Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gingerbread Glyphs

Gingerbread Glyphs -                                             The Gingerbread Glyphs were created during the very busy Christmas season, when just getting your groups together can be a challenge. As with other glyphs, the emphasis was on using speech and language skills in an unstructured activity to monitor carryover of skills.        
Glyphs in speech therapy can address Listening for Directions, Organizing Pieces of Information, Making Associations, Comparing and Contrasting, Describing, Answering Questions, and Reporting Information.
To complete this glyph, the students filled out a questionnaire. Even the kindergarten students were able to do this! It helped cut down on students giving false answers to get a certain color ingredient! Then the students were able to assemble the parts needed based on the answers they provided. As a special treat, before they left the room, each student was offered a sample of the candy they wished to try. It was surprising to see that many of them had never tasted gumdrops or licorice laces!
The directions for completing the Gingerbread Glyph can be found here.  
To view the completed projects, you can visit here.                       

Turkey Glyphs

Turkey Glyphs -                                           Glyphs can be used to address many speech goals. One good reason to complete a task like this is to get a spontaneous speech sample from your students to determine who they are carrying over their goals.

The students had a very good time with this glyph, from the planning stage to the final product. The feathers and googly eyes were the most fun part!

The students had to answer questions to gain the pieces to form the turkeys. We used a planning worksheet to fill in the answers. Then the pieces were assembled, and we went to work with the glue!

The next step was to turn our planning sheet into sentences to describe our turkeys. The younger students used Boardmaker Studio to create picture sentences. The older students completed an open-ended worksheet to create a description.

You can download the patterns here.

A slideshow of the completed projects can be viewed here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Candy Game

This game can be played in a small group as a "consequence game". The students will answer to a stimulus question (name a word, make a sentence, answer a question, etc.) for a chance to spin the spinner and see how many pieces of candy they can add to their bag.

It sometimes works best to set a timer, to determine the end of the game. Whoever has the most candy, wins the game!

Preparation: Make several copies of the candy and the pumpkin bags, cut out and laminate if possible.

Download here!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Apple Glyph

   Apple Glyph Project

This project was done as an "icebreaker" with students at the beginning of the school year. All of the students were represented by a "glyph" created by answering questions. The students had to choose a color apple based on the answer to the question "What grade are you in?". The choices were red for kindergarten, yellow for first grade and green for second grade.

The next question referred to the stem on the apple. The question was "Are you a boy or a girl?". The stems are green for girls and brown for boys.

Then came the question "How old are you?". The caterpillar was colored according to the students age. The final question placed the leaves on the apple, "How do you like to eat apples?".

Finally, the apples were reviewed and the students used the key to decide if the apple was made by a kindergartner, first grader, or second grader, and if the student was a boy or a girl. The apples were hung in the hall as a display for Open House.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

V is for Action - A Book About Verbs

V is for Action - A Book About Verbs

This book was written and illustrated by third grade speech/language students to improve their understanding and use of verbs. It is based on two books "To Root, To Toot, To Parachute" and "Q is for Duck".

Where is the Leprechaun?

This is an example of a project I just completed with my kindergarten speech/language students. Many of them have difficulty with pronouns, substituting him/he or her/she. This project was completed to practice using the correct pronouns, along with positional words, such as in, on, under, etc.

The students colored a small leprechaun, which I cut out to save time. Then they took turns putting the leprechauns in "hiding places" and I took a picture of each leprechaun. Then the photos were imported into Boardmaker Studio, and printed along with a picture sentence.

They absolutely loved this project and were motivated to read the sentences and share the book in their classrooms. I am sure there area many other she, he or it's that could be hidden around the school!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Be A Good Sport

Be A Good Sport Playground Visual

A reminder for children about how to be a good playground citizen.

Teach Me To Talk, Help Me Learn

Teach Me to Talk, Help Me Learn was written to try and understand some of the frustration my students experience when they have difficulty talking. Thinking specifically of two children in particular, one with apraxia and one with autism, I tried to capture what I thought was the most important thing adults could do to help their process of learning to communicate.

I was fortunate enough to have this published on the Apraxia-Kids website. You can access the article from that website here.

Boardmaker Activities – Hearts Galore Book | Boardmaker Share

Boardmaker Activities – Hearts Galore Book Boardmaker Share

Boardmaker Share Activity - Black and White Book to practice using the preposition "on". Students can draw in their own hearts, use stickers, or stamp hearts onto the objects.
Can be downloaded from the Boardmaker Share website.

There is a pdf version of the book that is available here.

Boardmaker Share Name: dwilly333

Move the Hearts - Boardmaker Share Interactive Content

Boardmaker Share Activity - Interactive Content

Move the hearts onto the object after reading the picture sentence. Must have Boardmaker Studio or Player to use the activity.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Hat

The Hat by Jan Brett is the story of a young girl, Lisa, who gets out her winter woolens and takes them to the clothesline to air out. One of her stockings blows off the line, and is investigated by the curious Hedgie. It gets stuck on his prickles, and he pretends it is a magnificent hat. The other animals are inspired by Hedgie's hat, and each becomes the owner of a new hat, in the form of Lisa's winter clothing. Lisa must chase the animals to get her clothes back, while Hedgie finally makes it back to his den.

Making Learning Fun has an emergent reader that can be found here.
 Other activities for The Hat are available at the Making Learning Fun website.
Jan Brett has downloads available here.


"The Mitten" Game

This is a lotto type game that can be played by picking up cards and trying to match all the pictures on the mitten.

The mitten design and the animal illustrations can be found at the Jan Brett Website.

This website has a sing-a-long called the Mitten in the Snow. It can be found at Mrs. Jones Room, and the kids really love it!

You can also access a simple book to go along with the song at Marcias Lesson Links.