Adverb Arcade & a St. Patrick’s sensory craft

Many people have been requesting activities targeting adverbs.  Well, I made just that!  It, like many of my activities, gives a variety of levels.  Also, the arcade theme is appropriate for a variety of ages.

There are 4 posters/anchor charts/visuals that explain: what an adverb is, how an adverb differs from an adjective, examples of adverbs (broken up into type), and examples of difference types of adverbs in sentences. 

Here is a picture of one of the visuals:

There is also a game board:

Then come the task cards.  There are 4 different levels/types of responses, with 17 of each.  Here’s a glimpse:

Receptive: identifying the adverb.
Expressive: multiple choice, fill in the blank.
Expressive: correct the sentence.

Expressive: Finish the sentence, open-ended
While using this download, the SLP/teacher can discuss what word is being modified (described), what type of adverb it is, and what question it is answering.  I hope this is something you can use!  Check it out here.  Leave a comment below for a chance to win this download!  I’ll pick my favorite comment on Monday (3/18/13) and announce it on my Facebook page!
Now onto my regular Wednesday post for those minimally/non verbal students on your caseload!  Much like my Valentine’s craft, for St. Patrick’s day we again used Jell-o.  I actually found Jolly Rancher brand gelatin!!!! For 50 cents at Wal-mart! Could it get any better?!  (Maybe if I had actually made it and eaten it…) 
We cut out shamrocks (forgot the green paper, whoops) using the Ellison press.  When I opened the bag of jell-o, the sour apple flavored powder looked VERY pale.  I was afraid it wasn’t going to look green on the white paper.
This time, we went a little different route than we did with the Valentine’s hearts.  We poured liquid glue in a big bowl.  The students took turns squeezing the glue bottle.  When that got tiresome (for me, more than anyone) we got the HUGE bottle of glue refill and had the students take turns pouring it into a measuring cup, then dumping that into the large bowl.  More OT skills targeted, that way!  Then the students all took turns dumping the jello powder into the bowl.  We then passed around the bowl and mixed it!  (It did turn out much more green than I originally anticipated – thankfully!) Then we put each student’s shamrock into the lid of a cardboard box and had them “paint” the jello-glue mixture onto them.  Here are some pictures:
mixing the glue and jello

the box lid helped avoid a mess!

painting it on!

our finished products!

These are to be used as “air fresheners”.  Once dry, their teacher is going to punch a hole in them and string green yarn through it so it can be hung.
The smell on these were not as strong and long-lasting as our Valentine’s hearts.  I’m not sure if it was our method or the brand of jell-o.  If you’re going to do this, use jell-o brand jello- (buy the jolly rancher for yourself – let me know how it is!) and shake the powder onto the glue rather than premixing it, to ensure yours are better than mine were.
Either way, the students loved it and it was language rich!
Enjoy! ~Denise


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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, all.  Thanks for reading!

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: