Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crazy for Cariboo! [Freebie alert!]

My Cariboo's arrival!
So I officially hopped on the cariboo bandwagon! After seeing all the wonderful things other SLPs were doing with this game, I really had to have it! I hopped on Ebay after being terrified of the price on Amazon ($170 are they nuts!?), and ended up snagging a game in great shape for about $38 with shipping.

I have been using a number of activities with it, especially The Peachie Speechie's "Sophie's Squash" companion - which is awesome by the way! I realized the game was insanely addicting and totally reinforcing, SCORE! No wonder everyone is obsessing! 
Here we are hard at work!
Since I truly hate drill work for articulation, and feel like my brain is being drilled when I do it, I thought this would be a great solution! I made up some open-ended articulation cards and used them for /s/, /r/, /l/ session after session. It was an all-in-one! Plus, it's pirate-themed so how can you go wrong? 

I'm so excited about this, that I wanted to share these as a freebie with you Cariboo-ers! Click HERE to download this activity from TpT and happy Caribou-Ing 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monthly Newsletter FREEBIE!

Photo from @practicallyspeeching on instagram!
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I've been thinking of a way to link up with my parents more than the occasional phone call (which is also awesome!) and the speech notebook. I put out some feelers on instagram and Facebook about doing a weekly newsletter, and I'm so happy I did. You guys shared with me that weekly would be WAY too intense, and that a monthly or thematic newsletter would be best. I totally agree!

I shared my newly crafted newsletter with you guys yesterday and it seems like you'd like to use it in your speech rooms! I'm happy to share my newsletter with you guys as a freebie! It's something I'm really just getting into, so I'd love your feedback!

You can download the newsletter HERE from TpT. Look for next month's newsletter soon! :)

ALSO, this newsletter is more language-oriented, so I would suggest sending home an articulation calendar from "Speech Activities from Miss Chelsea"  her November calendar can be found here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Miss Nelson is Missing - the video! Link below...

So I'm loving the feedback I'm getting from you guys with my Miss Nelson packet! I wanted to share with you this awesome video that I found from PS 33 in the Bronx! The students there acted out "Miss Nelson is Missing" and really did a wonderful job!

Click on the link HERE to check out the video on vimeo, which I'm able to access at school unlike YouTube!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adapted ReadyGen Books!

I'm SO excited to tell you about my latest little project! I've been working closely with the kindergarten self-contained teacher this year, and since our school uses the "ReadyGen" program from Pearson, I decided to do a little adapting.

Some of my language impaired kiddos have a hard time grasping the concepts and story that ReadyGen has to offer. Personally,  I found that the flow of ReadyGen moves so quickly, that by the time I feel like I've done the pre-work in prepping the kids for the story, then reviewing the characters and sequencing the events, and then using comprehension questions - they've moved on to a new story! Which, by the way is not the teachers faults by any means! It's just the way the program is set up. So, with that in mind I crafted an adapted version of Unit 1's stories to see how it would work. So far it's been a hit!

"A Bed for the Winter" was the first story I set out to adapt. The class is doing "where" questions and so I integrated those WH targets with the story vocabulary. The kids like the interactive aspect of pulling and putting on the vocabulary, and we're getting a lot of language out of the book!

Check out this great adapted book HERE on TpT and be sure to let me know if you want more of these!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Miss Nelson is Missing!

I love a book that I enjoyed as a child and can enjoy as an adult. "Miss Nelson is Missing" is one of those stories. From the silly looking teachers, to the horrifying Miss Viola Swamp, it's a story I never forgot as a kid!

So, you can imagine how excited I got when my students started to get excited about the story! It's been spooky enough to hold up for Halloween, and perfect for my making predictions target. I even tied in a cool new activity that I'm going to expand on called, "United Speech Postal Service" where the kids write letters throughout the school and to their teachers.

Basically, the long and short of it IS that you can use this packet to focus on making predictions! Print out the character cards and use the description mat to make predictions about the characters in the story. Then, read the story and stop before the ending to collect facts about each character and predict WHY Miss Nelson would go missing! Use your graphic organizers to write about your prediction, telling why Miss Nelson would go to that place and what she might do there. Compare and contrast Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp to get character details. After, put yourself in the students’ shoes. How would you feel if Miss Swamp replaced your teacher? Write a letter telling your teacher why you would miss him/her! 

Download this fun packet HERE from TpT and get cracking on that mysterious Miss Nelson!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Night Before Halloween - $1 packet!

We are howling into Halloween! I've finally settled down after our wonderful wedding on the 12th, so if you were wondering where I've been - it's wedding-land! In an effort to be completely prepared for the weeks surrounding the wedding, I put together some great language packets for my Halloween books!

Start off by reviewing the vocabulary with your kiddos from the story. I found that "disguise" was a hard one to grasp, so I made them all do the batman mask with their fingers and yelled "it's a disguise!" lol We used the cards throughout the story as well just to make a connection with the word/picture/definition.

After we finished listening to the story, we used the sequencing mat and cards for retell. I laminated them and used velcro to make it a little more interactive! They used the cards to ask each other questions also and make connections to their own Halloween experiences.

We moved onto a quick comprehension game to answer questions based on the story. Again, we made those connections to our own Halloween and used a venn diagram to track our information! My hope was to use this information to spark ideas for the writing task!

Now, you can use the writing tasks provided in the packet or the craftivity if you'd like to target those skills. If you're making the craftivity you need some construction paper to cut out the pumpkin. Then, you simply cut and paste the eyes and mouth of jack-o-lantern and then follow the prompts. You can also use the printable writing sheets and follow those prompts!

 Download this packet for $1 now and get Halloween-y! Click HERE to download this from TpT.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pumpkin Sort!

So I'm on a pumpkin kick, as I'm sure everyone is at this point in Fall. I'm tailoring my activities to support my pumpkin needs! I'm targeting same and different with my kiddos, or compare/contrast depending on the group I'm with. I've been taking it back to basics with my Kinders, because when you think about it, compare/contrast is a little difficult to do when you don't know same/different basics!

In an effort to target these skills, I put together a pumpkin sort! Students use a sorting mat to determine whether or not the pumpkins are the same/different.

The pumpkins are coded with shapes and different colors to keep it simple. Since my kids are obsessed with anything Halloween at this point, they're thrilled to be sorting pumpkins! They each work for a candy corn to keep it really Halloween-y!

Download the sorting game for FREE here on TpT.