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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wild About Books Wednesday- I Wish that I Had Duck Feet

It's Wednesday which means it is time to link up with Speech is Sweet for.....

This week I am going to share with you some ideas for using "I Wish that I Had Duck Feet" by Dr. Seuss.  
Written in the typical "Seuss Style", this book is about a little boy who wishes that different animal parts were a part of his body for example; duck feet, deer horns, elephant trunk.  The book gives a couple reasons why having each animal part would be fun or helpful but then goes on to relay why it may not be too convenient after all. 


Here are some questions I might ask my students while reading this book:
  • Why do you think having _________ would be fun or helpful? (pages 3, 13, 22, 31, 41)
  •  What is the shoe sales man thinking? (page 5)
  • How could the boy get home from school if he can't fit on the bus? (page 21)
  • What does it mean to "play him off his feet"? (page 27)
  • Why is it good to be you? (page 63)

I would ask these questions after reading this book:
  • What did the boy wish for after he decided he did not want duck feet?
  • Other than the boy, who were some characters in this book?
  • What happened  when the boy turned into a Which-What-Who?
  • What kind of thoughts do you think others had about the boy in the story?
  • Why was having an elephant trunk not so fun?

This book lends itself to targeting goals for forming and backing up opinions. I created this freebie for you so that you can have students come up with something they wish for, or want really badly, and then they can give three reasons to support their desire.  You can get the freebie here in my Teachers Pay Teachers store

By reading as well as discussing this book and completing the corresponding activity, you can target several Common Core standards for students in grades K-3 including:
  • RL 1 (asking and answering questions about details in a  text)
  • RL 3 (identifying characters, settings, and major events)
  • RL 7 (using illustrations to describe the story)
  • Kindergarten, RF 2b (recognizing and producing rhyming words)
  • W1 (writing opinion pieces)
  • SL 1 (participate in collaborative conversations)
  • SL 2 (demonstrate understanding of a text read aloud)
  • SL 5 (add drawing to provide additional detail to descriptions)
  • SL 6 (speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly and in complete sentences)
  • L 1 (demonstrate appropriate grammar and usage when writing or speaking)
  • L 2 (Demonstrate appropriate capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing)
I hope you like this book and the freebie!  If you do not already have it here is an Amazon Affiliate link so you can order it easily.  


Head on over to Speech is Sweet to see the books Scarlett and others are sharing this week!