Turtle Power!

My latest download is actually a series, so I figured I’d show you all that it has to offer.

The first products focus on articulation.  There are two versions: one for early sounds and one for late sounds.

Here are the sounds contained in each pack:

Early sounds
Late sounds

Here’s some examples of what the pages look like:

Initial /w/
Final /ch/

Find the early sound pack here and the late sounds pack at this address.

Next up is language.  It includes both receptive and expressive tasks.

Here’s a list of what’s included in this download:

Some examples of the receptive pages:

There are a variety of following directions tasks.

Next are some visuals for describing attributes, along with cards to help.  They can be sorted onto the pictures or used as visual cues.  There are 4 attributes per picture/noun.

 Next there are prepositions of location.  Below is the page with words, but there is also a page without words.

 Next, students must put the steps of a familiar sequence in the correct order.

The last receptive area is answering questions.  It includes all 5 Wh- questions, but below are just a few.

Next come the expressive tasks.
The first expressive area is compare & contrast.  Visuals are used!

Then comes sequences, where students must independently describe the order of events for the tasks listed.

The next areas are synonyms and antonyms.  I tried to pick words that are not the typical, simple ones you always see.

The last few pages work on categories in a variety of ways.  This is a huge area of need for my first graders, so I just had to include it!  (They’re the ones that I specifically made this pack for.  Last week one said, “This game is so fun.  Thank you for making it for us!”  So sweet!)

Students must list items in the given category.

Students must decide which item in the list does not belong.  My students are pros at this when visuals are involved, but have much more difficulty when just words are used.

The category names required are both concrete and abstract, simple and more advanced.
The last packet is grammar.  It targets a bunch of areas for preschoolers through early elementary.

A detailed description of what’s included
a few subject pronouns

some object pronouns

a couple of the possessive pronoun sentences

Some of my preschoolers need I vs me help!

One of the sorting mats.  Cut them along the horizontal lines.  There is also a set of mats that includes visuals for each word!

The regular past tense sentences, with visuals.  The present tense of the verb is discretely written in a script font on the sewer lids, in case you need a little help prompting 🙂

Sooooooooo many of my kids need third person singular -s help!

Have students formulate a sentence with present progressive verbs using the picture given.

Sorting mats for the is/are, have/has, do/does cards.  Cut along the vertical lines!

A, The, or An: a sorting mat/anchor chart is included for these, as well!

Put the words in order to formulate a grammatically correct question – a real struggle for many!
Now, if you really want a deal, I’ve bundled all of these products together! So, you get 4 products for the price of 3!  It’s a 25% savings!  Find the bundle here.
Here’s you chance to win your choice of one of the above downloads (not the bundle).  Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope your kids love these turtles (and packets) as much as mine do!


Paint Chip Turkeys

For the past two weeks, I’ve made paint chip turkeys with a good majority of my groups.  I found the original idea here, but didn’t want to work on “I’m thankful for…” with my groups.  Instead, we targeted artic, Wh- questions, pronouns, comparing/contrasting, yes/no questions, absurdities, regular past tense verbs, social skills, and sequencing.  Yes, all of that, sometimes 3-4 things in one session, all with one cute (almost free) craft!

My co-SLP and I raided the paint sections at both Home Depot and Lowe’s.  We grabbed a ton of different shapes, sizes, and colors.  Here’s our loot before we started.

I cut the wide paint chips into 3 long strip, to make them look more like “feathers”.  (The funny shaped ones, that actually look like a feather, came from Home Depot, by the way!)
To target a variety of speech/language goals, I went through my Super Duper “Fun Deck” books.  I have all four at my school, so it was easy to go through them and find a target for each student.  For the artic kids, I used my Jumbo Webber Artic Drill book.  To make the papers fit onto the feathers, I put the page(s) I wanted on the copy machine and shrunk them to 50%.  They may be difficult for you to see, but I promise it won’t be an issue for your students (with the exception of any vision problems, obviously).
I cut out the pertinent information into little boxes for each student.  The student above is working on answering wh- questions given 3 choices.  Some students were shown a picture and asked to label the verb, insert the correct pronoun, compare and contrast the pictures, etc.  The Fun Deck worksheet books covered EVERYTHING that I needed!
verbs and when questions

more when questions

absurdities and answering yes/no questions
It was a great way to work on following directions, too.  Once our feathers were complete, I had the students put some glue on the bottoms of their paint chips and put it on the back of a brown circle I had cut.  This was difficulty for some, so I drew an “X” on the bottom and had the student “put the glue on the X.”  For the turkey’s face, I had students use Sharpie markers to draw an upside-down yellow triangle for the beak and an upside-down red heart for the waddle.  I used googley-eyes, too.  Then we did stick-figure legs on the bottom.  Some students chose to get creative and draw wings on their turkeys, too.  We had the students describe their turkeys’ faces using adjective+noun phrases (i.e. yellow triangle & red heart).  It also worked on features of animals: beak, waddle, eyes, legs, feathers.



social skills

final /b/

past tense verbs

subject pronouns

Why questions

Wh- questions

Wh- questions

Wh- questions

pronouns & absurdities
I couldn’t pick just one…  The last two pictures are of students following the direction, “put your turkey on your head”.  Just some silly fun 🙂
We also worked on conditional directions when we were finished:  “If your turkey has a red feather, go line up at the door.”
Go ahead and bombard your nearest home improvement store.  And save any extras you have for spring time!  😉

More Decor

Ask and you shall receive!  I had some questions about the components of my bulletin board that I showed you last week – specifically about my behavior clip chart and my articulation rating scale.  Well, here they are for you to download!

Here’s a couple snapshots of what the behavior clip chart looks like.

I assembled mine vertically and use clothes pins to attach students’ names.  Everyone starts on “All Aboard” and moves up/down according to their behavior in Speech.  It is pirate themed and tailored to Speech.  Check out the behavior clip chart here!
I also made an articulation rating scale.  I started using this with a “stubborn /r/” and have had great success with it!  Students produce their sound and then rate it, on a scale of 1-5.  Each number has a “description” next to it.  You can take it a step further and ask “Why?” was it not “perfect” and what they can do to change it.  I think it works best with /r/, since there can be so many variations of productions, but you could certainly use it with any other phonemes that your students are working on!

I also assembled this vertically and hung it behind me on my bulletin board so all of the students can see.  Find the artic scale here!

My Therapy Room

Despite my best efforts to stall it, summer is ending.

When I walked into my room last Thursday, this is what I found:

Everything was pushed toward the center, so I had some furniture rearranging to do.  Once I got everything where it needed to be I found the custodian and asked if he had any tall bookshelves I could have.  He said, “Only that metal one.  It’s old and a mess!”  No problem!  I have plenty of plastic “fabric” to cover it!  He hauled it upstairs for me and I got to work!
Here are some before pictures.  What was the obsession with this hideous “mauve” color that every filing cabinet and shelf in my school is?!  YUCK!
It was filthy!

Tons of old masking tape on the top of it.

The theme of my room is definitely “Pirates” but the secondary theme is “black and white patterns” with hot pink accents. So, if I can’t work pirates into the decorating, it’s a black and white pattern!

A couple years ago, I found huge packages of plastic fabric at Wal-Mart.  It was in the fabric section; it’s actually “Con-Tact” brand.  Although, it’s not shelf liner.  It was a HUGE piece of continuous fabric – if I had to guess, I’d say it was about 10’x10′.  It was folded in a small square and wrapped in clear plastic. The picture on the back of the package showed it could be used as a cover for a BBQ grill. (Err, huh?  Who covers their grill in this gorgeous stuff?!)  I bought two packs of them – one black and white damask print and one black and white polka dots.  (**I tried to find the product online but couldn’t.  Sorry!) 

I started by measuring the piece for the top.  I used a spray adhesive to get it to stick on.  I used the end of a binder to smooth everything out.

To do the side, gravity was sort of working against me.  So, I starting by taping the piece I had cut at the top.  Then I sprayed the adhesive on a small area and smoothed it out.

I just kept spraying small areas as I went down.

When I was done with the fabric, I added ribbon to the outside edge of the inside shelves.  I used hot glue to put that on.

I also have a huge filing cabinet behind me when I’m at my desk. I also covered it with the Con-Tact paper and some ribbon. Here’s it is!


Here are all the “go-together” cutouts I got last year and over the summer! I got them all laminated and then had some students who were visiting help me cut the out.  I can’t wait to use them!

I’m lucky enough to have a SMART Board.  Last year I used a flimsy plastic table cloth on the board around it.  I didn’t love how it looked, because I had to piece it together so it looked very “band-aid”.  this year I used a full piece of the Con-Tact paper I had – this time polka-dot!  Then, I used black and white polka dot border around it.  Much better!  I wish I had a before picture to show you.  It’s a huge improvement!

I had seen on Pinterest that a classroom teacher made buttons for her students to wear when they got 100 on a test.  They got to wear them all day and as they passed other teachers in the hallway, they were congratulated on their accomplishment.  I think this is the cutest idea so I adapted it for Speech!  I bought these buttons at Michael’s.  I think they were like $2.

Then, I printed the words “I got 100% in Speech today” & “Ask me how I did in Speech today” on bright, fun backgrounds.  Six of each saying because there were 12 buttons in the package.  They are polka dot and diagonal stripes: yellow, orange, purple, green, blue, and pink.

I cut them out with my new circle cutter! (I bought this one and LOVE it!You can choose whatever size you want.)  The buttons required a 2.25″ circle, so that’s what these are.  If you’d like to print them for yourself, here they are!

I’ve decided to use some of my empty wall space to make a Word Wall.  Again – it’s black, white, and hot pink.  Here’s the stuff all cut out:

Grab a copy for yourself here.  It’s an editable ppt file so you can change it how you want!  I haven’t put it on my wall yet, because I’m waiting for my banner to arrive (under which I’ll hang my students’ accuracy charts).

Over the summer, I found two great posters at the Dollar Tree: synonyms and antonyms.  I hung them on the chalk board which is behind me as I’m sitting at the table doing therapy.  On the chalk board is also: a poster I made with a treasure map, my behavior clip chart, some describing and pronoun anchor charts, my rating scale for /r/ students (on a scale of 1-5), and a funny /r/ poster I made using various things I found online.  Here’s how I set it up!

There was some space above my SMART Board so I wanted to add something.  I chose to make a banner illustrating the steps of articulation therapy.  It has a treasure map, “X marks the spot” theme.  Get the elements of it here to make your own!

 Some close-ups:


We are only allowed to cover our door with a certain amount (small amount!) or paper due to fire codes.  I saw this idea from “The Buckeye Speech Path” and decided to make my own version.

You can grab the letters for yourself in this download!  The bottom part of the poster with the SLPs’ names on it says, “Arrrrgh happy to have you on board.”

Here is a bulletin board of some personal pictures.  I found some cute pirate fabric, that also happened to be pink and black, at Wal-Mart.  I used that as the background on a cork board that I had and used pink & black argyle duct tape as the border.  Above it, I printed out my chalkboard style poster with a quote from Oscar Wilde that I really like.  I put my polka dot border around it and it’s done!  You can grab that poster here!


I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my therapy room!  Please share any pictures of how you use any of the freebies in this post.  You can use the hashtag #SLPirates on instagram, too!  Or tag me; my Instagram used name is @speechlanguagepirates

SLPs care for Oklahoma

There are numerous efforts by tons of generous SLPs to help replenish the materials libraries of therapists affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.  I will be participating by donating 2 products to bundles that will be for sale. 

We were also asked to print and laminate our best selling TpT product and send it to the 4 SLPs we know of in Moore that were affected, including Amy Minor of Major Speech Pathology Fun with a Side of Gluten Free. I will be sending four copies of my best selling “Listening Comprehension Pack – Differentiated with Visuals”, along with a postcard from my area.  The postcards will allow the recipients to see just how many places and from how far these gifts have come.  How fun!?

I took this opportunity of writing postcards to do an activity with my students.  I found this great postcard template on craftideas4kids.com.  Since it’s an image, I saved it and printed a bunch of copies on cardstock in 5×7 sizes.  This ensures enough room for kids to draw and write.

I had my second grade /r/ & /th/ group brainstorm some ideas for what to draw and write.  I told them they could draw anything on the front that had to do with Virginia or Washington DC (our nearest city).  Then, we talked about the words that we’d be writing that had their sounds in it: Moore, tornado, postcard, etc. 

Here is how the fronts of them turned out:

Washington Monuments and Virginia Beach are what everyone picked.

Here are the messages:

I assure you our “tornado” was nothing, just unusual for our area so it made the news…

He is hoping for a response by asking “What is your name?”
If you are the receiving SLP, I’d be forever indebted to you if you responded! 😉

I will send their postcards along with the activities I’m printing.  Hopefully the SLPs in Moore will enjoy seeing some work from my Speech kids, too 🙂

Stay tuned to this and other blogs to see where you can purchase SLP bundles whose proceeds benefit the people devasted by the tornadoes.

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!