Many students benefit
from getting familiar with the basic information found in a phone book,
and from knowing how to use it. Some students can do the activity almost
independently; others will need to work through almost every question
with a tutor right beside them. Have your student find, and write down,
the answers to these questions. If reversals are a problem ("53"
gets treated as "35"), encourage your student to move his
finger under the digits to help with accuracy.
1. If a fire breaks
out, what number do you call?
2. What is the
phone number of a friend?
3. What is the
number of a Round Table Pizza near you?
4. What is the
number of the Kaiser (or other local) hospital?
5. If you have
carpentry project in mind, what are the numbers of two places near
you that sell wood?
6. If you want
the police to come right away, what number do you call?
7. What is the
number of the elementary school near you?
8. You have a
friend who has moved to your area since the phone book was printed.
How can you get her number?
9. What is the
area code for Boise, Idaho?
10. Your dog has
disappeared. What is the number of Lost and Found Pets Program?
Don't forget to
check the front pages of the phone book to find all kinds of information
about your community!
(Adapted from Games
and Butterflies by Katherine Kennedy and from the Benicia Literacy Newsletter
and the Project Second Chance [Contra Costa County] Newsletter.)
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