Sunday, June 30, 2013

Glasses Building Vocabulary FUN!

Have fun learning and practicing using new vocabulary words with this fun activity!  
 Goals addressed:
-Context clues
-Synonyms
-Antonyms
-Expressing definitions
-Using new vocabulary in sentences
-Turn taking and other social skills through learning games!

Using this activity:
-Print and laminate the glasses cards.  

-In one lens is a sentence with a bolded/underlined word.  In the next lens are 3 choices for the definition of the vocabulary word.

-Each card has a point value.  When students select the appropriate definition, they can earn that many points.

-Use the “extra points” visual to allow students an opportunity to earn more points by using the new vocabulary words in a variety of ways!  You can allow your students to pick their task, allow them to do as many as they can, or let them roll a dice in order for the task to be selected for them!  The choice is yours!

-Score keeping page is provided!  You can print and laminate to use with dry erase markers!

-New vocabulary worksheet is provided for students to write down the new words learned.  This will help students stay active while other students are taking their turns!  This worksheet can be sent home for review as well if desired.

**Black-and-white activity! No color ink required!


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

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mustache Main Idea!

I don't know about you but my students are loving mustaches!  I think it is hysterical!!  Why not use an activity to motivate them with this theme!  The best part about this theme, NO COLOR INK REQUIRED!!  

In this activity:
-Visual aid to assist students in understanding concepts.

-2 ways to play!!!  Card games for practicing skill. Print and laminate (or back on index cards, construction paper, or card stock). 

-Version 1: Students must pick a card and read/listen to the passage on the card.  They must use their strategies for expressing the main idea.  Once they respond accurately, they can hold onto their cards.  If they pick a BONUS card, they get an extra turn.  If they pick a LOSE A TURN card, they lose a turn!  The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

-Version 2: Students must pick a card and read/listen to the passage on the card.  They must use their strategies for expressing the main idea.  Once they respond accurately, they can hold onto their cards.   There is a point value visual that has a point value for each mustache.  Once all of the cards are used, students can use the point value sheet to tally up their points to determine the winner.


-Review worksheets.  


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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Storybook Apps That Can Promote Speech & Language Skills Over The Summer (and beyond!) + GIVEAWAYS!

As I prepare for working ESY, I am trying to fill my iPad with fun and motivating activities that can address a variety of maintenance goals.  I have found some new and different apps that I think you will like!  I have even been provided with extra codes from the developers to give away to you!!

Play Tales Gold:
This is a free app on your iPad. It is kind of like your iBooks app but filled with interactive books for kids!  So easy to use too!  I was fortunate to be provided with a code for a free monthly subscription and have 1 more code to give away!  This way you can try before you buy!  Visit their website to learn more about the app and subscriptions!

How does this app work?
The app comes with sample stories on a "bookshelf."
I tried out the pirate story! Perfect for summer school themes!  The app can read the story to your students or your students can read them independently.  The stories are interactive.  Just touch the different images for responses!  Cause & effect woohoo!  You can turn the pages when ready which is great for asking questions for recall before moving on.
The app comes with activities (puzzles, find differences, and more) which relate to the stories.  Great for carryover and follow up activities!


The app also comes with coloring activities.  They have pages to color related to the story themes or students can free draw.  Great for recalling details and descriptions!
The app also has sing-along songs!!  They come in Spanish as well!


Other than the free sample stories, you can access stories related to categories or their top stories in their "store."  I was able to access several using my free trial.

One of my favorite stories I was able to access was ones which I could add a photo of myself, cartoon, or student into the story! How fun!!



What goals can be targeted with this app?

  • Story recall and comprehension
  • Compare/contrast
  • Cause/effect
  • Sequencing
  • Answering questions
  • Auditory bombardment of sounds or vocabulary concepts
  • And more!
What else to know about this app?
  • New books added every week
  • 8 language available
  • Designed for children up to 8 years old
  • How to subscribe?  Once you have downloaded Gold Play Tales for free, just look inside the application and you will see various payment options and buttons for subscription activation.  Once payment is confirmed, you will see the status of your subscription in the INFO section.
Enter to win a code for a free month's subscription at the bottom of this post!

iStoryTime Library
This app is another form of "iBook" for kids.  It is a free app.   

It comes with 4  full length Read Aloud storybooks - The Giant Smurf, Madagascar, Ice Age and Robin Hood!



You can also purchase other books in this app if desired.

Oceanhouse Media, Inc
This company makes TONS of story book apps!!  They bring some popular titles/authors such as Dr. Seuss, Kissing Hand, and Berenstain Bears.  They provided me with 2 codes to try as well as 2 codes of each to give away!!

Byron Barton Collection #1:
This app has basic vocabulary based stories for the following themes: planes, trains, boats, and trucks.

What goals can be addressed with this cute storybook app:

  • Prepositions: each story contains TONS of prepositions!  Can your students identify them in the story?!
  • Answering questions
  • Categorization: land/water/sky transportation!
  • Sentence and story recall/comprehension
  • Verbs (can your student locate them and determine the tense?)



The app uses colors while they "read" so students can follow along.  This is great for students learning to read!

Enter to win this app at the bottom of this blog post!  View the other Byron Barton apps HERE!  This app is $3.99!  Click HERE for it!


Just Me and My Cousin - Little Critter
Do your students love the Little Critter series?!  Did you know these stories are available for your iPad?!  Click HERE to view all of the different stories available including some free samples!  This app is available for $0.99 HERE!

This cute book is motivating and fun to listen/read!  What goals can be addressed?

  • Story recall, sequencing, and comprehension
  • Comparatives/superlatives
  • Compare/contrast
  • Character traits
  • Key story elements
  • Listen for parts of speech, categories, speech sounds, etc!
  • Can use with Story Grammar Marker!

Enter to win this app BELOW!

Ideas for using storybook apps:

  • Use your "screen shot" to take images of the book.  Print them out and have students sequence or retell the stories.  Use the images created with your screen shot to create your own follow-up worksheets or review vocabulary activities!
  • Can your students guess what the stories will be about by the title/cover?
  • Story Grammar Marker!  Use your manipulatives to have students retell the stories and recall the key elements: characters, setting, problem, solutions, and feelings!
  • How will your students feel if they were the characters in the stories?!  How would they retell those versions?!  Use your target speech sounds, fluent speech, expanded sentences and more to retell those stories!
  • Compare and contrast the different stories!  Use Venn diagrams and other graphic organizers to generate ideas!
  • Can your students make their own connections to the stories?  Do they have cousins they play with?  Have they ever wanted to be a pirate?  Elicit conversations that are packed with common core skills!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ClickySticky! (app review & giveaway!)

Are you looking for apps to use in therapy over the summer?  How about stocking up on apps for next school year?  I have been fortunate to check out ClickySticky by Merge Mobile Inc.  Keep reading to learn how to use it and what speech/language goals can be addressed.  You can even win 1 of 3 copies of this app for yourself!!

This app is like a virtual sticker book that comes to life!  There are 7 different scenes/themes that will motivate ALL students!
- Underwater Ocean
- Aviation Pioneers
- Dress Up Dolls
- Arctic Winter
- Safari Expedition
- Dinosaur Adventures
- Space Explorers



Just click a scene, pick some stickers and place them onto the scene.  Then press the "play" button to bring the scene to life!  Each sticker character can be scaled, rotated and dragged onto each imaginary scene. 


What goals can be addressed?

  • Following directions
  • Spatial concepts
  • Answering and asking questions
  • Building vocabulary and sentence expansion
  • Storytelling
  • Turn taking, working collaboratively, perspective taking, and other social skills goals
  • Verbs
  • Categories
  • Compare/contrast: color, size, shape, speed, temperature, and more!
  • Cause/effect
  • Bring to life favorite storybooks that have similar themes/vocabulary!
  • and so much more!!!



How will you use this $1.99 app.  Click HERE to visit iTunes!

Enter to win the giveaway below!

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Patriotic Plurals ((plus FREEBIE))

I just glanced at a calendar and realized that July 4th is next week!  Holy cow!  I won't be starting working again until after the holiday but I know some of you are already in summer school mode!  For you...I created a Patriotic themed activity to work on plural nouns!  Keep reading!

Have fun identifying and expressing regular and irregular plurals with this 4-in-1 activity!

In this activity:
-Regular vs. Irregular Plurals sort: students can sort the plural noun cards into the appropriate category.  There is a worksheet provided to document answers.

-Regular Plurals Matching Cards: Print and laminate or glue cards onto card stock.  Use cards for drilling or playing memory matching games.  Students can practice matching the singular and plural pair!  Review worksheet provided!

-Irregular Plurals Matching Cards: Print and laminate or glue cards onto card stock.  Use cards for drilling or playing memory matching games.  Students can practice matching the singular and plural pair!  Review worksheet provided!

-Story Fill-In Fun:  Print (and laminate for safe keeping) the story page.  Can use one for the group or provide a copy for each student.  Print and laminate the plural choice cards.  Students can read the story and decide which plural will fill in the blanks to help the story make sense.  There is a worksheet provided to document responses.

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

Want to try before you buy?  I took 1 of the 4 activities and made it available as a FREEBIE!!  Click HERE to check it out!


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