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Hop into Frogs!

We're going full speed ahead into Spring in the Speech Room! I've started a bulletin board for "Aquatic Life" to keep a theme (I just love a theme!) and what better way to hop into Aquatic Life than with frogs!?

I crafted this packet with three levels in mind - Kindergarten, First, and Second, but I'm thinking you may be able to extend it to third graders too! It's chock full of graphs, writing tasks, craftivities, and printable books! All that stuff our kiddos love!

To start you off, I've given you some basic vocabulary with color pictures, and a KWL chart to get some basic knowledge going with your kiddos! You can move onto sequencing the life cycle of the frog, and using an interactive link provided in the packet to sequence the life cycle on a SMARTboard or computer. Then, use the cut and paste activity to sequence the life cycle, or have kids label/draw the life cycle.
 Use the printable black and white books (two levels) to read further about each st…

SPRING into a FREEBIE!

Happy Sunday everyone! Here's a quick little freebie that I'm using this week. Be sure to check in on instagram (@practicallyspeeching) to see how I'm using this in my speech room!

This packet should keep your word wall busy until June! It comes with 8 vocabulary words and 8 idioms. The vocabulary words and idioms all have pictures sourced from google images to go along with them. There are also 8 vocabulary cards without photos in case you'd like to use context clues instead of photo clues. Oh, and the best part? It's FREE!

You can download this freebieHERE on TpT!

Good night and have a great Monday! :)

Sharks are Circling!

I'm starting an aquatic life theme in the speech room, thanks to Pierre the Penguin and his awesome influence! I decided that Sharks are quite possibly the most interesting, yet terrifying, aquatic being that would capture my kiddos attention. SO, I created this packet, and did some extensive internet searching, to bring you the Shark Week of Speech!

You'll find a KWL chart in here to start off with. I have my kiddos bullet these to cut down on the amount of writing. In the end, your kids will make a story about their own Shark and have a nice packet behind it to show their work.

I've been reading my blurb aloud to students depending on what level they're at, and then having them fill in their note-taking graphs. For my stronger readers, I've been having them do the reading and then working on extracting information. When we're done, I try to get them to fill in as much information as they remember, and use peer input to help!

You can then move on to the cooles…

Happy Saint Patrick's Day...almost!

I've been taken down by the stomach bug for most of the week, if you were wondering why you hadn't heard from me!

I'm back, and with some exciting news! EVERYTHING Saint Paddy's is 20% off in my store! Click the links below to download!





Hey Little Clover Book









The night before Saint Patrick's Day









Language Lucky Charms











Leprechaun Lunacy








Silly or Smart Shillelaghs

Leprechaun Lunacy!

I spent the end of Friday setting up "Clover" the Leprechaun's arrival! I wrote a cute little poem, and then left green "footprints" all over my room. Then I put a "Caution" sign on my door, with some more of those green footprints!  I'm getting ready to use my "Leprechaun Lunacy" packet! I can't wait to have the kids move through the stations as Clover plays "tricks" on us. The kids have to go through all of the tricks to find where Clover hid the coins
(awesome dollar store purchase!).

The packet includes inferencing activities, my vocabulary hats, a sequencing and detail activity, and levels that can be used for kindergarten thru second grade.

The packet is mainly language, but I'd 100 percent recommend using The Peachie Speechie's Shamrock Challenge for an articulation part to this!

I'm super excited to also tell you that this 30 page packet is going to be $1.50 until St. Patrick's Day Eve!

Download it…

Let's Tawk Speech: #LISLP

So I'm really excited about this! A fellow awesome Long Island Speechie, Debra Blatt, and I have teamed up to create a forum for us Long Islanders on Facebook. It's a support group where we can chat, give advice, and help other LI SLP's!

It's called "Let's Tawk Speech" - a spin on our specific LI accent - and you can hashtag anything about speech and Long Island with #lislp !

We hope you'll like us, post on the page, and start hash tagging! Lets come together to tawk!

Click here for the Facebook link!

I'm on a break sign!

I recently posted this sign that I made for my kiddos when they're using the iPad. I thought that if an administrator (or another teacher, or anyone for that matter walked into my room) and my student was playing Angry Birds, it wouldn't look too good. So I made this sign to put up when my kiddos are taking their break. It works really well for the kids as well, they see the orange sign and know it's time to take their break.

It's a simple little helper for my speech room :)

A St. Patrick's Day Craftivity

This week I did a little "trial" of this activity for next week - it was a hit! It was super easy, and the kids had a blast!

I did this craftivity two ways, both were equally adorable! Here's how:

To make the initial hat:
1. Fold the paper in half
2. Cut down the side that isn't folded into the shape of the hat that you want
3. Cut out a black strip for the length of the hat
4. Cut out a yellow box, and get rid of the center

For Articulation:
I cut out yellow circles, or "gold coins", and wrote the target phoneme/word/sentence on them. The activity was simple, fill your hat with coins by saying your sound!

For Language:
After cutting out a white square, write the vocabulary words related to St. Patrick's Day on top. If you're students are able to write, draw some lines on the bottom! Have students make their own vocabulary hats! After writing (or verbally explaining) their word, have students draw a picture depicting their definition.

After, we used g…