So probably one of my favorite books series EVER is "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed...." I did a post over the summer about how I use There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell, but since it is Halloween tomorrow, I thought I would share how I used the Bat version...in case you need any last minute ideas :)
The best part of these books for me are the sequencing aspect. It is so easy to have the kids sequence the story, then do retell. There are TONS of rhyming words too so you can work on phonemic awareness skills.
I found these great sequencing cards from Pitner's Potpourri, which you can grab for free HERE. After we read the story, we put the cards in the correct order together. The graphics are also super cute, which is always a plus....it also means that we compared and contrasted the story characters on the cards and in the book.
I also found these pictures on Pinterest and gave each kiddo a set to put in order on a sentence strip. You can download the pics HERE (and she has other great ideas!).
They were able to work on describing each character while they glued them down in order.
Once they had them down in the correct order, we colored :) Great language activity! Some of them even asked me to staple the strip together and they wore it out as a crown! This is perfect for them to take home and work on retell.
By now you realize that I love, love, LOVE incorporating cutting and gluing and coloring into my therapy sessions. It may be because I enjoy doing these things. I think they are fun...the kids get tons of practice....and they always have something to take home for carryover. Win, win, win :) Here is what we are up to this week in my room...
This is what I affectionately call, Speechy Corn :) I told you before and I will say it again...Candy Corn is a gift from heaven lol. I love it so much that I made this artic activity. I cut out construction paper circles in orange, white, and yellow and the kids wrote their words on it, then glued it to black construction paper in the shape of candy corn! My little pumpkins loved it =D
Last, but probably the most festive, is our spooky speech mobiles. I had patterns for pumpkins, bats, and ghosts, so we cut them out and they wrote speech words on them. Then we punched a hole in each and tied them to a piece of black yarn.
We hung them up around my room and they will take them home this week. This one might be my favorite :)
You could use these ideas to target many things...
parts of speech
...really the possibilities are endless!
I hope that gives you some crafty ideas for your therapy room. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these and tell me what crafts you have going on this week!
It's still turkey time in the speech lab...I finally finished the /p, b, m/ Super Speech Turkeys! I wish there were more of the graphics available, cause I just love them! Check out these little heroes...
I did these similar to the /k, g, f/ set...36 for each target sound, including initial, medial, and final positions. Also, there are 6 penalty cards :)
It's a bird...it's a plane....nope....it's SUPER SPEECH TURKEY! These speechy super heroes want to help your little ones with their /k, g, f/ sounds! Check 'em out...
When I saw these little guys, I knew my younger crowd would LOVE them! So I decided to make some artic cards just for them...I asked you guys on my Facebook page what you would like to see and the most popular choice (by far!) was /k, g/, but I threw /f/ in too for good measure! I am also working on /p, b, m/, so keep a lookout :)
There are 36 cards for each sound...a grand total of 108 artic cards! Whew! Each sound has 12 in each position (initial, final, medial) and a picture stimulus to help get spontaneous productions! You can use the sets for drill, use as a card game, or play with your own game.
If using for a game, I included these penalty cards. You can print as many as you choose to use with your game. I plan on putting all the cards in a pile and having students draw cards and practice the target at their level (word, phrase, sentence). Whoever has the most cards at the end is the winner!
I'm back with more military men and women to join the Grammar Army :) This time, listening skills!
I tried to cover a range of levels with this, so I am hopeful that it can be used across your caseload. I am positive that it will for me!
First we have following simple directions, which includes 32 cards in all.
I did 16 cards to target one step directions...
And 16 more to target 2 step. These are directions that can be followed without any additional materials.
Next, I did 32 cards to target conditional directions. For the initial 16, the condition is first, followed by the command to be followed.
For the last 16, the command is first, followed by the condition. This is a little bit trickier :)
I also included a barrier game. This is where you can work on following more complex directions, to target things such as temporal and positional concepts, or whatever your students need! This is also good for working on vocabulary, asking questions, and describing skills.
Last is a set of 7 short paragraphs to work on listening and answering questions. Each of the stories is related to Veterans Day or the military. Three of the stories are nonfiction and 4 are fiction. You could also use as a reading comprehension task and answering in complete sentences in both oral and written language.
This download is available for download in my TPT store :)
I hope you like it! Leave me some comments and tell me what you think!
Well I know my fellow bloggers have already started getting you guys prepared for Thanksgiving with TONS of awesome downloads...I was lucky enough to snag one of Jenna's Thanksgiving Language downloads, which I am excited to use! BUT, I have a week in November that has nothing to do with turkeys or food. Veterans Day is November 11th and I have a week of activities dedicated to this holiday. Where I live, there are many military families and I like spending the time to focus on who Veterans are and what they have done for us. My students who have parents in the service always feel so proud to share with me about what mom or dad do. Such a special topic <3
So keeping that in mind, I also have some of those same little boogers struggling with grammar! So I created some fun themed grammar downloads just for them...
Included in this download are 3 activities to target some of those skills...
First up, irregular past tense verbs. I know for sure that I am not the only one out in speechy land who has kiddos with these goals. I made a card game that you can play like memory or go fish, just by matching the present to the past tense. There are 26 pairs...that's 52 cards! You could also just do a matching game or drill using one set.
Next, pronouns. I have one little guy who just cannot get his HE vs. SHE right, so I made this just for him. He is able to do it correct when looking at pictures, but without them is where we need to practice. There is the sorting mat you see above, which can be used to help with some cuing.
Then I made the sentences to sort (on the very cool military vehicle for which I do not know the name). The underlined word must be replaced with either 'he' or 'she'. There are 9 cards for both pronouns...18 cards all together.
Last, I did an adjective activity. Each soldier is holding a box with a noun...I included the pictures to help this time! You can have students use one word to describe, use adjective+noun in sentences, or play a guessing game by having the students describe with as many adjectives as they can until the rest of the group guesses the word! Lots of versatility here :)
For some extra support, I included this visual that can help students come up with more adjectives.
This activities pack in available in my TPT store.
What do you think? How do you honor our veterans in your speech room?
I'm back with ANOTHER awesome app by Mobile Education Store. If you are in the market for apps to target pragmatic language skills, I have a winner for you.....
Conversation Builder is for elementary age students to work on basic conversation skills...initiation, commenting, turn taking...with varying levels of support and lots of features! You can watch the video tutorial by clicking HERE.
The welcome screen is very similar to the other Mobile Education apps. You have all of your options on the screen and at the bottom is how you navigate through the app. For this one, you can have 3 types of conversations:
1 on 1 for 4 exchanges
1 on 1 for 8 exchanges
Group conversations, you choose the players
You can choose who will initiate the conversation, either the student, peer, or random. This is perfect if you have a student who's working on initiating conversations!
You also have 7 theme options:
Friends Around Town
OR you can choose to randomize all modules
When you add a use, this is the screen that pops up, so you can add their name, age, interests, and where they live. Once the player is set up and you choose your options, you're ready to go! For the purposes of this example, I have chosen to do a 1 on 1 conversation for 4 exchanges with the peer initiating.
First, the app plays the a statement by the girl in the picture, then prompts me to respond by giving 3 options. The app does not read the choices, so for non-readers, you have to read it to them. If you choose the incorrect answer, the app prompts the student that was not the correct response and gives a cue about what to say next so that they can try again.
If correct, you are prompted to record your response.
Once the conversation is complete, you can replay the entire conversation and you can also read it by pressing the History button at the top of the page. You can look at this during any point during play.
You can also choose to save the conversation, email it, or move on to the next one.
If saved, all conversations will be in the student's archive. This is awesome for monitoring progress!
Students also can keep track of their progress by clicking on Achievements at the bottom of the screen. They earn certificates for each conversation topic they complete!
I have been able to use this app with first, second, fourth, and fifth graders and have had nothing but positive comments from each of them about it! I am so excited to have this in my therapy toolkit! There are so many options and you can target a wide variety of social language skills with this one app.
It is available on the iPad for $19.99 AND on iPhone for $7.99 in the iTunes App Store...BUT, of course I want to be able to give you a copy of the iPad version!! Enter to win via Rafflecopter below! Good luck!
I knew this week would be a good one and I had been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks! All of my activities were centered around aliens and rocket ships, which always sparks so much creativity from my friends. Here are some of the activities we did...
I used the Galaxy Grammar pack that I created over the summer. This has activities to target nouns, adjectives, and irregular plurals, each with its own carryover activity.
We made the mini adjective books that are included in the download, then I gave each of them an alien to describe (each alien has a different noun on it) using the adjective book. This worked like a charm! I gave them word webs to write down the adjectives they came up with...And they were so excited to have this mini book to take with them!
I also added magnet tape to the back of the alien nouns so that we could do a couple of different things...For some of my groups that needed movement, we sorted them by person, place, and thing on the whiteboard.
We also played a guessing game. All of the aliens were in the container (hello crystal light and duct tape :)) and each player chose one. They listed adjectives and attributes, then had to tell their partner so that they could guess what the noun was. This was really fun and we got lots of describing practice!
My books this week were Mooncake by Frank Asch and Space Case by Edward Marshall. Both of these stories are really great and tie well into the theme. Space Case would also be a good Halloween book, because it is about an alien who goes trick or treating and can be used across many grade levels. We had discussions about cause/effect and making predictions, as well as the humor used...wonderful for social language!
I used Mooncake for my kinders and first graders. This story is super cute...I remember reading it when I was little! They have to do some inferencing in the story line, which is always a challenge with my language kids! We discussed basic story grammar and then I found this cute writing page and they wrote/drew about their favorite part. You can download the writing page freebie HERE.
My articulation craft this week was rocket ships! I had squares, rectangles, and triangles cut out for them and they wrote their speech words on each piece and then built their rocket...once they were finished with that, they decorated! Lots of little green guys, stars, and spaceships. It was awesome! As always, I work with each student drilling while the rest of the group is completing these activities and then they take it home for homework practice.
I also created these artic lists based on Mooncake....you can find words from the story targeting /r, s, l, k, g, sh, ch, j/. You can grab this freebie HERE.
I hope that gives you some ideas about how to use outer space activities in your therapy room! This is a great alternative if you can't do Halloween activities in your school.
Do you have any other fun ideas for this theme? Would you use any of these activities in your room?
About a month ago, I grabbed these really cute leaf graphics from The 3AM Teacher and I wasn't sure what to do with them until recently. I realized that I have almost NOTHING to work on asking WH questions with! Agh! So as I was looking through what I already had as far as clip art, I had a light bulb moment :) The leaves are perfect!
I target when, what, who, and where for this download, as those are the ones I would start with. There is a sorting mat with each of the question words on a colored leaf....
I did 12 leaves for each type of question and the leaves' color correspond to the sorting mat.
Green leaves target When...
Yellow leaves target What...
Orange leaves target Who...
And Red leaves target Where. You can choose to use them all together or just the type of question that your student needs to work on. I envision putting them in a pile and placing a sorting mat in front of each student. They will take turns drawing leaves and deciding what type of question it would answer, then formulating the correct question. There are 48 leaves to sort in all.
For more of a challenge, I also created these purple leaves. There are 24 in all and they target all 4 question types. Students would have to figure out which question type it is without the visual cue of the corresponding colors, then formulate the question.
And of course, to add some fun, I included 6 penalty cards, which you can choose whether or not to use. Throw them in to make it a game and whoever ends the round with the most cards is the winner!