Sunday, March 29, 2015

Give A Dog A Donut!

This last week has been Give a Dog a Donut week in the speech therapy room. I LOVE Laura Numeroff's books and "If You Give A Dog A Donut" was a huge hit with my kiddos this week. I developed a packet of activities that targets a HUGE variety of skills, so I was able to use the book and the companion pack with nearly ALL of my students from Pre-K to 4th grade. And they all loved it! I really thought my 3rd and 4th graders might think it was "babyish," but they really seemed to enjoy the activities and thought the book was very funny. Anyway, here are some things we did this week with If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Numeroff.

This packet includes several grammar activities for those kiddos struggling with syntax. It has cards that target plurals, past tense -ed, and present progressive -ing verbs.

 This packet also included a sorting activity to target noun-verb agreement when working on is/are, was/were, has/have, and do/does. There are 18 apple cards for each set along with two trees to sort the apples on.

This packet includes several language skills, too. There are cards to target categorization, cause & effect, sequencing, inhibitory words, and word associations.

We also worked on descriptive concepts - in both receptive and expressive activities. Students listened to the description and picked the donut or dog from one of two choices on the card. There is also a set of cards without a description. I use these to have the students play "speech teacher." They then use their best describing words to tell me which donut or dog to pick.
And I don't know about you, but it seems like EVERY kid on my caseload needs to work on answering "wh" questions - so I made some "wh" question flashcards that target events in the story. It's a great way to check for comprehension. There is also a yes/no question sorting activity included.

We also used the story telling map to help kids sequence events and retell the story. It was also a great way to introduce verbs by talking about all the actions the dog did in the book. Then the students drew pictures of things they would like to do with a dog.
We also targeted part to whole relationships.

Perhaps my favorite part of the whole activity were the adapted activities and symbols for my AAC students. I have several pre-kindergarteners that use PECS and several more students who just need the visual support of symbols to complete some verbal language tasks. I included explanations for four different activities that I adapted for my AAC kiddos and all the symbols we needed to do them. 

And last, but certainly not least, are the two generic games that can use used to target any skill or can be used with articulation cards. The first is a print & go Do-A-Dot page in black and white. All you have to do is print it out, grab some bingo markers, and you're ready to go.
It also includes a donut board game.

This game is two pieces of paper that you'll have to cut and assemble to make the donut board game. Just grab some dice and game pieces and you're ready to go!

This whole packet is available here in my teacherspayteachers store. 

Let me know what you're favorite book to use in therapy is! I love to incorporate literacy into therapy! 
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