Let's Plant A Seed

Thank you for all that voted in my survey!  I love to know what activities you are looking for in order to help out my fellow speechies!  I will keep trying to do surveys like that.

Well, most people wanted more vocabulary and wh- question activities.  I created another book activity to go along with the spring theme.  Each page has community helper vocabulary as well as planting seeds vocabulary.  There are opportunities for repetition and recalling of sequences as well.  The last page of the book can be used as a worksheet to assess recall.  Each page has a "who" question on it review community helper vocabulary.  You can also add your own "what" questions such as "what is he planting?" and "where" such as "where is the seed going?".  Grab the book here!

You can do a follow up activity of planting a seed yourself and watching it grow.  "What do we put the seed into?"  "Where should we keep our planted seeds?" "What do we need to give it so it can grow?"  "When will our plants grow?"

What other planting seeds activities do you use in your speech rooms?!  I would love to hear!!
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Three Little Pigs Activities for Speech Therapy

I have used this childhood favorite for so many targets in my speech room.  I have used each purpose/activity individually or all together for students/groups with numerous goals.

Three pigs? Three houses? There ya go!  A sequence of three events to recall!  I created pictures with Boardmaker/Google Images to use as a visual as you tell the story and then for students to retell story afterwards.Grab the sequencing pictures here!

Articulation/Sentence Expansion/Describing
Working on /p/ or /g/?!  Tons of auditory bombardment and productions opportunities!  I have also created a memory game using a bunch of pigs images that students can use to find the matches.  They can practice saying their target sound at the word level by labeling the picture they find.  Students can also use their targets at the sentence level by describing the pictures "this pig has ____" or "these pigs are the same". Grab the memory cards HERE!

Oral Motor
How did the wolf knock down the houses?  That is correct!  He blew them down!  But you need good lip rounding, proper tongue placement and breath support to be able to do that!  I have had my students as a craft make masks that I have found from makinglearningfun.com.  We have fun acting out the story and blowing houses down (I have made enlarged pictures of the houses from my sequencing pictures.  Each student gets an opportunity to "play" the wolf and blow the houses down.  Click here for the direct link to the masks!

Another activity I have used is an app I recently found.  It comes in a lite (free) version which lets you use 1 pig or a paid version which comes with other characters.

This is just an easy way to reinforce movements of articulators.  Students can speak into the microphone or just hold your Apple device.  They can watch the pig move in response to sounds.  So easy and fun! 

How have you used the Three Little Pigs in your therapy rooms?!  Feel free to comment or email!

Silly Sally Articulation and Sequencing Activities

One of my favorite books to use with my speech students is "Silly Sally" by Audrey Wood.  It is so silly and motivating!!  It is great for working on /s/ and/or /l/. 

I went to Staples and color-copied the pages of the book, laminated, and added Velcro to make a sequencing board.  I use this board while reading the story as visuals and then the students can place pictures on board as you read to retell the story.  You can keep removing the pictures for repetition after each page.
I created a worksheet that can be used a review and then sent home for practice/memo for parents on what was worked on.  You can also use it by cutting apart the pictures and making a recalling activity using the sentence strip to encourage expanded responses.   So many ways to utilize this worksheet.  You can also take the sentence strip and attach it to the visual board while reading the story.  Grab it here!
If you have students working on /s/ or /l/, this story is great!  So much repetition!!  I created a review worksheet for those students as well.  This can be independent if the student can read on their own.  If not, you can read and have the student circle the picture to respond.  It is also a great way to send home this worksheet to let the parents know what was worked on in speech.  They can practice the sentences at home to work on target sounds.
Grab it here!
Lastly, I just wanted to provide some links of other Silly Sally materials I have found on the Internet.  I cannot take credit for any of these but they are very useful and fun!

How have you used this book in your speech rooms?!  Feel free to comment to share!
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Two New Tap Light Ideas

Once I brought in my tap lights, they were such a hit with my students!!  I have so many students with different needs, I wanted to find a way to use them with all groups!

One way I decided to use them was for discriminating between minimal pairs.  I took two tap lights and placed them on my table.  I put minimal pair pictures behind them.  I said one of them and the student had to light up with word I said.  Once they had mastered discriminating with my speech, they got to discriminate their speech.  I took out my  handy dandy recorder and recorded them saying each word.  Then I played it back for them and the student had to light up with word they heard.  It definitely helped made minimal pairs fun and exciting. 
Here are some minimal pair pictures to use for common articulation errors:

Another idea was to teach past, present, and future verb tenses.  First, I introduced the concept by making a chart on my dry erase board.  As a group, we came up with words and phrases that tells us whether it is happening in the past, present or future.  Some words we came up with included: yesterday, now, today, last month, my next birthday, tomorrow, etc.

To review, the students picked a card out of my brown lunch bag.  Either I read it to them or they read it depending on their reading levels.  In order to get their "point" they had to tap on the appropriate light based on the sentence.  They knew to look back at the board to recall some key words to help them!  We had so much fun learning verb tenses with our tap lights!

Adventures of Happy Hoppy the Easter Bunny

As I was cleaning up my therapy room at the end of the day, I was going through my Easter file to decide what I wanted to do with my students next week.  I had so many to choose from it was tough!  I have so many students working on sequencing, vocabulary, and comprehension questions.  I decided to pull out my Adventures of Happy Hoppy the Easter Bunny activity. 

How do I plan to use this?  Well, it is similar concept to my activities I used for St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day (you can find them on my blog by searching on the right hand side).  However, I decided to use a different twist in this one.  I made sure to include some rhyming, spatial concepts, irregular past tense verbs and adjectives.  My goal is to expand the answers from my students.  Don't you just hate when they answer using only 1 word when you know they are capable of more!?

You can either read the story to the group or make copies for each student and have them read it a loud.  You can use the visuals to show the sequence as you go through the story.  You can model for the students the various concepts as you read by stressing and using repetition. 

Now for the recall part!  Students can use the visuals to retell the story using expanded answers.  "Where were the eggs?" "Tell me more!"  You can take this activity to the next level and have the students act it out.  "Where do else could Hoppy leave eggs?"  You can lead into a conversation incorporating inferencing, predicting, and more!  Don't you love it when one activity addresses so many goals!? 

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Wh- Question Easter Egg Hunt

It's that time of year again!  To take out your dollar store Easter eggs and baskets!!  What to do with them this year??  Try this idea for students working on wh- questions. 

First, print and laminate the egg printable and place them into the plastic eggs.  Hide them around your room!  If you have a small room like mine, you can use the hallway, cafeteria, or make a sensory bin to hide the eggs.  I have done all the above in the past!

Now it is time for the hunt!  Who can find the most?  Or you can have a student one at a time go and find an egg and return so that each student finds the same amount.
Once an egg is found, the student bring it back to table to open.  Use prompting to have student recognize which type of wh- question form it is.  Use your visuals!(there are tons out there on Speakingofspeech.com, boardmakershare.com, and various other blogs!  send me an email if you would like me to send ya some!)  By reviewing the types and using visuals, this should help the student respond appropriately.  Once responded, they may put their egg in appropriate flower pot.  When you are all done, you can review each flower pot and how the answers go together (there is your associations goal!). 

I got the "flower pots" from the $1 section at Target.  They had tons of small buckets in all different colors!  I chose to get 5 of the same so that I can use them for various purposes.

Click below to grab:

EET Activities

After learning about EET (Expanding Expression Tool) through Pinterest and my fellow bloggers, I realized how perfect it would be for my students with word finding difficulties.  Like some of you, my district is broke and cannot purchase the kit, so I hit up Michael's craft store and modified accordingly!  I cannot take credit for this idea, I did see it on Pinterest! 
I used craft beads that I got for like $2 and yarn I "borrowed" from the art teacher.  I attached it to a Boardmaker display to show what each color represents. 

To introduce this strategy, I showed my students a variety of pictures.  I used PowerPoint but you can probably take the pictures and use them on a flashcard app for the IPad.  Grab it here!

We then played a BINGO game using pictures which their names may or may not be familiar to them.  In order to put their BINGO chip on the picture, they my expand their vocabulary using this strategy.  If they were able to go through all of the beads and was still unable to come up with the label for the item, I either gave them phonemic cues or choices.  However, my students worked together and they came up with their names after they went through each bead.  Grab BINGO here!

We had so much fun using this new manipulative and strategy!  Can't wait to think or find other activities to use with it!!! 

Tap Light Listening For Sequences

So after seeing tons of ideas on Pinterest using Tap Lights, I finally picked up some at the dollar store yesterday.  I had so much fun today using them with my articulation groups that I was trying to figure out how could I incorporate them with my older, auditory comprehension-based groups.  Introducing...Tap Light Listening for Sequences Activity! 

We played this "game show" style.  Students lined up in a line to wait for their turn.  We used the dry erase board to keep a tally score.  The lights were labeled "beginning" "middle" and "end."  For their turn, the students listened while I read a paragraph-long story.  They had to use their strategies to recall the three step sequence.  Then I asked them about one event in the sequence.  To get their "point" they had to tap on the appropriate light. 

We had so much fun practicing our listening comprehension skills with my new fun toy!!  They are so motivated when it is a competition!  A bonus for me, I have my data collection!

Feel free to email me other ideas you have used in your therapy rooms with tap lights!  I would love to hear them! 

Grab your copy of the listening paragraphs here!
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Spring Associations Activities

Many of my students are working on building vocabulary.  They have difficulty with categorization, association, etc.  Since spring is here, I decided to create an activity to go with the theme.  Introducing...Spring Associations!

To introduce the concept, I used index cards and glued on my Boardmaker pictures to create flash cards.  I used a sentence strip to display" ___ goes with ___."  I introduced all with the sentence strip and then I gave students two choices and showed them a picture: "Which goes with __?"  This helped reinforce and provided repetition of vocabulary and concept.  We played memory games to make it fun as well, "can you find a go together match?"  When they found a "match" they had to use their sentence strip to explain and share with the group. 

As a review, the students got to Color By Associations!  Once they verbally expressed (or selected from a choice) the object that went with the word on the coloring sheet, they were able to color the picture.  For higher functioning students, they were able to transfer the activity using the coloring page and name things that together with the items on the page.

We had so much fun!!!  Hope you can too with this activity!  Feel free to comment!

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The Best Speech-Language Pathologist Blogs from ‘A to Z’

I feel so honored to have been mentioned in this article!! Thank you to all of my followers for helping making this possible.  I love being an SLP, and I enjoy sharing all of my ideas with all of you!!  Keep checking in and feel free to comment or send me an email at speechtimefun@gmail.com.  I would love to hear some ideas from you!!! 

Speech Basketball Time

After hearing some of my older students talk about basketball, professional and college, I decided to bring that theme into my speech room!  Introducing, Speech Basketball Time!

I have many groups with students needed specific goals, how do you address all without singling any students out!??!  Throw all targets in the activity like I did!  I used a dice maker (and followed the instructions on it for putting it together) to create a dice with all of the choices on it.  Whatever type of "basket" they roll, they take a card out of that envelope (you could also use lunch bags as well).  Once they respond accurately using their prompts and visuals and whatever other strategies they use, they can get the point value.  I kept score on my dry erase board.  I let my students write and keep score for themselves for that extra motivating piece!!  They even got to practice their math skills in order to figure out who won!

Foul shot - grammar practice!  Nouns and verb tenses.  They must figure out if its a regular or irregular one!  Once they complete the cloze sentence they can get their point.

Slam Dunk - vocabulary practice!  Synonyms and antonyms.  They must use their context clues strategies to figure out which type the cloze sentence requires. 

Three Pointer - listening comprehension!  I read them the card and asked them the question.  Once they used their listening for key words strategy and responded accurately, they got their 3 points!

My students had a blast practicing using their strategies for their grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension goals.  I hope your students will to!! Let me know!!  If you download and use, comment!  I would love to hear from you!

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Where Is My Sound?

I have been seeing A TON of activities on Pinterest that work on sound placement for articulation students.  Have you seen the french fry sort or the push light activities?  They are great!  I have been using them in my classroom and they are a HUGE hit with my students!!  After trying to organize all my speech materials, I found my BINGO dabers and came up with a new activity to use for the same target, sound placement. 

Where Is My Sound?! 

As a review or as a separate activity, students practice saying words with their target sound.  Then they can use a BINGO daber to "stamp" the circle in the correct position of their sound.  My students have been having a BLAST using the dabers!  I can't believe I forgot I had them!! 

Once the worksheets dried, it was a great way to send home this activity for home practice.  I usually attached a note home just informing parents what we did and have their children retell them at home.

I provided the sheets that are the sounds my students are working on which I feel are they most common.  Feel free to send me an email or comment if you would like other sounds! 

The Lucky Leprechaun

Working on listening comprehension?  Answering wh- questions?  Recalling sequences?  St. Patrick's Day vocabulary?  /L/ sound?!  Here is a quick little book activity just for you.  Although I LOVE using published books in my speech room, sometimes it is nice to have a book designed just for you!  I read this book with my students and use visuals to help them recall all the different places the leprechaun goes.  The repetition and easy vocabulary is great with my speech students!  Enjoy another free download here

Pi Day Fun

Did you celebrate Pi Day?!  I love to use the "celebration" as an excuse to review math vocabulary with my 6th graders.  First we make a chart on the dry erase board of the different words used in math word problems: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Then they got to practice identifying the type of problem when they see their "key words" in a word problem.  I created a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game using a PowerPoint template I got from http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/ppt-games/.  I grabbed my word problems from ABCTeach.com.  I cannot take credit for the template or the word problems!  My students had fun today working together as a "speech team" to get to the million dollars and they got to practice their math vocabulary too!  You can use this game on a SmartBoard or on a computer with your students gathered around the monitor!  Just click the "view slide show" button to get the fun started! Math Game

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!  Anyone doing any cute math or pie themed activities today???  I will try and take pictures of a few of my pie reinforcers and math vocabulary activities today and post later!!  Feel free to comment or email me some of yours!  I would love to share!

Guess The Leprechaun

Since my "Guess the Groundhog" was such a hit with my students, I created one for St. Patrick's Day.  Students will be provided with a copy of the "Guess the Leprechauns" sheet that I laminated.  Students will pick a shamrock (maybe out of my "pot of gold").  I will read the poem to them.  They will be required to attend using "whole body listening" and listen for key words (color, clothing, actions).  We will make a list of these describing key words and have them on the dry erase board for all to see!  Students will take turns responding aloud with the number of the Leprechaun being described.  Then we will have a dialogue about how that was the answer. 

As a review, I have seen numerous "draw the leprechaun" freebie worksheets floating around the Internet and Pinterest.  I will probably have my students draw their own leprechaun and then use describing key words to describe them!

Auditory comprehension, describing, expanding utterances, theme vocabulary, turn taking....so many targets in one!  Grab your Guess the Leprechaun HERE

What goals are you working on in your speech rooms?!  Feel free to comment!
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"Top" Practice

Do you have students working on spatial concepts?  Or following directions?  Or responding to "where" questions?!  I created a group of materials to use for the concept "on top."  First, I read the story I created with my students.  They have to point and/or use the target "on top" to answer my basic wh- questions (this also covers recall and comprehension as well).  I laminated the book and binded it together for safe keeping.

Then I created a hands on practice activity with sentence strips.  Students have to follow directions to put the named object on top of the appropriate picture.  "Where is the ___?"

Last, I created a worksheet that could be used as homework or to collect data to see if they comprehend the concept. 

What other spatial concepts are you working on?  Do you find any really difficult to teach??  Let me know!  I may have some activities for ya!

Popcorn Synonyms

So you probably have seeing TONS of popcorn ideas on Pinterest lately.  I was at Target this week and saw the Popcorn containers in the dollar section, sooooo of course I picked up 5 of them!  (My max amount of students at one time is 5). 

I wanted to think of a different target then those ideas floating out there already.  I have many students that are starting to understand synonyms just are having difficulties with demonstrating this skill in a variety of ways.  So I created a listening for synonyms activity with the popcorn theme.  Students will pick a piece of popcorn then either read it themselves or hand it to me to be read to them.  Students must identify the word in the sentence that has a synonym and verbally express it to the group.  If correct, they can put the popcorn in their container.  But watch out for the elephants!  They LOVE popcorn!  If they pick an elephant they must empty out their containers!!  The student with the most popcorn at the end, wins!

You can review all the vocabulary/synonym pairs ahead of time to help them out if necessary.  You can also display all the "other pairs" on a dry erase board or poster display to help with recall if necessary as well.  You can also tell them which word to provide a synonym for if that's the level your students are. 

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Pinterest Inspired Sentence Expanding Activity

So, I have been seeing several ideas on Pinterest and I have been trying to decide how to use them in my speech room.  Introducing, the sentence expanding activity!

First, I used my new favorite therapy tool, my McDonald's french fries containers.  I wrote several "subjects" and "predicates" on Popsicle sticks.  I introduced that all complete sentences must have a subject and a predicate.  My students got to select a "french fry" and place it in the correct container.
Then I took out all the pieces, and the students worked together to make matches to make sentences.  Then I prompted my students, were these sentences exciting?!  They agreed that they weren't!  I then introduced the sentence expanding visual.  I showed them how by adding adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases make the sentences more exciting and tells the reader more information.  They got to practice expanding their sentences with my sample subject/predicate only sentences. 

Last, I told them it was their turn to write their own expanded sentences.  For some students that I knew they could be more independent I had them just write several using "my method".  For others, I made them work through it.  For a motivational piece, I used "Angry Birds!"  As a group, we made a chart on the dry erase board of sample "verbs/predicates" "adjectives" "adverbs" and "prepositional phrases/where".  Then they got to write about the Angry Bird they selected.  They had so much fun!

RTI Strategies for Classroom Teachers

I don't know about you but RTI is HUGE right now in my district.  Everyone is still trying to understand it and understand the process.  I have been fortunate enough to be trained and worked in several districts now to see what works and what does not.  Everyone's caseloads seem to be full to the max and it is very difficult to take kids for Tier 3 unless it is absolutely necessary.  I have been working on materials to provide to classroom teachers to help train them to use strategies in the classroom.  This way it helps encourage Tier 1 interventions and minimizes the need for students to be rushed up the tiers.  I find the two types of difficulties that come my way are phonemic awareness and auditory processing.  Teachers are always coming to me because "my student isn't hearing the sounds" or "they can't follow directions."  Therefore, to begin with, I created two handouts to provide teachers for these difficulties.  You can provide these handouts to teachers while discussing how this will help the student.  If these strategies are ineffective in the classroom, then I would look into another tier approach. 

What do you find works or doesn't work in your schools?!  What has worked with trying to train teachers to use strategies in the general education classroom?!

Top 5 Ways to Use Velcro

I have posted a ton of materials and pictures that used velcro to put together.  i decided to make this weekly top 5 a sum up of my favorite activities!

In no particular order....
1. Matching pictures book.  Students can receptively identify common objects using EnchantedLearning.com.  This website has numerous "word books."   It has a spot for students to write the words.  But I have used velcro to  have my students match.  I use Board maker to create the pictures to make.  By matching, the students demonstrate a better understanding of the vocabulary since it is demonstrated in two different picture representations.
2. File Folder Soring Games - helps keep all pieces together in a fun and motivating way.
3. Go-togethers: use velcro to have students complete the sentence strips.

4.  Sequencing activities - students can place pictures on a laminated board to tell or retell a story.

5. Spatial Concepts books - instead of printing copies of books for students to glue pictures, you can laminate and have students velcro the items in the named locations.  This way you can keep reusing easily!

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