Sunday, November 29, 2015

What's In Your Cart? Cyber Monday Sale Linky Party!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! With Cyber Monday just around the corner, it's time for another Linky Party hosted by Speech Room News! On November 30th and December 1st, TeacherspayTeachers will be hosting a 10% off sale. I will also have my entire store marked down 20%. That means you'll get a total of 28% off everything in my store! 

Here's what I think you need: 

This packet includes over 1450 pages of No Prep Articulation for Back To School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, and Summer. It is already priced at 25% off the price of buying these items individually. Combine that with another 28% off and you can get $48.50 worth of product for $25.92. Plus you'll get access to any new upcoming packets (Winter and Valentine's Day are in the works) for FREE! Sounds like a deal to me! 

I've also been using my Wh Question Mega Pack for several students on my caseload. 

The worksheets are designed to increase in difficulty, meaning you can start small and build skills as students learn new concepts. It also contains 3 progress monitoring tools per question type. 

And lastly, I think you should check out my newest Interactive Articulation Activity: Diggin' Up Dinosaur Bones!

You can check out all my Interactive Articulation Activities here

Here are some things I'll be buying tomorrow! 

Progress Monitoring Tools from Natalie Synders:
Articulation Dominoes from Trista B's Therapy Materials:
She has created domino sets for a variety of articulation sounds!
Picture Chats from Katrina Bevan

And this Interactive Fluency Binder from Lauren LaCour

I hope you can find some great goodies during the sale! Be sure to check out Smashingly Good Speech for some great speech-language therapy materials! Happy Shopping! :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving No Prep Articulation is Here!!

I absolutely LOVE no prep articulation practice. I've been slowly making No Prep Articulation Packets to go along with various seasons and holidays. I'm hoping that I'll have one for each theme by next school year. So far, I've made St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Back to School, Fall, Halloween, and THANKSGIVING! You can check out all these different packets here or you can check out the steeply discounted bundle pack here!

This Thanksgiving No Prep Packet is over 185 pages of activities for /s/, /z/, /s/ blends, prevocalic /r/, vocalic /r/, /r/ blends, /l/, /l/ blends, "sh," "ch," "j," "th," /f/, /v/, /k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, /p/, and /b/. The following activities are included for each sound.
Roll & Say Articulation: You will need a dice to play this game. Have students roll a dice and then choose a word on one of the hats from the corresponding row. Have them say the word as many times as you’d like and let them color it in when they are done. Try to get all of them colored!

Let's Make Thanksgiving Dinner - a Roll, Match, and Say Game (2): Roll the dice and see what you get. Color the corresponding food item. Whoever gets all their food items colored in first wins the game!

Say & Dot Articulation: Have the students say the words as many times as you’d like. Then they can either color the turkey in or dot it with a bingo marker!

Help the Pilgrims Get to America - a Thanksgiving Board Game: Students can either roll a dice or flip a coin to determine how many spaces they will get to move. Have them say the words on each arrow as many times as you’d like. The first one to get the pilgrims to America wins the game.

Say & Color Articulation (2): Each section of these coloring pages has 8 words for the students to say. Have them say the words as many times as you’d like and then let them color in the corresponding part of the picture.

Roll & Say Silly Sentences: Have the students roll the dice 3 times and record the corresponding answer in each column on the record sheet. Then have the students read the sentences they created. They can use the bottom half of the record sheet to draw a picture of their silliest sentence!

You can check out the purchase the packet here!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fun Games for Therapy!

We all love a good game during therapy. A lot of times, my students come in and ask what game we're playing today! And, let's be honest, that makes therapy go by A LOT faster for us, too! There are some old standbys that I love like Candyland, Trouble, and Guess Who. But here are a few less commonly used games that I have had great success using:
1.) Perfection: This game is great because the whole point of it is to complete it as quickly as you can - so it doesn't take up much therapy time. The students have to match as many pieces as they can into the grid before the time runs out. The only downside: SO MANY small pieces! I'd recommend using it with 2nd grade and older so you don't spend the whole time picking up small pieces off the floor. 
2.) Hot Potato: I found this stuffed hot potato in my parent's basement while we were getting ready for a yard sale. And it has been a HIT! The potato itself plays the music. Whoever has it when it stops, has to do 10 trials while everyone else only has to do 5. 
3.) Robber: A former colleague of mine actually showed me this game. It is super easy and the kids LOVE it! Just grab some fake money from the dollar tree and write the word ROBBER on a few of the pieces. Put all of them in a container. The students take turns drawing a piece of money (after practicing their target skill a few times, of course!). If they get regular money, they get to keep it. If they get ROBBER money, they have to put ALL their money back in the jar. Whoever has the most money at the end of the session wins. You can decide the winner by counting the pieces of money or by counting the value of the money - depending on the age level of the students. I have found that this game works great for Pre-K to 5th grade! How awesome is that?!

4.) Don't Break the Ice is another winner in my book. I've found that my Pre-K through 3rd grade friends really seem to enjoy this game the most. We take turns practicing our target and then knocking out a piece of ice. 
5.) Jenga: This one is great for my upper elementary friends. You can read my blog post here about how I modify this game for various targets. There is even a freebie for conversation Jenga you can access from that post! 
6.) Cootie: Another good one for my elementary aged friends. I have the students roll the dice and see what number they get. They have to practice their targets that many times before they get to take the piece for their bug. The downfall is that they often don't get the game completed in some of my shorter therapy sessions. I'd save this one for your 20+ minute sessions.

7.) Ants in the Pants is another good one, but I prefer to use my Frog Hop game instead during therapy. It's a little bit different, but the same concept. I also find that my students are more successful with hitting the target during the Frog Hop game, making them less likely to become frustrated. You can check out my blog post to see how I made it!

And those are my favorites for therapy! What are some of your favorite games?!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Growing Vegetable Soup Thematic Unit!

As the weather has been cooling off, I've started my thematic unit that goes with the book Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.

I've created TWO activities that pair amazingly well with this book. The first one is my Articulation Soup Activity!

The activity is so simple, but the kids LOVE it! Simply cut out the cards and laminate them for durability. I have the students draw a card from their pile (which I have pre-sorted by target sounds). They say the word and then add their "ingredient" to the bowl. 
When we get several cards in there, we stir up our vegetable soup. It cooks and cooks until it's ready to eat! In the meantime, we keep practicing our sounds by labeling the target words we see floating around in our soup! :) 

If you have some play food, you can add it to the bowl, too.

After it's done "cooking," I have the kids add some cards to their individual bowl - saying the words again as they do so. Then they can pretend to eat their "vegetable soup." I love activities that combine articulation therapy and some imaginative play! You can check the activity out here!

And, since I love a good thematic unit, I created a Growing Vegetable Soup Language Packet, which can be found in my teacherspayteachers store, to go along with the book. You can find it here.

Many of my little students are working on basic descriptive concepts. This packet contains a set of flashcards that target big/little, long/short, and color concepts.

This packet also contains vegetable picture cards that include the vegetables in various sizes and colors.

We used these to practice following directions that contained various concepts. For example, "put the red pepper in the bowl" or "put the big potato in the bowl." You can see from the pictures throughout this post that I had two different colored bowls - blue and pink. I could also ask students to do things like: "Put the carrot in the PINK bowl." I chose those two colors because there were no vegetables in the set that were blue or pink. You could bring in several different colors if you wanted and mix them up from day to day to target different colors. (This packet does include a pink and a blue bowl graphic - you could have the students place the cards on the bowl instead of using real bowls.)

We also used the picture cards for following directions with multiple components - "put the potato AND the carrot in the bowl." And multiple step directions - "put the potato in the bowl. Then put in the carrot. Stir it up." The packet includes lists of directions for concepts (could also be 1-step), multiple components (2 or 3 components), 2-step, and 3-step directions. Of course, there are a TON of different directions you can use depending on your student needs and item available. The lists include 15-35 items to give you some ideas!

There are also "recipe cards" to help kids follow directions in sequences. Here is an example of one:
I would read the cards to the students before we started. The pictures make it a little bit easier for my little ones to follow along with the steps. These cards each have 4 directions on them. But the real target skill for these cards is quantity concepts. They target: couple, few, some, all, a, one, and two. You'll need to print out a few sets of the vegetable symbols to use with these cards.

The packet also contains Venn Diagrams for my students that are working on expressing descriptive concepts. I simply popped them in a page protector and we filled them in with a dry erase marker.

Many of my students also struggle with the various "wh" question types. The packet includes an activity to target "where" questions. Ask the students "where" certain vegetables/fruits would grow - on a tree, on a plant, or underground. There are visuals for these places and the students can place the fruit/vegetable symbols on the correct place.

The packet also includes a yes/no questions activity - complete with visual aids, a sorting mat, and a data sheet!

 And, of course, no language packet would be complete without a categorization activity! So many of my students struggle with this! This activity requires students to make different kinds of soups - a dairy soup, a fruit soup, a vegetable soup, a snack soup, a meat soup, a dessert soup, and a drink soup. Have the students sort the picture cards on to the correct bowl to make their soup.

For more advanced students, there is also a set of category flashcards/worksheets targeting the same categories.

Another area a lot of my students seem to struggle with is pronouns - so I included an activity for that in this packet as well. You'll need to print out a set of the vegetable symbol cards and a set of the "people pages." I included a quick list of statements that contain various pronouns - they are sorted by subjective, objective, and possessive - and a vegetable type. The list is just to give you some ideas - the opportunities are endless. For example, "He is picking tomatoes." The student would then have to put the tomato card on the picture of the boy.

You can give them the appropriate vegetable card before they start or you can have them find the correct vegetable to practice their vocabulary skills. There are 6 statement sheets that look like this:
It makes it super easy to keep data and allows you to see exactly what pronouns they are struggling with. There is also a blank version for you to write in your own pronoun statements to target - super simple for data collection AND customizable therapy!  The blank data sheet could be used for directions, categories - anything really!

My Kindergarten friends happened to be working on learning the parts of plants around the same time I was using this unit. I added a plant parts worksheet to reinforce what they were learning in the classroom.

I also had a few students that were working on sequencing, so I made a couple worksheets for that as well. There is one for sequencing plant growth and for making vegetable soup.

You can use Boardmaker to create sequencing strips as well. Unfortunately, I cannot include the Boardmaker strips I made due to copyright! :( Here is what I did using Boardmaker, though. That way you can recreate it if you have Boardmaker available to you! I made one long sequencing strip for the entire book. This was used to help some of my students follow along as I read the book. They could clearly see what step we were on and how many more steps we had to complete. For more very advanced students, they could practice retelling the story using the entire strip.
I also created a 5-step strip, which we used to sequence plant growth, growing vegetables to eat, and making soup.

And, last but not least, this packet also includes a vegetable soup themed board game. The board game is completely generic, so it can be paired with any flashcards or worksheets you already have to allow EVERY student on your caseload to participate in the vegetable soup themed activities. 

I'm lucky enough to have a wide variety of play food available to me - some bought, some borrowed. I have access to big/little pairs that I can use to reinforce these concepts using objects. We also used our play food for a variety of activities. Here are a few:
 1.) Possessive pronouns "mine," "your(s)," "his/hers": I gave each student a few vegetables, as well as myself. I went around the circle, giving each student a direction. "Put YOUR potato in the pot." "Give ME YOUR tomato." "Give HIM MY onion." Put MY cucumber in the pot." You could also print out multiple sets of the vegetable/fruit picture cards from my packet to use if you don't have play food.

2.) AAC Activity #1: Simple Requesting - I start with a the pile of food where the kids can see it, but not necessarily reach it. Then I gave them a bowl and ask them what they wanted to add to their vegetable soup. They created "I want" + vegetable symbol to request the vegetables. They could also request the spoon to stir their vegetable soup.

3.) AAC Activity #2: We targeted "big" vs. "little" with my PECS users. They would request an item to add to their soup and include the "big" or "little" symbol. I used boardmaker symbols because that is the type of symbols my students have in their communication books. However, you can use the picture symbols from the packet if you don't have access to boardmaker.

4.) AAC Activity #3: We practiced making comments using our vegetable symbols as well. I put a few vegetables in the bowl and stirred it around. Then I showed it to the students and had them make an "I see" comment using their picture symbols - "I see + tomato." For my students who needed fewer choices, I would place one vegetable in a spoon and ask them which vegetable they saw in my spoon while giving them an appropriate number of choices depending on their skill level. After they told me what they saw, I added that vegetable to the soup. Once again, the symbols from the packet could be used for this if you do not have access to boardmaker.

5.) AAC Activity #4: We practiced asking questions using our symbols. I started by having the students ask me "Do you have" +"vegetable?" in the therapy setting. Once they asked me for it, I would give them a vegetable for their soup. After they seemed to understand the concept, I expanded their search throughout the building. Before the day started, I asked our office staff, coordinator, principal, lunchroom staff, janitor, and various teachers if I could give them a play vegetable to hang on to.  I told them a student would be coming to ask them for it sometime that day. They all agreed because I have awesome coworkers. Then I took my students who use AAC around the building one at a time. They asked each person "Do you have" + "vegetable?" The person would then give them the vegetable that they had for the student's soup. I did not have the students ask for specific vegetables, but the activity could be advanced to do that as well. You could also ask, "Can I have" + "vegetable?" After the student had collected them all, I redistributed them for the next student. The kids had a blast with this and it was so nice to get them out of the therapy room!

NOTE: ONLY the food symbols are available in this packet! Question words and statement words are NOT included in this packet. My pictures show the BOARDMAKER symbols that I used. However, I cannot make these symbols available to you as they are copyrighted. You can make your own using BOARDMAKER if you have it.

I have used this packet with EVERY student aged Pre-K to 1st grade on my caseload. And it's been a great success! There are a wide variety of activities that target a wide variety of goals. I hope that you can get some use from this packet, too!
You can get the Articulation Soup Activity here and the Growing Vegetable Soup Language Companion Packet here! And it's at a discount for a short time, so scoop it up while you get some savings! :)