To play the board game, there are a few set up steps. First, you pick a card to decide which structure to build. Then, you need to get all the pieces in order to construct the structure. I keep all the pieces by me. This opens up loads of opportunity to communicate. (Note: there is no construction while playing the app.) Here are some of the target phrases I work on while preparing the board game focusing on the use of core words with a few topically related fringe words:
I want that
I want more
I want different
I do it
You do it more
Turn it there
I get it
Where it go?
It go there
I want 2 triangle/square
I want big rectangle
I want do different
Then, once the structure is completed, the different color birds can be slingshot towards the structure to knock it down. It's actually a little harder than it looks!. Here are some phrases I model and expect from my students while the birds try to knock down those pesky pigs! Many of these phrases can be used while using the app as well:
I want that bird
I do different bird
Where is small/big bird?
I do it
You do it
Where is it? (When the bird flies too far away)
It is there.
It go over (when the bird doesn't hit the structure)
It go down (when the structure falls down)
It no go down (when nothing gets hit)
You help do that (I use this phrase a lot when students need help holding the slingshot)
Help there (I also use this phrase when students need help holding the slingshot).
I'm sure there are even more phrases as well. Hopefully, these phrases can provide some core word inspiration for an "older" and highly addictive app and board game! If you think of other core word phrases, please feel free to share! Now, playing angry birds can be a motivating way to generalize the use of core words into an everyday game!