Learn Sentences 1 builds teaching activities around a series of 25 carefully structured and graded, short reading books that present new vocabulary, sight words and grammar rules. New vocabulary and sight words are taught and rehearsed using familiar matching and selecting activities. Word order and grammar rules are presented in reading books and practised in a sentence building activity.

Content

See and Learn Sentences 1 includes reading books, picture cards, sight word cards, sentence picture cards and sentence cards.

Reading books

The 25 reading books in See and Learn Sentences 1 are ordered, with later books building on the vocabulary and grammar presented in earlier books. The books are therefore taught in sequence with children working through the teaching activities with the vocabulary, sight words and grammar rules from one reading book at a time.

In See and Learn Sentences 1, we use reading books to introduce new vocabulary as well as new sight words and sentence structures. New vocabulary is introduced in themed books – for example "Outside", "At home" and "Look at the animals". Grammar rules are introduced in books with repeated examples of specific rules – for example, "Girls and boys" (plural -s ending and is/are) and "Look at the girl and the boy" (personal pronouns he/she).

The reading books increase in difficulty in small steps. They start at level 2 and progress to level 8 using the Hatcher grading scheme adopted by the Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI).

Outside

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary leaf, moon, park, pool, rain, rock, sky, snow, sun, water
Sight words a, is, leaf, moon, park, pool, rain, rock, sky, snow, sun, the, This, water
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary and sight words associated with the theme "outside"
  • Teach the carrier phrase "This is"
  • Illustrate the use of the definite article "the" and the indefinite article "a"
  • Illustrate that no article is used with mass nouns ("snow", "water" and "rain")
  • Illustrate the rules that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop

How do you feel?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary cold, dry, happy, hot, hungry, hurt, sad, thirsty, tired, wet
Sight words am, cold, dry, happy, hot, hungry, hurt, I, sad, thirsty, tired, wet
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary (adjectives) and sight words that describe how we feel
  • Teach the carrier phrase "I am" as a way to say how we feel
  • Teach the personal pronoun "I"
  • Illustrate that quotation marks indicate when someone is saying something
  • Illustrate the rules that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop

The body

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary arm, eyes, face, foot, hand, head, leg, mouth, nose, teeth
Sight words arm, at, eyes, face, foot, hand, head, leg, Look, mouth, nose, teeth, the
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary and sight words for parts of the body
  • Teach the carrier phrase "Look at…"
  • Continue to illustrate the use of the definite article "the"
  • Continue to illustrate the rule that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop

What to you like?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary books, grapes, milk, park, pizza, pool, puzzle, sandwiches, snow, toys
Sight words a, books, grapes, I, like, milk, park, pizza, pool, puzzle, sandwiches, snow, the, toys
Goals
  • Teach and reinforce new vocabulary and sight words for things we might like
  • Teach the carrier phrase "I like…" as a way of saying what we like
  • Continue to teach the personal pronoun "I"
  • Continue to illustrate the use of the definite article "the" and the indefinite article "a",
  • Continue to illustrate that no article is used with mass nouns
  • Continue to illustrate that quotation marks indicate when someone is saying something from their point of view

Look at the animals

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary bee, bird, elephant, fish, frog, lion, mouse, owl, spider, tiger
Sight words at, bee, bird, elephant, fish, frog, lion, Look, mouse, owl, spider, the, tiger
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary and sight words for animals
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "Look at"
  • Continue to illustrate the rule that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop
  • Illustrate that we use the definite article "the" when we are referring to a specific example of something ("Look at the lion" rather than "Look at a lion")

At home

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary bath, bathroom, bed, bedroom, door, floor, garden, gate, house, kitchen
Sight words a, bath, bathroom, bed, bedroom, door, floor, garden, gate, house, is, kitchen, This
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary and sight words for things we find at home
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "This is"
  • Continue to illustrate the rule that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop
  • Illustrate that we use the indefinite article "a" when we are not referring to a specific example of something ("This is a bath" rather than "This is the bath")

Here is

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary blanket, bottle, clock, comb, crayon, knife, pillow, puzzle, shirt, toy
Sight words a, blanket, bottle, clock, comb, crayon, Here, is, knife, pillow, puzzle, shirt, toy
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary and sight words for some common items
  • Teach the carrier phrase "Here is"
  • Continue to illustrate the rule that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop
  • Continue to illustrate that we use the indefinite article "a" when we are not referring to a specific example of something ("Here is a blanket" rather than "Here is the blanket")

Girls and boys

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary boy, boys, building, drawing, girl, girls, reading, walking
Sight words are, boy, boys, building, drawing, girl, girls, is, reading, The, walking
Goals
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words
  • Teach the rule that we usually add an "s" to a noun when referring to more than one thing ("girl"-"girls", "boy"-"boys")
  • Teach the rule that we say "is" when referring to a single person and that we say "are" when referring to more than one person
  • Teach the agent-action sentence structure ("The [agent] is [action]")

What are you doing?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary cooking, dancing, drawing, hugging, kicking, painting, playing, singing, washing, writing
Sight words am, cooking, dancing, drawing, hugging, I, kicking, painting, playing, singing, washing, writing
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary (verbs) and sight words for things children often do
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "I am" as a way to say what we are doing
  • Continue to teach the personal pronoun "I"
  • Continue to illustrate that quotation marks indicate when someone is saying something from their point of view

What do you like doing?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary building, cooking, dancing, drawing, painting, playing, singing, splashing, walking, writing
Sight words building, cooking, dancing, drawing, I, like, painting, playing, singing, splashing, walking, writing
Goals
  • Teach new vocabulary (verbs) and sight words for things children often do
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "I like" as a way to say what we like doing
  • Continue to teach the personal pronoun "I"
  • Continue to illustrate that quotation marks indicate when someone is saying something from their point of view

Where are they?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary bike, boy, bus, car, garden, girl, in, lady, man, on
Sight words bike, boy, bus, car, garden, girl, in, is, lady, man, on, the, The
Goals
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words for places we can be, including the prepositions "in" and "on" and the pronouns "girl", "boy", "lady" and "man"
  • Teach the sentence structure "The [agent] is [in/on] the [location]"
  • Continue to teach the definite article "the"

I like eating and drinking

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary carrots, chocolate, drinking, eating, grapes, juice, milk, muffins, pancakes, peas, pizza, water
Sight words carrots, chocolate, drinking, eating, grapes, I, juice, like, milk, muffins, pancakes, peas, pizza, water
Goals
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words for food and drink
  • Build on the carrier phrase "I like" to teach the sentence structure "I like [action] [object]"
  • Continue to teach the personal pronoun "I"

What is different?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary asleep, awake, big, bucket, clean, dirty, dry, elephant, empty, full, leaf, little, mouse, shirt, tiger, wet
Sight words asleep, awake, big, bucket, clean, dirty, dry, elephant, empty, full, is, leaf, little, mouse, shirt, The, tiger, wet
Goals
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words that describe things (adjectives)
  • Teach the sentence structure "The [agent/object] is [adjective]"

At breakfast

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary boy, cereal, drinking, eating, egg, girl, juice, orange, toast
Sight words an, boy, cereal, drinking, eating, egg, girl, is, juice, orange, The, toast
Goals
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words associated with breakfast
  • Teach the agent-action-object sentence structure "The [agent] is [action] [object]"
  • Illustrate use of the indefinite article "an"

What are they doing?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary book, boy, brushing, car, girl, horse, lady, man, reading, washing
Sight words a, book, boy, brushing, car, girl, horse, is, lady, man, reading, the, The, washing
Goals
  • Continue to teach the agent-action-object sentence structure "The [agent] is [action] [a/the] [object]" with more verbs and objects
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words, including the nouns "girl", "boy", "lady" and "man"
  • Continue to illustrate the use of the definite article "the" and the indefinite article "a"

What are the animals doing?

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary dog, dogs, drinking, eating, horse, horses, lion, lions, rabbit, rabbits, running, sleeping, swimming, tiger, tigers
Sight words are, dog, dogs, drinking, eating, horse, horses, is, lion, lions, rabbit, rabbits, running, sleeping, swimming, The, tiger, tigers
Goals
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words
  • Continue to teach the agent-action sentence structure "The [agent] is [action]" – now with singular and plural agents
  • Teach the rule that "is" is used with one agent and "are" is used with multiple agents
  • Continue to teach the rule that we usually add "s" to a noun when referring to more than one

The animals are eating and drinking

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary animals, cow, cows, drinking, eating, elephant, elephants, grass, lion, lions, sheep, water
Sight words animals, are, cow, cows, drinking, eating, elephant, elephants, grass, is, lion, lions, sheep, The, water
Goals
  • Continue to teach the agent-action-object sentence structure "The [agent] is [action] [object]" – now with singular and plural agents
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words - including the collective noun "animals"
  • Teach the rule that "is" is used with one agent and "are" is used with multiple agents
  • Continue to teach the rule that we usually add "s" to a noun when referring to more than one

Look at the girl and the boy

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary boy, climbing, girl, jumping, look, reading, running, swimming
Sight words at, boy, climbing, girl, He, is, jumping, Look, reading, running, She, swimming, the
Goals
  • Teach the personal pronouns "he" and "she"
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "Look at"
  • Continue to teach the agent-action sentence structure – now using personal pronouns
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words

Look at the lady and the man

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary blowing, cooking, lady, look, man, painting, reading, throwing
Sight words at, blowing, cooking, He, is, lady, Look, man, painting, reading, She, the, throwing
Goals
  • Continue to teach the personal pronouns "he" and "she"
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "Look at"
  • Continue to teach the agent-action sentence structure – now using personal pronouns
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words, including new verbs

Look at the girls and the boys

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary boy, boys, climbing, drawing, girl, girls, look, playing, riding
Sight words are, at, boy, boys, climbing, drawing, girl, girls, He, is, Look, playing, riding, She, the, They
Goals
  • Teach the personal pronoun "they" and continue to teach the personal pronouns "he" and "she"
  • Continue to teach the rule that we usually add an "s" to a noun when referring to more than one thing ("girl"-"girls")
  • Continue to teach the rule that we say "is" when referring to a single person and that we say "are" when referring to more than one person
  • Continue to teach the carrier phrase "Look at"
  • Continue to teach the agent-action sentence structure – now using personal pronouns
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words, including new verbs

Hello Tom

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary asleep, bed, bedroom, drinking, eating, girl, home, in, inside, lunch, milk, outside, painting, playing, running, school, Tom, writing
Sight words and, are, asleep, at, bed, bedroom, drinking, eating, girl, He, home, in, inside, is, lunch, milk, outside, painting, playing, running, school, the, Tom, writing
Goals
  • Teach the preposition "at"
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words – including "inside", "outside" and "and"
  • Continue to teach agent-action and agent-action-object sentences
  • Continue to teach the personal pronoun "he"
  • Introduce a greater variety of sentences and words in a single book

Good night Emma

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary bear, bed, drinking, Emma, home, in, inside, jumping, look, milk, moon, night, outside, playing, reading, running, splashing
Sight words and, are, at, bear, bed, drinking, Emma, Good, home, in, inside, is, jumping, Look, milk, moon, night, outside, playing, reading, running, She, splashing, the
Goals
  • Continue to introduce a greater variety of sentences and words in a single book to tell more of a story
  • Continue to teach the preposition "at"
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words – including "inside", "outside" and "and"
  • Continue to teach agent-action and agent-action-object sentences
  • Continue to teach the personal pronoun "she"

They are eating and drinking

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary boy, cake, cakes, drinking, eating, girl, juice, lady, man, milk, pizza
Sight words and, are, boy, cake, cakes, drinking, eating, girl, He, is, juice, lady, man, milk, pizza, She, the, The, They
Goals
  • Continue to teach the personal pronouns "they", "he" and "she"
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words – including the conjunction "and"
  • Continue to teach the rule that we usually add an "s" to a noun when referring to more than one thing ("girl"-"girls", "boy"-"boys")
  • Continue to teach the rule that we say "is" when referring to a single person and that we say "are" when referring to more than one person
  • Continue to teach agent-action and agent-action-object sentences

At lunch

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary boy, boys, eating, girl, girls, lunch, sandwich, sandwiches, sausage, sausages, soup
Sight words a, and, are, boy, boys, eating, girl, girls, He, is, lunch, sandwich, sandwiches, sausage, sausages, She, soup, the, The, They
Goals
  • Continue to teach the personal pronouns "they", "he" and "she"
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words – including the conjunction "and"
  • Continue to teach agent-action and agent-action-object sentences
  • Continue to teach the rule that we say "is" when referring to a single person and that we say "are" when referring to more than one person

Good morning Emma

Image of the cover of a book in See and Learn Sentences 1 Vocabulary asleep, awake, bear, bed, breakfast, cereal, cold, dry, eating, Emma, hello, home, hot, hugging, ice-cream, in, inside, kitchen, morning, on, outside, sand, water, wet
Sight words and, asleep, at, awake, bear, bed, breakfast, cereal, cold, dry, eating, Emma, Good, Hello, home, hot, hugging, ice-cream, in, inside, is, kitchen, morning, on, outside, sand, She, the, The, water, wet
Goals
  • Continue to introduce a greater variety of sentences and words in a single book to tell more of a story
  • Teach or rehearse vocabulary and sight words – including the personal pronoun "she" and the conjunction "and"
  • Continue to teach agent-action-object sentences

Sight word and picture cards

See and Learn Sentences 1 includes 174 sight word cards, 157 of which are also represented on picture cards. The vocabulary is appropriate for this stage of language development. The cards support matching, selecting and naming/reading activities that teach and test understanding of vocabulary and sight words.

Vocabulary: a, am, an, and, animals, are, arm, asleep, at, awake, bath, bathroom, bear, bed, bedroom, bee, big, bike, bird, blanket, blowing, book, books, bottle, boy, boys, breakfast, brushing, bucket, building, bus, cake, cakes, car, carrots, cereal, chocolate, clean, climbing, clock, cold, comb, cooking, cow, cows, crayon, dancing, dirty, dog, dogs, door, drawing, drinking, dry, eating, egg, elephant, elephants, Emma, empty, eyes, face, fish, floor, foot, frog, full, garden, gate, girl, girls, Good, grapes, grass, hand, happy, He, head, Hello, Here, home, horse, horses, hot, house, hugging, hungry, hurt, I, ice-cream, in, inside, is, juice, jumping, kicking, kitchen, knife, lady, leaf, leg, like, lion, lions, little, Look, lunch, man, milk, moon, morning, mouse, mouth, muffins, night, nose, on, orange, outside, owl, painting, pancakes, park, peas, pillow, pizza, playing, pool, puzzle, rabbit, rabbits, rain, reading, riding, rock, running, sad, sand, sandwich, sandwiches, sausage, sausages, school, She, sheep, shirt, singing, sky, sleeping, snow, soup, spider, splashing, sun, swimming, teeth, the, The, They, thirsty, This, throwing, tiger, tigers, tired, toast, Tom, toy, toys, walking, washing, water, wet, writing

Sentence picture cards and sentence cards

See and Learn Sentences 1 includes 277 sentence picture cards and 277 corresponding sentence cards. These support a sentence-to-sentence matching activity to confirm your child's understanding of whole sentences. The sentence picture cards also support a sentence building activity.

Activities

See and Learn Sentences 1 includes 10 teaching activities, which we work work through with the vocabulary and sight words from one book at a time:

Reading Books

The Reading Books activity introduces your child to new vocabulary and sight words, illustrates the meaning of simple sentences, encourages your child to repeat spoken sentences, encourages your child to think and to talk about the things presented in books and encourages your child to link things presented in books to things they see in everyday life.

A screenshot of the Reading Books activity in See and Learn Sentences 1 app edition for iPads

Matching Pictures

The Matching Pictures activity helps to teach your child new words, teach your child to look carefully at pictures and to identify differences and similarities, and helps your child to generalize their understanding of what spoken words mean.

Selecting Pictures

The Selecting Pictures activity tests your child's understanding of spoken words, and continues to teach your child to look carefully.

Naming Pictures

The Naming Pictures activity helps to teach your child to say words when prompted by pictures for words they understand.

A screenshot of the Matching Pictures activity in See and Learn Sentences 1 app edition for iPads

Matching Sight Words

The Matching Sight Words activity teaches your child new sight words and teaches your child to look carefully at written words and to identify differences and similarities.

Selecting Sight Words

The Selecting Sight Words activity tests that your child can link spoken words with the correct written words.

Reading Sight Words

The Reading Sight Words activity teaches your child to say sight words as they read them.

A screenshot of the Matching Sight Words activity in See and Learn Sentences 1 app edition for iPads

Understanding Sight Words

The Understanding Sight Words activity tests your child's understanding of the words they can read by asking them to match sight words to a corresponding picture.

Understanding Sentences

The Understanding Sentences activity tests your child's ability to read sentences and their understanding of sentences.

Building Sentences

The Building Sentences activity tests your child's ability to put words in the correct order to make sentences.

A screenshot of the Understanding Sentences activity in See and Learn Sentences 1 app edition for iPads
Picture of a child with Down syndrome learning to read

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