Monday, April 20, 2015

Two New Interactive Books With Manipulatives!

I hope you all had a glorious spring break! I know I definitely took a break from blogging and doing any work to just relax! Since we're back into the swing of things, I wanted to share two new activities that I'm really excited about!

Now, I'd like to give credit to the many other SLPs who are doing these interactive books, the core idea of this is in no way, shape, or form exclusively mine. I just happened to put my own spin on it, just like how we all hopped on the Cariboo train! :)

ANYWHO, if you didn't check out my interactive book for Spring - "Getting Dressed in the Rain" - make sure you click the link HERE and take a peek! I've been targeting tons of goals with my kiddos with this one, especially my AAC guys!

My latest two books are for planting a seed and going to the beach -- you can tell I have warmer weather on my mind! Here are the details on them both, click the titles to reach the links!

Let's Grow A Flower:

 This is a great kick-starter for life cycles or plants! The manipulatives help you target vocabulary and following directions, all while teaching about how to plant a flower!

The book runs through the basic parts of a flower and what you need to grow a healthy plant! Target comprehension by answering the question in the book - can you name some things you plant in the spring? - and then carrying that over into a group discussion. I've also done some nice comparing/contrasting with this question for the different seasons, and talking about how we can tell if it's spring. A great thing for all of these books is that you can work on requesting and yes/no questions using the manipulatives!

Let's Go to the Beach:
I have warm weather on the brain! For this one, I decided to target basic concepts with the items you might bring to the beach - chair, umbrella, beach ball, etc. This is a great way to not only teach life skills, but to spark a discussion aboutwhy you might need an umbrella in the scorching sun! This book is also great for following directions, whether auditorily presented or having kiddos read them and decide where to put the object.

This packet also comes with a sorting mat and some extra manipulatives. I found my kiddos had a hard time nailing down what might be important for the beach, so I decided to throw in a sorting mat for the beach vs. school. We talked about why it's important to have your backpack at school, and your towel at the beach!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jellybean Sorting and Five Senses - FREEBIE Alert!

As I'm searching the dollar store yesterday for something easter-y and spring-y, it hit me! I haven't used jellybeans yet! I've seen a bunch of cute jellybean sorting activities on TpT, but I needed something for the five senses and making predictions - voila, this baby was born before work!

This activity can be modified to target a bunch of different goals, and it's definitely not speech-specific! Here's how I used it today...

Initially, we made a prediction about which jellybeans we were going to have the most and least of. I had to go over the most/least concept using some jellybeans as a model. It's kind of an odd math concept for some of my little ones, but once I used the jellybeans as a manipulative, they got it!

After our predicting, we colored each blank jellybean to correspond with the written color on the graph. This is showing how to use our strategies in the classroom, highlighting, linking with color, etc. It's also helpful for our kiddos who are emergent readers and need that support.

Eventually, we moved on to the fun part - where they each get ONE jellybean. You can send home a bag, but for your own sanity, use one! Jellybeans roll and you don't want to give more than one otherwise you're going to end up with the whole bag on the floor. We touched it, looked at it, smelled it, and finally, tasted it! With my little ones, we wrote on the board and used our vocabulary to formulate answers on the jellybean sheet. Some of them drew pictures to support their writing. With my older ones, they wrote sentences using the vocabulary we talked about.

Now, the counting! I placed a handful of jellybeans in each bowl and had them sort the jellybeans onto the graph - one color at a time. They then colored in the amount of boxes that correlated to the jellybeans they had. When they were finished we compared our predictions with what actually happened and talked about how we could've made more exact predictions!

Of course, at the end everyone got their bag of jellybeans!!

Download this fun, FREE activity HERE on TpT! Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Interactive Book - Getting Dressed for Rain!

I'm really excited for my new Spring activity! It's an interactive book to teach weather-related and spring vocabulary, as well as target sequencing and comprehension. This is also a great way to teach life skills, and it's come in handy for my ELL kids who are not so sure about that weather or clothing vocabulary.

Have students dress the boy using the manipulative in the story. This can target requesting, matching, vocabulary, and sequencing. Use the sequencing mat at the end of the packet to work on retell skills!

There are a few questions in the book that you can use for prior knowledge - "can you name some things you wear in the rain?" - and some you can use for the wrap up - "what do you like to do when it rains?".

This is a great way to kick off spring and work on vocab for those rainy days!

Download this packet HERE on TpT and grab those rain boots! :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Emotion of the Month for Social Language/Autism

My "beta" version of this packet
I really like to do my warm up in Speech to work on vocabulary,
figurative language, and really just whatever is pertinent during that time (i.e., holidays). I recently decided to make a quick social language activity because I had some leftover paper, and we were working on the emotion "frustrated" anyways lol. It turned into a monthly activity when I realized I had some space on my bulletin board in my little corner, and it was bothering me. Voila, emotion of the month was born and added into my warm up!

I created a 12-page packet to target basic emotions. I included "I can" statements to teach students ways to cope with a negative emotion, or display a positive one. It's also a great way to identify emotions in other people. The packet I created is meant to be laminated and use with dry-erase markers, as well as a little velcro to attach the photo included. You could also have students draw their own pictures. Another idea if you're not going to use it monthly, is to hole punch the top and use it as an emotions workbook!

Download this social language packet HERE on TpT :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Leprechaun Snot...A St. Patrick's Day Science Experiment!

I love a good science experiment in Speech, and this one is AWESOME! It's simple enough that you can do it with any age, but leaves enough room to go high with it. I'll be focusing on sequencing, making predictions, and the 5 senses next week. The experiment is super kid-friendly, all you need is water, borax, clear glue, and green food dye.

You can start off this experiment by pre-teaching the vocabulary included in this packet to give
your kiddos some background when they hear or read the instructions. I provided the instructions and ingredients on separate pages to laminate and hang up, that way your kids can check if they're following the steps - all about those strategies! I also have kiddos check to see if they have all the ingredients before they begin. Sometimes I will hide an ingredient to teach how important it is to check!

Before we begin the actual experiment, I will have them make a prediction about what they think Leprechaun snot will be like. You can do this verbally, maybe make a graph on the board to track predictions, or use the worksheet provided for before/after information. After students create the experiment, they can go back and fill in the sheet about how they made it and what their favorite part was. There is also a worksheet that targets the senses -- how it felt, what it smells like, and what it feels like. Each of the worksheets are modified to be for illustration only, writing and illustration, and writing only. I included a sequencing mat with printables that match if you are targeting a sequencing or how-
to goal as well!

If you have older kiddos, or kiddos you want to target writing with, I included two open-ended writing task worksheets with "Leprechaun Snot" as the title! Oh, and as always, there is carryover at the end for you to print!

Download this activity HERE on TpT - it will be free until 3/15/15!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Project Cicero

My friend and coworker, Jen, and I!
We were so lucky to participate in such a wonderful project last weekend with NYC's Project Cicero! As a Speech Department, we don't have a budget for materials and often end up buying or making many of the things we use. Project Cicero was designed to supplement classrooms in NYC public schools and has spread to many other cities. Basically, it's the best educational shopping experience of your life and the bill never comes. Project Cicero pairs with the NY Society Library, and many other donors to provide new and gently used books to Title 1 schools in NYC.

Here's how our experience was...
The couple that
educates together,
stays together!?

We were told to arrive with a rolling suitcase, but of course we showed up with big bags...that was a huge mistake. My coworker drove, and I took the train there. Again, big mistake - I should've driven into the city and dealt with the parking situation. My husband works in a Title 1 school, so he came along for the ride and to get some books for his classroom as well!

Everyone lines up their bags/suitcases in the hallway, and you then enter into a huge ballroom filled with books, aka Speech Heaven. The books are divided into levels, genres, etc. I stuck around the emergent reader, board book, elementary fiction sections. My husband hit the social studies section, hard. My coworker was all about their middle school section and chapter books!

Just a fraction of
what we brought home!
If you've ever seen Supermarket Sweep you will understand what Project Cicero was like. Run in, grab all the books you like and can carry, run out, dump them in the bag, repeat. I napped on the train ride home...true story.

We even grabbed some school supplies that they had available - file folders, folder organizers, staples! It was dream come true!

If you're in the NYC area, or another area with Project Cicero, make sure you sign up for next year's event! Even better if you can donate to this great cause that keeps us educators up to our eyeballs in books! :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

St. Patrick's Day No-Prep Articulation Packet! DOLLAR BARGAIN ALERT!

I am really loving a theme this winter, and my articulation sessions are feeling that! I love using these print-n-go worksheets in sessions, and then sending them home for homework. I simply slip them into an erasable pocket, and have students color as they say the targets. Then, I take out the sheet and use it as carryover!

Make sure you download this fun packet to target /l/, /r/, and /s/ in all positions of words!

Download this packet HERE on TpT for a dollar for the month of March!