Grateful Grammar – Pronouns

How is everyone doing in the storm?  Knock on wood – it is fine here in Northern Virginia.  It’s windy and rainy, but tolerable.

I’ve used this time to finish up one of the grammar packs that I’ve been working on for about a week!  I’ve had a ton of writer’s block lately so it’s taken a while!  This is the first edition of Grateful Grammar: Pronouns – Leveled.

The pack targets third person singular and plural subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns (he,she,they/him,her,them/his/her/their).  It’s great for preschoolers and other language delayed kiddos!

It has 4 levels and also includes a variety of sorting mats, visuals, and a data collection tool.




The data collection tool.  Circle the level you’re working at and add + or – in the columns. 
Print for as many students as you need.

 

The first level is sorting.  I’ve provided many different types of sorting mats, because some students confused gender or number, while some students confuse the category of pronouns required.  These can also be used as visuals while working at other levels.
For those who confuse subjective vs. objective pronouns.

 

For those who confused number and gender.



For those who no longer require visual prompts.



Level 2 is a bunch of receptive tasks involving following directions.  I provide a list of prompts for each type of pronoun, but the number of ways to use these activities is by no means limited to the prompts I provided!  You can come up with your own prompts depending on your specific goals!  For instance, “Show me her left shoe.” or, “Show me what is on top of his head.”  The possibilities are endless! 

Use the mat below with these cards and have students
follow directions like, “Give a pumpkin to him.”



For use with receptive tasks
targeting objective pronouns.



Here are the teacher prompts for subjective pronouns receptively. 





Level 3 is a collection of multiple choice worksheets.  Again, subjective, objective and possessive pronouns are targeted.




The subjective multiple choice worksheet.
Level 4 includes task cards, question cards, and visuals that target open ended responses.




Teacher reads these prompts/asks these questions.
See student mat below.







Students use this mat to answer the questions for subjective pronouns.




I have gotten a lot of requests for pronoun activities.  I hope these are what you needed!  Here is the link to it in my TPT store.  It’s on sale until 10/30, in “honor” of Hurricane Sandy and all of us being cooped up inside.
I am giving away a copy of it via Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now for a freebie!  Here is a copy of a pronoun poster that I created in Boardmaker. 
Mine is printed on legal size paper and I mounted it on a piece of large construction paper.  Find it on my BoardmakerShare account here.
Enjoy!  Leave a comment and let me know how you would use this pack or if you grabbed the freebie!
~Denise
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Sandy Sale!

Hi all!  I hope everyone on the East Coast is staying indoors and safe.  Since the majority of people are home today, I decided to throw a TeachersPayTeachers sale.  You’re stuck indoors, why not shop?! 

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth - TeachersPayTeachers.com
I will be spending my time (at least my time with power – fingers crossed!) making more materials!  Stay tuned for a HUGE Thanskgiving grammar download.  I’ll be doing a giveaway of it here on the blog and also on my Facebook Page when it’s finished.

~Denise

Comparing and Contrasting

Ask and you shall receive.  I’ve gotten many requests for same/different or compare/contrast materials. So, I’ve made just that!  Not to mention, I’ve seen an influx of holiday/seasonal downloads that I thought it was time for a generic pack that can be used all year long without any strange looks from kids. 

I’ve also had a great response from having leveled/scaffolded/differentiated materials, and this one has that as well.  Here’s a look at it!

I actually made this activity in preparation for a student who is about to be on my caseload, but her IEP has not yet been completed.  She is in third grade, so I will start with the easier concepts (level 1) and move to more challenging items (level 2) as she becomes better at describing the relationship between objects. 
Not only is level 1 easier because it contains visuals, but the concepts involved are also more straight forward.
The main appeal of level 1 is that it has pictures, so those non-readers can participate.  However, I’ve also added a set of cards that lists short, simple, written verbal cues that helps describe what the similarities and differences between the objects are. You can choose whether or not to use these with your students.  For those who can read, I’m going to put out a couple options and let the students choose which are applicable.  pairs of objects have only 1 similarity/difference and some have 2 or 3.  Since there is only 1-2 words per card, the student must elaborate and expand his utterance to describe what exactly “stripes” means.  The pages of these are just after the appropriate cards, for easier organization.  I plan to write numbers on the backs of each card to know which visual they pertain to.  I didn’t include them on the front of the cards because the kids would be able to figure this out. 🙂

Here is an example.  Similarities are on the smaller cards in purple writing; differences are on the longer cards with green writing.

Level 2 becomes more difficult with the use of words, no pictures, and an increase in difficulty of the ideas targeted.  I also tried to make them more age-appropriate for the older students (i.e. the use of the word “Facebook”! – *Gasp!*)

I’ve also made this poster to teach (and use as a visual prompt and fade your verbal prompts) to illustrate the most likely ways that objects are similar to and different from each other.  If a student is having trouble, it will be helpful to just point to the box on this poster that is applicable to the pair of objects rather than giving verbal prompts.  Hopefully he/she will be able to come up with a reason with just this visual!
Find it here at my TPT store! It is currently on sale!  Price will go up on Monday 10/22.
I’d love to hear how you like this latest download and how it’s working with your students!
~Denise

Organization

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have a slight case of OCD when it comes to neatness, organization, and office supplies.  I’m so in love with Ziploc bags that when I saw this system on Pinterest, I knew that I had to organzie my homemade (and printed from online sources) materials with it!  Isn’t it genius?!  The site describes that using tape on the seam of a Ziploc bag allows it to be 3-hole punched.  The holes are reinforced by the tape so it won’t rip, stretch, fall out of the binder, etc.  Plus, the Ziploc bags are roomy and flexible!  I prefer the bags with the “slider” zipper and mine are actually Hefty, not Ziploc.  I find the “slider” bags are easier to open and close quickly and they ensure a good seal if the students are closing them. Of course I used my zebra-print duct tape to decorate my bags!  I found that folding the duct tape in half along the left seam of the bag was enough.  The picture in the pin makes it look like you need the duct tape wider – a full piece per side.  I don’t believe so.  Then, I 3-hole punched and Voila!  Here’s a look at my binders:

I ❤ binders!

Here’s my Artic binder with a view of my Multisyllabic Watermelons & Roller Coaster /s/ Blends games!
Find them in my TPT store!



I need more bags… Shocker.

I also found free, printable binder covers on Pinterest that I used to categorize my games/materials. ***I can’t find the exact pin that I used, but I’ve seen tons of them all over the place. So far I have binders for: Language (aka Semantics), Artic, Grammar, & Answering Questions.  I ADORE my binders.

I also found a really fun way to organize my supplemental Candy Land cards (from Speech Room News).  I have purchased 2 of these so far.  My version of Candy Land comes in a plastic box that’s supposed to look like a book.  It’s too small to fit all of my decks in individual bags, so I came up with this:


I cut out just the title of each set and stuck it behind the cards so it’s visible from the outside when the book is closed.



A view of the book open

This is a “book” made of thin plastic/vinyl with 12 little pockets (each about the size of an index card) with a flap that keeps the pocket closed.  It turned out to be the perfect place to keep all of my Candy Land sets!  (I currently have 2, with one more on my wishlist!)  I got this organizer at Michael’s a couple of years ago in the scrapbook storage section.  It didn’t cost much more, if any, than $10.  With a coupon, you can’t beat that!  It’s very narrow and lightweight.  I had been keeping some small sets of random, homemade, rarely-used minimal pair cards in it. I like this idea much better!

And now for a giveaway!  I promised that when SLPirates’s Facebook page reached over 25 ‘likes”, I’d do a pirate-themed giveaway.  Welp, my “likes” skyrocketed to over 175 in about 3 hours (THANK YOU!), so it’s time for those pirates! I’m giving away a copy of my Vocalic /ar/ Board Games.  It is a set of 3 game boards targeting /ar/ in initial, medial, and final word position.  Take a look here.

Enter the giveaway via Rafflcopter below.

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Thanks for reading!  If you have pictures of your organization systems for your printed materials, please email them to SpeechLanguagePirates@gmail.com  I’d love to see them!
~Denise

GIVEAWAY!


My weekend has been VERY Fall-filled.  We went hiking in Shenandoah National Park (sometimes along the Appalachian Trail, accidentally – they really should label the trails and maps better) to see the leaves changing and give Porter some exercise! 



Justin adventured to see if he could get

to the top of that rock.  Porter was jealous.

Porter and I followed.  Porter scaled the back side of the rock in one leap.  I guess

all that practice with jumping over the backside of the couch was worth it.

Because I was so “into” Fall this weekend, I figured I’d do a giveaway of my most popular TPT product – my Fall Pragmatics Pack!  I will be giving one copy away here, via Rafflecopter, and another away on my Facebook page. 

The Pack targets 5 areas of pragmatics with differentiated levels for each area: Problem Solving (3 levels);  Asking Questions (2 levels); Making Comments (2 levels); Taking Perspective (2 levels); and Following Social Rules (2 levels).  All of the activities in this pack also target topic maintenance, turn taking, sharing opinions appropriately, & manners.
Because I have a slight case of OCD when it comes to organization and neatness (admitting it is the first step, right??), I made each activity have a  different Fall theme (i.e. acorns, squirrels, scarecrows, corn, etc) with each level having a different icon/clipart image for each.  This makes for easy organization!  I put each topic in a gallon zipper storage bag and then the differentiated levels are easy to find by sorting according to image!  (More on my organization of my homemade or printed materials later this week!)
My new blog-y friend, Jenn, did a review of this pack a few weeks ago.  Check it out here!
And now for the giveaway!  To enter via Facebook, go to my Speech Language Pirates’s Facebook page here and follow the directions.  Please “like” me while you’re there!
Enter via Rafflecopter below!
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Good luck, all.  Thanks for reading!
~Denise

Social Media

A couple more quick things today:
Follow me on Twitter (though I’m new at it and not very active…): @SpeechLangPatho

And stop by my Facebook page for updates and giveaways!  Here’s the link.  I will be running a pirate themed giveaway when I reach 25 facebook “likes”!! 


By the way – does anyone know how to add my TpT store button (and other buttons) to my page?  I couldn’t figure out it for the life of me.  Help a newbie out?  Leave a comment or send me an email if it’s too lengthy: speechlanguagepirates@gmail.com

Welcome to the Blogosphere

Hey there, blogosphere!  Since I read so many Speech/Language blogs, I decided to jump on the bandwagon!  It seems so fun to share ideas like this that I just had to get into the mix.

I guess I should start by telling you why I chose the blog name that I did.  I am a proud East Carolina University alumnus and have adopted “pirates” as my unofficial mascot because of it.  Pirates line the walls and bulletin boards in my speech room, my car’s license plate, and even some decor in my house.  I’m a fan of anything purple and gold, especially if it comes with an eye patch!  It’s a huge, happy coincidence that my favorite mascot utters the phrase that the majority of my students cannot. 
I am currently working in the public school system as an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  My favorite area to target is language!  I’ve always loved grammar and now I’m finally “allowed” to correct people publicly!  You will find many of my activities have to do with all areas of language.  I find those are the materials that are most lacking and the ones that students get bored of most easily.

Another topic or picture that will litter my blog is my puppy!  On Super Bowl Sunday 2012, my boyfriend and I adopted an 8 week old lab mix puppy named Porter.  Since then, he has made me more “outdoorsy” and active than I would have ever dreamed.  We love taking him hiking and enjoy watching him traverse the terrain better than anyone.  After all, he has 4 wheel drive!  He has an adorable personality and I plan to use the plethora of pictures that I’ve taken to develop some adapted books or other types of materials!  My facebook friends are probably sick of the exorbitant number of pictures that I take, but I can’t get enough of his sweet, “innocent” face and his beautiful, shiny, black fur!

Porter then:


Porter now:




And now for the Speech/Language aspect!  At the end of every artic session, I have students chart their accuracy.  I had seen this idea on a blog some time ago and decided to make my own chart.  I made a Word document with a simple bar graph and included a key for context and word position.  At the end of each session, I draw a line at the percentage and have the students color (with a highlighter) below that line.  I can easily access the percentages because I take data with the Super Duper Data Tracker app.  The app makes this process go a lot quicker because I don’t have to count tons of “+” & “-” signs!  I date the bar and circle whether it was in words, phrases, sentences, etc.  The students can choose what color highlighter to use for which word position.  (I’ve run out of purple VERY quickly!) I have been very pleasantly surprised at how into this activity my students get!  Many students ask, “Can I do my chart now?” or say, “I’ll get the highlighters!”  I always stress that they are competing against themselves, not against each other.  It’s funny sometimes to see my students working at the word level comment on the sentence level students’ charts and say, “I did better than you.”  I redirect them with the “compete only vs. yourself” mantra. But, little do they know that the sentence student is far beyond the word level!

Just today, I made a version for my language students.  I have one student who works on both artic and irregular plurals and irregular verbs.  On days that we work on grammar, he always seems disappointed that he doesn’t get to chart his progress that day.  So I gave him a chart and let him chart how he did today on his irregular plurals.  He noticed, “Aww man, I got a low score.”  He progressed very quickly with /th/, but is having much more difficulty moving through his grammar goals. 

This year, I had this banner made.  In my district, we have a center where we can make beautiful posters, signs, banners, materials, etc.  I contacted one of the artists there and (for a fee) he made me this GORGEOUS banner (*notice the pirate theme).  When students fill up their charts, I will hang them below this banner for others to see.  I wish I could hang it in the hall, but that seems like a confidentiality battle I don’t want to fight.  Charts have just begun to fill up, but I haven’t had a chance to hang them.  I will post a picture of that when it’s ready!

FREEBIE TIME!  Here is a link to the Word document of the chart.  Both the artic and language ones are included in the document.

Here is a pic of how some of my charts look:

And finally, here is a pic of some students playing my Monster Irregular Plurals game – the game that prompted me to make a language version of my charts!  Find this game, and many others, in my TeachersPayTeachers store here!



Thanks for reading and please leave a comment if you like what you see or have tried the accuracy charts!  I’d love to hear from you!

~Denise