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8 Mar

Just a couple of follow-up materials/visuals from the week.

I wound up printing/laminating/velcro-ing the “Where are the pancakes?” sheets I made. It was great for my large and small groups. First gave students a direction (e.g. Put the pancakes on the pig) and then let them pick where to put the pancakes, asking where they put them (checkin’ in on their expressive language). We’ve also talked about different rooms in the house before, so it was a nice extension of that (note to self: add a bathroom, as the pig takes a bubble bath in the story!).

I think the kids really enjoyed putting the pancakes in ridiculous places. I’ll deem it a win, as long as I don’t hear from disgruntled parents whose children dumped pancakes in their beds or threw them at the ceiling. 😉

On the Synonym/Antonym front, here’s a little follow-up worksheet I made to go with the powerpoint presentation.

I’m more or less done with therapy for the week—-but with progress reports due tomorrow I have a long night ahead (and lots of evaluations + parent meetings tomorrow). Ah, the other side of speech-path life. Time to get going!

Please always feel free to request materials on a certain sound or area in the comments or via email—-want to make sure this blog is helpful for readers 🙂

Guest Post: My Play Chef Lite

4 Mar

My friend Jenna—-former classmate and fellow speech-language pathologist—-awesomely offered to provide a post on one of her favorite iPad apps: My Play Chef Lite. You can see how she has used it in therapy below, including some great downloads! And, as Jenna is a bilingual SLP, you also get them in Spanish! Thanks for sharing, Jenna!

Apps and iPads are quickly becoming the new “it” thing in therapy.  One of my favorite (and free!) apps is My Play Chef Lite.  It allows you to select a dish (pasta, pancakes, a sandwich, or cupcake) and “make” it.  This involves putting/pouring the ingredients into the bowl, cutting/slicing items, and making choices of what to include in your culinary creation.  I’ve used this app with kids in Pre-K all the way up to 4th grade and they all think it’s great.  Some of my favorite things to do with it are:

  • following directions/auditory memory – I, or other students, order what we want and the other student has to make it to our specifications.  You can spice it up by not using specific words but instead “the red sauce” or “the skinny pasta.”
  • sequencing – I give the student a specific order in which to add ingredients to the bowl.
  • expanding utterances – I ask what kind of ingredient they want and they have to tell me in a complete sentence before I let them put it in, “I want the dark bread.”
  • questions – when working in a group, I sometimes let all the students contribute to one recipe which then let’s me ask lots of who/what/when questions: “Who added the milk?” “What did Johnny put in?”  “When did Sarah add the flour?” etc.

There are so many more possibilities!  The kids LOVE “eating” their food afterwards.  I created some printables to go along with this app.  I plan to laminate mine so we can write all over them with dry erase markers and then wipe it off.  One is a type of “menu” that details all the choices so students can “order” a complete dish.  The chef can circle items as a cue.  The other set of printables can act as a “recipe” for pancakes and cupcakes.  It shows all the ingredients and you can dictate the sequence to the student.  The boxes next to the label can be used to check off items or you can number them as a prompt.  The printables are here in both English and Spanish and include pictures directly from the app for easy reference for the kids.  I’m super excited to start using these in conjunction with the app next week and making it into a more comprehensive activity for my students.  Enjoy!

Synonyms & Antonyms.

29 Feb

After completely loving my pre-K/Kindergarten internship, I signed on to work with my district’s preK program right after graduation. It has become the age group I feel the most comfortable with, and of course the one for which I’ve collected the most materials. This year, however, my caseload shifted a bit. I now go to two of the local private schools (which are K-8 and K-12) for about 1.5 days a week. While I worked with these populations a bit during my grad school placements, it has felt like a new ball game in a lot of ways. I was drawn into the field by my overall love for language, so it has been really fun to target things like higher-level reading comprehension and synonyms/antonyms.

Favorite tool I found recently? This powerpoint presentation has been awesome for some of my 4th-6th graders. I made up a simple word document to go along with it (premade tables for the students to separate synonyms & antonyms) and also printed out the last few slides for each student when we were finished to use as a review/take-home item. The kids really enjoyed the interactive powerpoint and visuals, and I really got to check for understanding as each student filled out their charts.

Another great source for synonym/antonym worksheets? I also took inspiration from this chart of synonyms; turned it into a game in which the students earned 200 points for each synonym they could tell me, etc.

And here’s one more download—I made up a simple jeopardy game for the students (anything with points involved seems exciting). We played it on a whiteboard, but sent this home for practice.

How do you target synonyms/antonyms with your students? Any sources you love for working with later elementary/middle school students?