Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baseball Listening For Details!

Do your students love baseball? Are you looking for motivating materials to target listening comprehension?!  Well then this activity is for you!!


In this file:

-3 open-ended board games

-Listening For Details:  Students will listen to paragraph and answer a question requiring understanding and recall of details heard.  Fiction and non-fiction stories provided.

Students can also have fun sorting the stories into fiction and non-fiction categories!

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

Introducing: iLuv Drawing Vehicles APP!! ((app review!!))

One of my favorite app developers has recently released a brand new app!  Learn with Fun Apps was generous to provide me with a code to try out and show all of you!  However, the thoughts and opinions are all mine :) 


 I LOVE to use this app with my speech and language students!  This app addresses the following speech and language goals:

  • Vehicle vocabulary
  • Following directions
  • Describing
  • Turn taking
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Sequencing
  • Answering and asking questions
  • And so much more!!
Keep reading to learn more about this app!  This app follows the same format as their others (if you are familiar with them).

From the home page, you can click "instructions" which will teach you and/or your students how to use this app.

An adorable cartoon teaches that an outline will be provided for one to draw over with your finger.  Once you are done with each step, just click the "arrow" in the right corner for the next outline.  Once you are ready, time to pick a picture to draw!  This can be found in the "learn to draw" button:
Once you pick a picture from a WIDE variety, it is time to draw!  Just tap on a picture to get started!!

Your students will be provided with their first outline to cover:
Students are taken step by step to add to this picture.  Can you guess what I was drawing?!
Did you guess?!  Here is the picture at the end!  You can still see the outline underneath it.  But now that it is done, when I hit the "arrow" the outline is removed!
Now it is time to use the buttons across the button to add: stickers, background, erase, fun paint, crayon writing coloring in and pencils for writing.
I liked it without coloring in so I left it!  Did you like my fire and water stickers?!  Now that I am done, I clicked the "page arrow" on the bottom left to save the picture to my photos or the photobook which is part of the app:
You can access your photobook and saved pictures from the main page:
Are you loving this app yet?!!  Even better, it is only $1.99!  You can learn more about this app by visiting iTunes!

Do you use these apps yet?! Which one have you tried!  I have the following: animals, people, monsters, and dinosaurs!!  I recommend these apps HIGHLY!!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Potato Peeps Pragmatic Games!

My Potato Peeps Language Games activity has been such a hit that I knew I had to create one for working on social skills!!  This download is a 4-in-1!!




Using this activity:
-Provide a copy of the “potato peeps” page to each student.  Boy and girl version are provided!  (print and laminate)

-Print, cut apart, and laminate a page of the “potato peeps pieces” for each “potato peeps” page made, enough for each of your students.

-For each game, make a pile of the cards in the center and another pile of the “potato peeps pieces.”  I recommend backing each set with a different color this way you can store them all together and can easily select the cards for the same target.

-Students should pick a card and respond with the target of the game (visual is provided for each target type).   Each card has a “potato peeps piece” on it.  Once students respond accurately, they can take that particular piece from the pile.  Students can take turns playing (or one student can keep taking turns) until they have enough pieces to complete a “potato peep.”  Visual is provided so students know what pieces they need!  If cards run out and no one has a complete potato peep, the student with the most parts is the winner! (48 cards in each game!)

-Game targets:
-Conversation Starters: Students must start the conversation using the question/probe on the card selected.
-How Do They feel?:  Students must read the scenario and express the emotion best associated based on the card selected.
-What Would You Do If…:Students will read a scenario and express what they think they would do based on the card selected.
-Right Way vs. Wrong Way:  Students must read the scenario and express if it was the right or wrong thing to do based on the card selected.

**Blank set is provided so you can add your own targets to each game!


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

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Fiesta Fun: Context Clues!

People are always asking me to create more context clues activities.  Since this is one skill I am constantly working on in my speech room, I decided to make an activity for Cinco de Mayo!

Using this activity:



-Print and laminate all of the cards.

-Have students one at a time pick a card from the pile.

-They must identify the meaning of the bolded word from the choices provided in order to hold onto the card.

-If they pick the “fiesta” card, they get an extra turn!
The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner!

You can access this activity by clicking HERE!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Wh- Question Fun!

I cannot believe May is around the corner!  It is time to take out some May themed activities!  First up, Cinco De Mayo!!

In this file:

-Open-ended Board Game

-Cards to use with board game which target the following question forms: who, what, where, and when.  Students must respond accurately before being able to take a turn in the game.

-Why Questions Card Game:  Students should pick a card from a pile.  They must respond accurately in order to hold onto the card.  If they pick the “fiesta” card, they get an extra turn!  The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner!
You can grab this activity in my TpT store by clicking HERE!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

DIY Tissue Box Sort!

Do you go through tissues quickly like I do in your therapy room?!  Do you wish you can make use of the empty boxes?!  Well, I decided to be "crafty" today and make my empty tissue box pretty and useful!
I took the empty tissue box and wrapped it with my fun, decorative tape.  Then I took 4 library pockets that I got at Staples and taped one to each side.  DONE!!

How can I use this!?  I can take any sorting activity that has up to 4 categories and put the pieces inside the box and have students place them into the correct category.  I may even put some Velcro on each pocket to easy attach the labels!

What sorting activities do I plan to use this with?

  • My wh- question answer sort from my Wh- Question Train
  • Sorting base words to their prefixes in my Wild Word Fun: Prefixes
  • Category sorting
  • "Words are dead" activities for teaching fun synonyms of "boring" words
  • Placement of target articulation sounds in words
  • and so much more!!!!
I cannot wait to start using my new sorting box!!  Have you tried this yet?!  If so, what have you sorted with it? If not, do you plan on using it?!  How!?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Potato Peeps Language Games!! 5-in-1!! ((plus a giveaway!))

When I found this graphics set, I knew I had to make something HUGE!  I wanted to be able to use the same "game" for multiple targets!  Well, it is ready for the world to see!!


Do your students love Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head!?  Well this 5-in-1 download is for you!

Using this file:
-Provide a copy of the “potato peeps” page to each student.  Boy and girl version are provided!  (print and laminate)

-Print, cut apart, and laminate a page of the “potato peeps pieces” for each “potato peeps” page made, enough for each of your students.

-For each game, make a pile of the cards in the center and another pile of the “potato peeps pieces.”  I recommend backing each set with a different color this way you can store them all together and can easily select the cards for the same target.

-Students should pick a card and respond with the target of the game (visual is provided for each target type).   Each card has a “potato peeps piece” on it.  Once students respond accurately, they can take that particular piece from the pile.  Students can take turns playing (or one student can keep taking turns) until they have enough pieces to complete a “potato peep.”  Visual is provided so students know what pieces they need!  If cards run out and no one has a complete potato peep, the student with the most parts is the winner! (48 cards in each game!)


-Game targets:
Synonyms: Students must express a synonym for the word on the card selected.
Antonyms: Students must express a synonym for the word on the card selected.
Multiple Meaning Words: Students must express at least 2 meanings for the word on the card selected.
Adjectives: Students must express an adjective appropriate for the noun on the card selected.
Wh- Questions: Students must answer the question on the card selected.

**Blank set is provided so you can add your own targets to each game!


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

Now you can win a copy of this activity for yourself by entering in the rafflecopter below!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

2 Baseball Themed Activities (PLUS A FREEBIE!!)): Sequencing, Answering Questions, & Multiple Meaning Words!

It is officially baseball season!  My students are already having Yankees vs. Mets rivalries!  I knew it was time to bring out my baseball themed activities! I have two new products available in my TpT store as well as a freebie!  Keep reading to learn more!
Baseball Sequencing:

Have fun arranging sentences to create a "story" with this fun baseball themed activity!

Using this file:
-Print and laminate the baseball sequencing visual.  You can make one for the entire group or one per student. (black and white version is included as well)

-Print and laminate the sentence sequencing cards.  Each “story” has a different graphic on it to help with sorting/prep.  Students can use the visual to place the sentences into the correct order.  (blank cards are provided for you to create and add your own sentences!)

-Score board:  If you want to make this a game.  Students can get a “home run” if they can arrange the four sentences into the correct order.  Print and laminate the score board page so it can be used with a dry erase marker.  Add students names and you are all set!  This is a great way to help collect data as well!  (black and white version is included if you wanted to quickly print and go!)

-Review worksheet:  Students must number the sentences in the correct order so that the story makes sense!
You can access this activity by clicking HERE!

Baseball Question Game:

Have fun practicing answering questions with this baseball themed activity!

Using this file:
-Use this game to work on answering questions: who, what, where, and when. (24 of each)

-Print and laminate the Question Baseball Field.

-Print and put together the baseball dice.

-Print and laminate each question card.

-Students should roll the dice and refer to the Question Baseball Field to determine which question type they must respond to.  If they roll a “strike” they have to roll again!  If they roll a “You are out!” they lose a turn!

-A score board is included if you want to keep score for students responding correctly (a fun way to collect data!).
You can access this activity by clicking HERE!

Now time for a freebie!!  
Baseball Multiple Meaning Words Coloring Fun!
Students can have fun expressing the multiple meanings as they color this baseball coloring page!

2 coloring pages included!
You can grab this freebie HERE!



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Answering Questions Dice Game! ((and giveaway!))

Looking for an activity to work on a variety of question forms with older students??  Here it is!


Using this file:
-Dice Game Visual: Print and laminate this visual and place on the table.

-Print and laminate each question type.  Place them in piles next to their corresponding place on the “dice game visual.”

-Students can take turns rolling dice and picking a question card based on the number rolled.

-You can make it a game by giving students points based on the number rolled for extra fun and motivation!

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

Now you can win a copy of this activity for yourself!  Enter to win in the rafflecopter below!
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tricky Comprehension Questions Card Game!

This past week I observed my students take state assessments for ELA.  I got to take a little peak at some of the questions and was able to determine which questions my speech and language students would have the most difficulty answering.  I created this fun and motivating card game so I can help them prepare for these questions in the future!  This will help them recognize the tricky "wording," recognize the kinds of questions, and teach them how to answer them.

Using this file:

-30 Paragraph passages provided.

-Print and laminate cards.  Have students pick a card from a hat or pile on a table.

-Students can read the cards themselves or have them read by a teacher/peer.

-Once the student respond correctly, they can hold onto the cards.  There is also a page of cards to award bonus turns or “lose a turn.”  At the end of the game students can add up their cards to determine a winner!

-On each card is a number in the top left corner.  This is if you wanted to use this activity as a “center” or for students to complete answers independently, they can use the numbers to record their responses on the “answer recording sheet.”  This can also be used to help students stay attended to the game being played.  You can give students extra “bonus points” for writing down all of the answers as they play!  An answer key is also provided for students to check their own work.

-A review worksheet is provided which can be used as home practice or review at the end of the game to collect data.  

I purposely made the activity colorful to keep students motivated.  I also purposely made the recording sheet and review worksheet in black and white so it is printer/photocopy machine friendly. :)

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Context Clues Games!

Since my Main Idea Games and Wild Context Clues Fun activities are such a hit, I have decided to create a 2-in-1 context clues games just for you!

In this file:

-Visual to assist

-Context Clues BINGO:  Print and laminate the BINGO cards for each student.  Then print and cut the sentence cards.  Read to or have student read each card.  They must listen and locate the meaning of the unknown word on their BINGO board.  Keep going until a student gets 5 in a row!

-Context Clues Jeopardy:  Print and laminate the Jeopardy board.  Print and laminate the “candy cover tokens.”  Use the candy tokens or BINGO chips to cover up when a point value has been used.  Print and laminate the task cards.  You can keep them in piles by color to help locate them when students request them.  Students can take turns picking a category and a point value.  Locate the corresponding task card.  Students must express the meaning of the unknown word in order to receive the points.  You can keep track of points on a separate paper or board.  As students respond, students on both teams can complete the “note-taking sheet” with the meaning of the unknown word.   Students can go back and forth picking and responding until all cards are used (or time runs out). 

-Review worksheets: as you can see one is multiple choice and the other has lines for students to develop their own responses.  I gave plenty of lines so students can even write their "clues."

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

Colourful Semantics App!! ((App Review & Giveaway!))

I am always trying to discover new apps that will help address different needs than those already in existence.  I recently discovered a brand new app, Colourful Semantics.  It was created by London Speech and Language Therapists and produced by the developers TherapyBox.

This app is great for those working with students working on the following goals:

  • Answering basic wh- questions
  • Describing
  • Basic vocabulary (nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions)
  • Storytelling
  • Expanding MLU
  • Life skills

This app utilizes 5 different levels:
Level 1 – Who? 

Level 2 – What doing? 
Level 3 – What? 
Level 4 – Where? 
Level 5 – Describe?

When you go to the settings tab, you can pick a "user," select the level, and can even pick out which scenes you want to use. 


You can even add your own scenes!  Yes!  You read correctly!  You can add photos from your iPad photo library or take photos right then and there! You can also add own audio recordings!  How fun?! 

Ideas for use:
  • Take pictures of your students performing different actions in different scenes to answer questions.
  • Can have students work together to pick actions for each student in the group.
  • Can take pictures around the school/home/community/setting you are working in to help build life skills in those environments.
Once you are ready to start, students are presented with an image, and audio question, and four graphics to pick from for their answers.  Each image represents the "who" "what" "where" "when" or "describing" answers.  This way it is truly representing their understanding of the question forms!

Once they select accurately, they are brought to a larger version of their correct responses with the visual text answer as a word or phrase with the audio as well.  I recommend having them repeat it as they say it!
Then the app prompts them to say it for themselves as a complete utterance! It automatically gives your student time to respond before going onto the next question/image.
As you can see, data is collected and you are brought to a score report at the end of the activity session.  You can see their responses at each question level and scene.  You can also email and/or print reports from this page!
Things I like about this app:
  • Ability to add own images/audio
  • Works on basic skills in a functional way
  • Collects data for multiple students
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Encourages expanding MLU
Things I would like to see in an update (it is only on version 1.0 at this time):
  • More scenes to select from
  • Ability to record and listen back to own verbal responses (and ways to collect data on those responses)
  • Way to retrieve previous score reports
  • Ability to modify time for verbal responses before moving onto next image
  • Reproducible worksheets for further practice for each question type/images
Visit the creators website to learn more about the app and the free Colourful Semantics programme!  Learn more about this $38.99 app by visiting iTunes!

Now it is your time to win a copy of this app for yourself!  Enter to win below!

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