Basic Foldables for SLPs....FREEBIE!!

What are foldables???  Foldables are an easy way to make lessons interactive.  Students can use their creativity, follow directions, and can have a project they are proud of.  I have created a fun new freebie that includes a variety of EASY to use foldables in speech!

Just print, copy for each of your students, fold and cut along the dotted lines.

Students can write on the back with the prompts I have provided.  Then, they can write under each flap created based on the prompts given.

I recommend making a model for your students to follow.

Foldables are provided to address the following speech and language goals:
-Articulation: students can write target words in the flaps.
-Sequencing: recalling details from a text and for organizing how to complete a task

-Producing complete sentences

Classroom teachers are using foldables too!  A great way to give your students practice with a classroom activity!

You can grab this freebie in my TpT store by clicking HERE!!

Rainy Day Ryan: Interactive Story & Comprehension Activities! (PERFECT for spring!!)

Woohoo!  My newest interactive story is ready and available!!  Right in time for April showers bring May flowers lessons!!

This activities follows the same format as my other ones...helps the students know what to expect!

What does this activity include?  A cute little story with interactive pieces for students to insert into the story.  It also has a story retelling mat and larger images for retell or so that multiple students can participate at at time!

What skills can  you address with the story and the four comprehension worksheet activities included?

  • Sequencing
  • Answering questions
  • Prepositions
  • Categorization
  • Following directions
  • Recall of details
  • Predicting
  • and so much more!

You can access this activity in my TpT store by clicking HERE!!

You can also grab the WHOLE bundle by clicking HERE!!  If you already own this bundle, redownload it go grab the newest story!  It has been added!

Teaching Multiple Meaning Words (MMW) with baseball!!

Take me out to the ball game!  It is baseball season!!  Did you ever realize how many multiple meaning words are used in that game?!!  It is such a motivating way to teach this concept!!

I use this idea often and decided to put it together to share with all of you!  What does this activity include?

-A visual image that helps demonstrate the two meanings of words commonly heard in the game baseball.  I substituted the meaning used in baseball with the others.  Can the students find the errors?  Can they figure it out on their own?  If they cannot...I have sentence prompts provided for you to help guide them!!

-A worksheet for documenting and practicing the multiple meanings used in the visual image.  Can your students write the two definitions in their own words (or use in sentences...your choice!)  They can also illustrate the two meanings for themselves.  This is a great way for more practice and to ensure understanding!

You can access this activity in my TpT store by clicking HERE!!  I'm sure your students will love it as much as mine have!  My students even wanted to create their own visual images for themselves!!

Spring Differentiated Question Scenes!

Working on answering WH questions with your students?  Do you have groups with students at mixed levels or like to have materials you can use all day/week with various groups?  Are you looking for more spring related products?!  This product is for you!

What does it include?
-5 scenes included - in color and black-and-white version
-for each scene: 3 levels of questions are provided

What are the 3 levels?
-Level 1: Students can match the answers to the various wh- questions provided.  You can cut out the answer choices and use Velcro.  Students can Velcro the correct answers in the box next to each question.
-Level 2:  Students will verbally respond to the questions provided.  No choices are included at this level.  Encourage students to use complete sentences!
-Level 3:  Students will read or listen to a short paragraph and look at the picture.  Then, they can respond to the various wh- questions based on the picture on the text read/heard.  I recommend laminating the story/questions on the back of the picture.  This way, you can easily read to your students and they can look at the picture.

You can grab this fun new item in my TpT store by clicking HERE!!

Like it and want more?!  Check out my Differentiated Question Scenes pack that can be used year-round!

Fun New Therapy Find: Why I Love It & Some Ideas!

I was browsing Zulily a couple weeks ago (like I do daily!)  And I found this item which I knew I had to grab!!

Here is the same item on Amazon (I was just able to get it at a cheaper price on Zulily.

Can you tell just from looking at it how this Jumbo Magnetic Spinner can be AWESOME?!!??!  Not only is it magnetic, it is dry erase!!  It comes with various circles for your different needs.  Some quick ideas off the top of my head:
  • write each student's name on it, spin for a turn, a question, or a reward
  • write rewards on it!  spin the spinner at the end of a session if you behaved and did your work
  • write different curriculum vocabulary words or categories in each of the spots
  • so much more!!
Most SLPs have a magnetic dry erase board, you can easily attach it onto it.  I unfortunately do not, so I attached mine to my cabinet!  This item stuck on tight so I didn't have to worry about students knocking it down.  It also took me about 1 minute to grab my dry erase marker, write on it, and hang it.

First, today I used this spinner with Word Nerd Speech's Critical Thinking Activities for Winter.  I wrote the four tasks on the spinner: sequencing, reasoning, problem solving, & compare/contrast.  Students took turns spinning to see which task they had to do for each image/winter activity.  It was such a great and easy way to collect data on multiple skills at at time.

We also used my spinner recently to work on our vocabulary with out EET!!

I have an old March BINGO game with March vocabulary.  Students got to spin the spinner to determine which EET bead they had to use to describe the theme vocabulary with before putting their BINGO chips on that space.  They had so much fun!!

If you cannot tell..I love this new therapy tool so much!!!  Some more reasons why:

First of all...I love that the students get to get up and move around.  We all know how much our students can benefit from this!  They do not like to sit still and it is so difficult for them!

Second of all...I love a therapy material that I can use in SO many ways!!  Who doesn't love dry erase!!!!

Third..I can easily clean it up and put it in a closet when I am not using it!

Do you have this?  How would you use it!?

Feed the Bunny File Folder: Great for students with Autism, using ABA, expanding utterances and more!

Are you loving my feed the... file folder activities?! spring/Easter one is ready!!

Students will have fun following the directions, identifying the various food/colors requested and feed the bunny!  Just glue the bunny onto a file folder, cut out the mouth, and you are done! (Laminate for durability and so it can last year after year!)

Tons of sentence strips provided to encourage expanding utterance length!  Follow-up activities are provided.  You can glue one to the back of the file folder (can't do both because then the mouth gets covered).  I like to pick the one I will use most and glue that one to the back and the other one to a piece of construction paper.  I keep all the pieces together in the file folder!!  Use the food pieces that you fed the bunny with to sort in the follow-up activities.

Review worksheets provided that can be sent home for homework as well!

You can access this file folder activity by clicking HERE!!

Like them all?!  You can grab the bundle HERE!  Already have the bundle?!  Just redownload it to get this new one!!

Using Wordless Books In Speech: Why I love them & fun ideas!

Do you use wordless books in speech?!  No....check out how I use them and I guarantee you will add them to your "speech toolbox!" words?! YES!!  This takes the scary "reading" out of language tasks!!  So much language can be targeted using these books!

Some ways you can use them:

  • Articulation: take a book that has a concept/image that uses a target sound.  Students can tell you the story in their own words using their sounds.
  • Fluency:  students can work on developing the story using the pictures using their fluency strategies.
  • Answering questions:  "What do you see?" "Where is the ___?" "Who is this?"
  • Higher level thinking!
How can these books be used to work on higher level thinking?!  Well the students have to use their clues/evidence from the pictures to make predictions, inferences, and more!

Here above are two of my favorite wordless books.  I show students the cover and ask "what do you think the story will be about?"  We generate a list on the dry erase board.  Then I show them one page at a time.  Students have the following visuals to help guide them:

Students use their "clues" or "facts" to tell me what they see/know.  Can you tell I use my visuals in a sentence form to encourage complete responses?  Then they have to tell me what they wonder.  We talk about how "wonder" means what you think or don't know.  "Why don't you know for sure?" "Oh! Because it is not shown specifically in the picture!"  Then they have to make inferences or "smart guesses."  They must use the sentence stems to make guesses and predictions about what will happen.  We do this for EVERY page!!

It is amazing, by stopping each page and making the students really think about what they see and think about their thinking, it really helps them recall the details.  After the story, we tell summaries and recall the events in order!  I even had my students use the strategy "" to retell the stories since there was a problem and steps to accomplish.  You could also use the Story Grammar Marker to do the same thing.

Students will also have fun retelling the stories afterwards from the different perspectives of the characters.  We reflect on what we think of the characters/situations in the beginning versus at the end (compare/contrast opportunities!)

Here are some links to some books to check out but there are tons more out there!

You will be amazed how your students will get into these stories!  My older elementary students made noises when they saw the "childish" book but then got SO into it!  Debates started!

Do you use wordless picture books!?  Any favorites I did not mention??  How do you use them?!

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