Thursday, October 9, 2014

Expressive Language Barns

Hello Readers!  It has been awhile since I have posted but I'm back and ready to go!!!  Thanks for continuing to check in on this space during my hiatus. 

As some of you may recall, each month during this school year my speech-language students will be 'traveling' to a different location.  This month, we are traveling to the farm.  The first activity I have done in this unit is creating Expressive Language Barns.  

The craftivity idea came from a Pinterest post I saw but can no longer find (if you come across it please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due).  Although this project is great for younger students, my older students (up to 5th grade) liked the opportunity to create these as well.  All you need is scissors, a paper bag, glue stick, white paper, and red paper. Easy!  I made square and rectangular templates for students to trace and then cut out for the barn windows and doors.  I gave student's 1-3 step directions and we targeting top, bottom, left-right concepts while creating the barns.

After making the barns, we did a generative naming task.  Students came up with as many words as possible relating to a farm.  We wrote them on little slips of paper and put them into the barn. Some students had time remaining and we would choose a couple items from the barn and create a definition for them or describe them.  

This was a great way to introduce our farm unit and get some baseline information on the extent of the student's background knowledge.  Have fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wild About Wednesday- The Lady with the Alligator Purse

I cannot believe it is Wednesday again...these weeks are going by too fast!  Anyway, the time has arrived to link up yet again with Scarlett over at Speech Is Sweet for Wild About Books Wednesday!

This week I bring you a sing-along story, "The Lady with the Alligator Purse" by Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott.


 Here is a description of the book from the Preschool Library Journal:
"Westcott adapts a jump rope rhyme about the misadventures of Tiny Tim to create a zany book of nonsense that demands reading aloud. After the mischievous baby drinks his bathwater, eats the soap, and tries to stuff the bathtub down his throat, his mother calls the doctor, the nurse, and the lady with the alligator purse. When medical cures fail, the lady produces pizza. The colorful illustrations filled with frenzied activities sustain the silliness and the absurdity of the story. The alligator purse is a miniature alligator with a handle on its back, for example. Even the cat and the dog are part of the energetic fun, pulling up chairs next to Tim's bed for a pizza feast. A book that children are sure to devour."

This book is short and sweet which lends itself well to the preschool population and therapy sessions that get shortened due to unforeseen circumstances. It's also nice to have a book that you can sing instead of read!  If you are not familiar with the song, you can click here to see a YouTube video of it.

Here are 3 ways I will be using this book in my speech-language therapy sessions:
  • I always like to have image cut-outs to go with a story so student's have some visual cues for story retelling.  I found this free pdf on the Arkansas state website.  My plan is to print these out, have students color them, retell the story, and then answer questions with 'before' and 'after'.  With my first graders, I am likely to use Braidy, the Story Grammar Marker, along with this book.
  • It would also be fun to do some pretend play with a doll house to re-enact this book.  Concepts such as "up", "down", "in" and "out" could be easily incorporated.
  • If you are looking for a cooking activity, sing this story and then have the students make pizzas :-) 
I hope you enjoy this little book!  Click on over to Speech is Sweet to see what books others are sharing this week!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Animal Soup

Animal Soup is one of those games that I knew nothing about but could not resist purchasing when I saw it for $1.99 at Saver's thrift store. I'm so glad I snagged it because it has become one of my most used activities. 

Animal Soup is a very simple game to set-up and play.  The parts include spoons, a bowl, animal tokens, a board, a simple colored dice, and 4 animal books. The goal of the game is to match the animal in your book to the exact same animal on the board. 

You start your turn by rolling the die. Based on the color rolled, you flip open the book using the corresponding tab.  This creates a newly accessorized animal in the book. For example, the monkey could change from having a purple scarf and yellow hat to having a ruby necklace and a yellow hat by flipping the divided pages in the book.  Players then scan the board to find the matching animal on the board.  When the target animal is found, you shout "animal soup" and then use a spoon to remove a token from the soup bowl in the middle of the board.  

I have used this game to target multiple speech and language goals and have yet to find a student who didn't like it.  The game is designed for very young kids however, I have had students up to 5th grade choose it as a 'free choice' and have a really great time with it.

To speech-ify this a bit for you here are some therapy targets that lend themselves well to this game.

  • /s/ in a carrier phrase, "animal soup"
  • /t/ in a carrier phrase, "my turn"
  • have students practice 10 target words before taking a turn with the game
  • After a page in the book is flipped, have students describe the animal they created.  For example, "I have a monkey with a green hat and purple striped scarf"
  • Have students compare and contrast their animals.  For example, "Our animals both have red hair but mine has a red necklace and yours has a lei"
  • Target possessive forms by having the student create sentences such as "It's the monkey's scarf" 
Social Thinking
  • To be successful at this game students need to have sustained, focused attention while scanning the board to find their animals.  Joint attention is required to "check" that the animal in the book matches the one on the board.
  • Turn taking with rolling the dice to determine which color tab in the book to flip is needed.
  • Social phrases such as "my turn", "your turn", "please pass the dice", "nice job" can be integrated easily

Monday, September 15, 2014

This Week's Adventures in the Speech Room

Phew.  I finally feel like I have my schedule solidified and am now able to plan fun activities for my students that are appropriate for their goals.  It is officially time to move on from the beginning of the year "get to know you" activities!

For those of you who may not know, I am using a travel theme in my sessions this year.  Each month, starting in October, we will be "traveling" to a new location.  For the month of September however, we are learning about our homes, our community, and preparing for our adventures.

In language sessions this week I am going to be using this "Me on the Map" activity by Angie Neal.  The packet is based on passages from the Treasure's reading program by Harcourt Press but I purchased it in order to get the materials for this craftivity.

I like the way this activity can be used to instill the concept that our school, or city, or state is just a small part of a larger whole that is our planet.  This is also a great activity for following directions, size concept development, answering 'where' questions, and developing knowledge of personal biographical information.  With my older students I'm going to incorporate some researching skills to answer questions such as "What states are next to ours?"  "How many continents are there?"  and "What county is our city in?"  

For articulation sessions, we are going to "pack our sounds" using articulation cards and a suitcase (a.k.a paper bag).  Once a bag is "packed", another student will help "unpack it".  Really simple, but I find my most simple activities are the ones the students like the best.

What are you doing in your speech-language room this week?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Links

Weekend Links is a weekly feature here on Speech Room Adventures.  Each Friday, I send you links to some of my favorite speech, and possibly non-speech, ideas and pins from the week.  Hopefully by clicking through them you will be inspired by a new therapy idea, find something fun to do, or just get a laugh.

I have been on the look-out for activities to use with nonfiction reading passages and found this one and this one on Pinterest this week. 

I will be making these fun paper bag houses in my speech-language therapy sessions next week.

This activity would be a great way to incorporate a student's classroom spelling words into language therapy.

And for your eating pleasure this pie egg rolls!

Have a great weekend!!!

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