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Round-Up.

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!

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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?  Freelanguagestuff.com. 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?