Farm BINGO- Freebie!

Who doesn’t like BINGO? My students all do! It’s almost the end of my school year, so we’ve been playing BINGO games using mini M & Ms as markers. My students are all loving the special treat. My newest Freebie is a traditional BINGO game with a farm theme. There are 5 different BINGO cards with 24 different pictures related to a farm. Just print the BINGO cards, laminate them, and you’re ready to go.

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The calling cards all include 3 different clues about the target word, so you can practice making inferences too. I like to have my students give each other clues to practice describing  and listing attributes.

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You can download this BINGO game for free at my teacherspayteachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Farm-BINGO-Freebie-705150

All graphics are from http://www.mycutegraphics.com

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What do you need? Language and critical thinking packet

My newest product is a packet that targets critical thinking, planning, and language skills. This packet asks students to think of the items needed to complete a certain task. The materials all have a cute turtle theme! There are 60 different question cards total, 4 different practice worksheets, and 2 open-ended reinforcers. Here’s a detailed list of what is included:

What do you need? Each card asks students to list the items needed to complete a task or make something. There is also a picture of the finished product on each card. For example, “what do you need to make a snowman?” There are 20 different cards.

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Which one is not used? Each card shows 3 pictures and asks which item would not be used to complete a certain task. For example, “which one is not used to wash your hands?” There are 20 different cards.

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What else do you need? Each card shows a picture of one item that is needed to complete a task and asks students to generate a list of other things that are needed. For example, one card shows a picture of bread and asks “what else do you need to make toast?” There are 20 different cards.

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Practice Worksheets: There are two different types of worksheets that can be used to help students list items needed to complete a task. Each one is done in black and white so that it can easily be sent home for extra practice. You can have students choose an object that is on one of the “what do you need” cards or you can have students think of their own tasks. They are leveled so that some worksheets require students to list 3 items needed for a task and some require students to think of 5 different items.

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Review Worksheets: Color the items that are needed for the same task the same color. For example, color all the things that you would need to make cookies green and color all the things you would need to make a birthday card blue. There are 5 different pre-made worksheets as well as a blank worksheet so that you can make your own.

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Open-Ended Dot Worksheets– There are two different dot worksheets that you can use as a reinforcer for any activity.

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All graphics from www.scrappindoodles.com and www.mycutegraphics.com

You can purchase this packet from my teachers pay teachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-Do-You-Need-Language-and-Critical-Thinking-Activities-701454

Reading Non-Fiction Books with Preschoolers

I try to read a lot of non-fiction books with my preschoolers. It seems like non-fiction books are often overlooked for the preschool age group, but they can be great for teaching language skills.  I think one of the best things about using non-fiction books is that kids can learn a ton of new vocabulary words. There are usually a lot of different vocab words related to one theme (like a firetruck, zoo animals, etc) and oftentimes the vocab words aren’t words that the kids have been exposed to in every day life.  I also like that non-fiction books usually use real photographs, which I think helps my kids generalize what they see in the book to the real world. I use them to practice answering “wh” questions as well because it’s easy to ask kids novel questions about the new information from the book.

Some of my favorite non-fiction books are from the DK readers series. I think this series does a great job teaching new words and they even include pages at the back that review all the vocab words and show pictures of the targets. These books also have a plot, so it’s not just a bunch of facts that aren’t connected. For example, the first book below follows one Triceratops through it’s day. They’re also reasonably priced- all the books from this series that I saw on amazon.com were under $3.99.

Some of my favorites are Dinosaur’s Day

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Diving Dolphin

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and Big Machines

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Do you like using non-fiction books in your speech therapy sessions?

Summer Language Calendar for Younger Students- Freebie!

Summer is almost here! I always like to send home some suggested language activities for summer. I really like the calendar format, because then parents have one short activity to do each day. I think it breaks summer language homework into nice, manageable pieces. I’ve been super busy at school (as I’m sure you have been too), so I didn’t get these calendars posted quite as soon as I would have liked. Hopefully they will still be time-savers for you though!

There is a calendar for June, July and August. Each day has its own language activity. Most of the activities just take a few minutes and are designed to encourage overall language development. The activities are for younger kids- I created these calendars with preschoolers in mind, but I think they could easily be used with Kindergartners and possibly first graders as well. I chose a theme for each week and then chose activities and discussion questions to go along with the theme. I also included a sample letter to parents explaining the homework. You could ask parents to send the calendars back to you when school starts and give a prize to the children if they completed a certain number of activities each week.

Here is what the June calendar looks like:

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The calendars are Microsoft Word templates and the graphics are from http://www.mycutegraphics.com

You can download them for free at my teacherspayteachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Language-Calendar-for-Younger-Students-Freebie

 

Using “am” and “are” freebie

I have several preschoolers that omit verbs like “is,” “am,” and “are” from their speech. I think it can be tricky to find therapy materials that target “am,” especially for younger kids. So, I created some cards that I hope will help you practice using “am.” There are 20 different cards with questions that follow the format “Are you _____ or _______?” You can prompt your students to respond with “I am _______.” I chose descriptive words that I thought younger children would understand and included pictures on each card. You could also use these cards to target “are” by having a group of students answer the questions with “We are ________.” Or, you could have your students practice asking each other the questions to target using “are” in questions. Here are what the cards look like:

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I also included some simple sentence strips that you can use to prompt your students.

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All graphics are from http://www.mycutegraphics.com and http://www.scrappindoodles.com

You can download this freebie at my teachers pay teachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Using-am-and-are-Freebie

Building Utterance Length for Children with Apraxia AND a site-wide Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

I have a great new activity packet for children with moderate-to-severe apraxia or young children with severe speech sound disorders. The activity is designed to help children  build progressively longer utterances. Each stimulus item starts with a single word, then progresses to a 2-word utterance that contains the same word, then a 3-word utterance that contains the same 2-word phrase from the step before. For example, “boot,” “boot on,” “boot on mommy.”

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Each stimulus builds on itself to make it easier for children that need to practice the same motor plan many times. Each utterance contains CV, VC, CVC, VCV, and CVCV words that use only the consonant sounds /h, w, p, b, m, t, d, n/. I did include a few words, such as “water” and “bubble” that are frequently simplified so that they end with a vowel sound (“buh-boh”). Each utterance contains a total of 3-5 syllables. There are 40 different stimulus items included (that’s 40 different 3-word utterances).

I also included a blank page with the utterance building template (page 22)  so that you can make your own 1, 2, and 3 word phrases.

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The final four pages contain all the single words that are included in the stimulus items. You can use these cards to practice single words before building longer utterances or use them with the utterance building template to create your own phrases. Just print the cards 3 times so that you have enough copies of each word to make a 1, 2, and 3 word utterance. There are 63 total words!

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The graphics are from www.mycutegraphics.com and www.scrappindoodles.com

You can download this activity at my TPT store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Building-Utterance-Length-for-Children-with-Apraxia

Now for the even better news, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site-wide sale for Teacher Appreciation Week on May 7 and 8!  Everything in my store will be on sale. It will be 20% off and then you get an additional 10% off when you use the promo code TAD13. It actually ends up being 28% off because TPT takes their additional 10% off the discounted price. I hope you check out my store- It’s a great chance to clear out your wish list 🙂

Open-Ended Caterpillar Game Freebie!

My newest freebie is another cute, spring-themed activity! I created  an open-ended caterpillar game. You can use these cards to target a wide variety of different skills. Here’s how you can use these cards with your students:

1)          Cut apart all the cards and turn them face-down on the table

2)        Have your student choose a card. Each card has a number in the corner. Your student should perform the target skill the number of times indicated on his/her card. You can keep score by giving your students the number of points on the card.

3)        There are 2 types of special cards. The butterfly in a jar card subtracts 2 points from the student’s card. The butterfly with friends card gives the student an extra turn.

4)        The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

***Sometimes I don’t keep track of points for my younger students. I have them perform a skill the number of times indicated on the card and then just keep the card. If a student draws a butterfly in a jar card, I have him/her put back 2 cards. The student with the most cards at the end of the game would be the winner. ***

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All graphics from www.mycutegraphics.com

You can download this game for free at my teacherspayteachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Open-ended-Caterpillar-Game-Freebie

Who Question Cards

Here is a fun packet of “who” question cards. All the questions and answers are on cute elephant-themed cards!I plan to make more “wh” question cards with each type of question having a different animal theme.  So, watch for those soon!

The question cards contain only words and the answer cards all contain a picture of the person. I included multiple questions about each person, so that students associate several characteristics with each person. There are 2-4 question cards for each answer. For example, there are 4 different question cards about the farmer. There are a total of 53 different question cards about 19 different community helpers and other people.

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All graphics are from www.scrappindoodles.com and www.mycutegraphics.com

You can download these cards at myteacherspayteachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Elephant-Themed-who-question-cards

And don’t forget- I’m having a 15% off sale on all my products on April 29 and 30! Please check it out!

I’m having a sale!

Hi everyone!

I now have 100 followers at my teachers pay teachers store and I’m having a sale to celebrate! All my therapy products will be 15% off on Monday April 29 and Tuesday April 30. Thank you so much for reading my blog and for your support. Please check out my teachers pay teachers store on April 29 and 30! Here’s the link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Expressly-Speaking

Easy Spring Caterpillar Activity

I do this caterpillar activity every spring. It’s so easy to prep and can be adapted to work on almost any skill. Plus, my kids always really enjoy it. You just need neon dot stickers, a pen, and blank sheets of paper. I’ve found the dot stickers in the office supply section of wal-mart or target. They are usually only like $1.00 for a package. I start by showing the kids several different pictures of caterpillars and by talking about how some caterpillars are very long and have a lot of legs. Then I give each student a blank sheet of paper. After a child says his/her word,, describes a picture, answers a question, or performs whatever skill you are targeting, the child gets to choose a dot sticker and put it on the paper. You use the dots to make a caterpillar like this:

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My students love seeing if they can make their caterpillar go all the way across the page. After you are done adding dots to the caterpillar, the students can draw faces and legs. My students will also sometimes add grass, flowers, or a sky to the picture. I hope you can use this activity in your speech room!