No-Print Product Review

This week I had the pleasure of trying out my first “no print” activity.  On the surface, this type of product looks just like any other, however, it works just like an app!

Jess from Figuratively Speeching was kind enough to give me a copy of her Associations: An Interactive No Print Activity.  Associations

There’s a variety of ways that you can use the activity; I chose to use it on my Smart Board.  Don’t worry – if you don’t have a Smart Board you can use it on your iPad, laptop, or even your iPhone!

(For something like this, it’s handy to have it saved on your iPad or computer.   If you’re wondering how to save such a thing on your iPad, Dropbox is a great app for such a thing!  Go download it!)

I chose to use this activity with a group of moderate to severe language disordered students who all happen to have autism.  All are at a different level, both receptively and expressively, but this was easy to adapt to each student’s ability and goals.

When you first open the file (a PDF), the cover page will pop up.  I used this opportunity to give one student a direction: Touch the white flower next to the cat.”  (And he did it correctly!)

The next page to appear is the directions page.  I had read this before I started, so again I had the student click “next” to get to the first question.

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My first student needed tons of help to answer this question.  (He didn’t even know what bacon was!  Poor kid is missing out!)  After I prompted his threw it, I was also able to follow up the question with, “When do we eat bacon and eggs?”  Again, he needed a lot of help to avoid echolalia and answer this when question.

For the next aspect of the activity, I moved on to a different student whose language skills are a little higher.  I clicked the “MC” that you see on the right side of the screen.  He had a multiple choice choice for how bason and eggs go together.  After reading his choices, he was able to answer it correctly!  If you simply click the correct go together, you are taken to the main page which has links to all of the questions in the activity on it.

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I used this opportunity to ask him how they go together again.  Without having the written visual in front of him, it was a little more difficult and he needed prompting.

For another student in this group, associations are too high level.  Instead of having him select the go together, I asked him a question about object functions.  The associations question asked what went with “cookie”; I asked, “Which one do you drink?”  In the field of 3 given, “milk” was the correct answer so I just covered the question and let him choose according to my question.

My students, especially my ASD population, LOVE anything that has to do with interactive technology.  This activity is versatile, portable, and affordable!  I was able to target, not only associations, but wh- questions, following directions, and object functions.  Not to mention, my students worked on taking turns and sitting patiently while working their classmate go.

You can win your copy of this outstanding product below by entering the Rafflecopter.  Thanks, Jess, for giving me an extra copy to hand out to a lucky reader! (Click the Rafflecopter link to find the widget and enter!)
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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!

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

March Madness Freebie & Grammar Golf

I am ECSTATIC to see that my Facebook page has reached 800 likes.  Last night, when we hit that mark, I was watching the NCAA tournament, where my grad school alma mater (La Salle – a 13 seed) beat Kansas State (a 4 seed)!   Clearly, I have far less school spirit for my graduate school than I do for my undergraduate (hence the SpeechLanguagePirates name!) school.  But, it was fun nonetheless, so I decided to make a March Madness themed freebie.

It’s a barrier game with a basketball theme.  It includes a full page court (for use a the background), a ball, some hoops, 2 different girls teams, and 2 different boys teams. 

We all know the great flexbility of barrier games, but I made sure this version worked on LOTS of concepts and descriptive vocabulary: pronouns, adjectives, nominal phrases, plurals, negatives and more!  For example, “the girl in the blue uniform who is spinning the ball on her finger”; “the girls who are wearing purple uniforms”; “the basketball hoop that does not have a ball in it”; “the hoop that is full”. 

I also made a simple, 2 page board game that can be used with any activity you have.

I hope you enjoy it!  Find it here.

I’ve also just completed a new grammar download; it’s golf themed.  I know how much sports activities are appreciated by so many students.  When I saw this clipart, I HAD to buy it!  Isn’t it adorable?!

I’ve targeted a variety of grammar goals in this 45 page download.  Take a look:

There is a game board and special cards.

part of the board game

I also included title cards, so you can organize each deck easily.  The pictures on these correspond to the pictures in each set.
 
title cards for easy organization!

Irregular verbs: present & past pairs

some irregular verb cards

Irregular plurals: pg. 15-19 singular & plural pairs

some irregular plural cards

Do vs. Does, Have vs. Has, Is vs. Are: Fill-in the blank cards, each with a sorting mat

one of the sorting mats
some “have” cards
the is/are sorting mat
some of the “is” cards

Third Person Singular: Fill-in the blank

some third person singular -s sards

Subject-Verb Agreement: Fix the sentence to make sense

some subject-verb agreement

Pronouns, including subject, possessive, object, and reflexive.  Includes a visual/anchor chart and multiple choice cards.

some of the “he” cards

Check out this activity here!

Now here’s your chance to win this download!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
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Thanks for reading everyone!  I hope you find these new downloads useful!
~Denise

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

Super Bowl Sunday Sale & 2 new products

By now you’ve probably heard that TPT will be holding a Super Bowl Sunday Sale!  Sellers can choose to give 5, 10, 15, or 20% off their products.  Then, using the code “SUPER” at checkout, you can get an extra 10% off the already reduced prices.  That’s a total of 28% off!

I will be giving 20% off all of my products.  Be sure to get your wishlists ready and take advantage of this 28% off opportunity.

I’ve recently added two new products to my store.  Here’s a peak.

The first is a book companion for “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”.

My original inspiration for using this book actually came over the summer.  I was at Marshall’s and saw this ADORABLE spatula in their “impulse buy heaven” of a checkout line.  It was $2 and I had to have it.  I pinned it then but haven’t done anything with it. Until now.

I’d seen those of things on pinterest involving flipping “pancakes” as an activity.  Many of the items in this pack are pancakes.  So, break out your pink spray paint, head to the dollar store for a cookie sheet, and get to crafting!  That’s what I’m gonna do anyway…

There are a variety of preschool/Kindergarden topics covered.

Pages 2-4: props for story retelling, sequencing, story elements, and for use as visuals for a variety of tasks


Pages 5-7: Comprehension/Inferential questions & Pages 7-8: General Wh- questions




Pages 9-11: CVC words with /p, b, m, n, t, d/


Pages 12-20: Initial, medial, and final /g, k, f/ & Pages 21-24:  l blends, s blends





Pages 25-27: Phonemic awareness – word segmentation using compound words


Pages 28-29: Regular plurals


Pages 30-32: Sentence structure targeting is/are, with a pancake per word (for those who omit the helping verb)



Pages 33-35: Third person singular verbs (-s)


Pages 36-38: Basic concepts – clean/dirty, empty/full, hot/cold


Pages 39-41: Association matching (go-togethers)


Page 42: Prepositions


Pages 43-44: What does not belong?


Pages 45-46: Verbs


Pages 47-49: Object functions



Pages 50-53: Categories (receptive and expressive)


Pages 54-55: Attributes

  Grab this download here.

I also made a simple balloon themed phonemic awareness pack.  It targets initial sounds and rhyming.

Initial sounds:
Cute little clowns are holding balloons that have letters in them.  The letters are grouped according to age of acquisition and manner of production: B, P, M, N, T, D & K, G, F, W, H.

                                      

There are 8 picture flashcards per sound.  Draw one card at a time.  Students can use dry erase markers or bingo chips (if the sheets are laminated) to cross out that picture’s initial sound.  First one to “pop” all of their balloons, wins.  You could also use dot painters or finger paint to “pop” the balloons, if you don’t mind the sheets not being reusable.

I included some clowns with blank balloons in case you’d like to group your sound differently.  Or you could target lower case letters or a mix of upper and lower.

 Rhyming:
These mats have a bear and an alligator holding balloons.  Their balloons have pictures in them.  There are 15 picture cards (with words, so there’s no confusion) to draw.  Students pop ALL of the balloons on their mat that rhyme with the word.  First to pop all of their balloons, wins.

Time for a giveaway!  Enter below using Rafflecopter for your choice of either of the 2 products in this post.
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Hope you enjoy the sale and my new downloads.  I’ll be enjoying some greasy food and vats full of bleu cheese dressing.  Sadly, I’m not kidding.
~Denise

Winter Wishful Thinking – Giveaway!

Just like every other teacher (in most states) I pray for snow days.  However, as a former New Yorker now living in what I consider a “Southern” state (VA), I adore in the fact that I do not have to deal with 15 degree mornings, scraping the ice off my car before work (when I’m already running late), and tracking in dirty, brown slush everywhere I go.  It’s a very real inner struggle.  This week in therapy, I am mixing the best of both worlds!

The other SLP at my school found this awesome “instant snow” kit at Hallmark.  During the after Christmas sale, it was only $0.99!

This is what the packaging looked like.  It was originally $5.  I wouldn’t have paid that much, but it is definitely worth the dollar!
The powder (or “snow”) came in this tube, which was taped to the cardboard pictured above.  Please excuse the fruit bowl.  Use what you have…

This group is full of students from self-contained classrooms; their primary disorders include autism and intellectual disability.  My colleague and I share the group and we see them for a full hour.  We usually talk about our weekends and then do something fun and language rich for the rest of the session.  We started out seeing them for the usual half hour, but always had to end at a crucial and fun point in our weekend conversation so we upped it to a full hour session.  And I’m SO glad we did!  At the beginning of the session, we told them we were going to make something.  We gave them one clue that it was not something you eat and then had them guess.  One student guessed hot chocolate.  Another one, with poor initiation, guess we’d be making a Kleenex (there was a box of them next to her.).  This is why I love my job.

After we talked about our weekend, asking questions and formulating grammatically correct sentences, we gave the students a few more clues about what we were making.  We wrote each one on a post-it and laid them out on the table.

The clues were: “white”, “do not eat it”, “see it in winter” and “cold”.

They were able to synthesize all of this information and guess snow (one said “ice” – not bad).  Woo hoo!

Here are the students touching the powder while it was in my hand.  We described how it felt.  Most of them said, “warm”.  I think they were surprised that it wasn’t ice cold but honestly, they just felt the warmth of my hands. I guess the pretend aspect of this was a little too abstract.  It was a pretty coarse powder, so I shared that I thought it felt like sand.

To make the snow, all you have to do is mix it with water.  We had the students tell us step-by-step what to do:
Take off the cap; pour the powder in the bowl; go get water; pour the water in the bowl.

How cute is her blue nail polish?!

We gave each student a chance to dump a little of the powder in the bowl.  Then, while my colleague brought one of the students to go get water, I helped the rest of the group make predictions about where they were going to get the water; the water fountain or the bathroom.

We also talked about the “empty” tube we had.  We had a second package of “instant snow” so we contrasted the two tubes.  We also talked about what the word “instant” meant.

As we poured the water in, the powder grew to this awesome, fluffy consistency!  If you happen to do this with your own students, I’d suggest using REALLY cold water, only to give it more of an illusion of cold snow.

We talked about all of the things you can do in the snow – make snowballs, build snowmen, make a snow angel, etc. Then we passed the bowl around and let each student have a fun sensory experience touching the snow.

This student said, “Look!  I’m making a finger angel!”  So adorable!
attempting a snowball

As we recapped, we used regular and irregular past tense verbs to discuss how we made the snow.  They each used an adjective to describe the snow and how it felt.  We touched on SO many basic concepts, too.  They really LOVED this activity!  And for only 99 cents!  ❤

I’ve also recently added two new winter/Valentine’s themed products to my TPT store.  They are Valentine’s Wh- Questions & Valentine’s Listening and Describing.

The Wh-questions one is pretty self-explanatory.  It includes all 5 Wh- questions and How.  There are 8 of each question type, for a total of 48 questions in all.  Students collect their cards on their envelope.

Here’s a peak at a few of the cards:

The next is Valentine‘s Listening and Describing, which is very much like my Gingerbread Listening and Describing.  If you liked that pack, you’ll love this one!  And what kid doesn’t love a funny little monster now and then???  The pack targets conditional directions,exclusionary listening, listening for details, written descriptions, describing verbally, and negation.


In the first section, each student will get a monster.  They are all a little different and all pretty darn cute. There are two of each type of monster, just in a different color.  There are 10 different monsters in all!

 To play, give a conditional direction (or read one from the list of sample prompts).  Students must do what the direction says, according to their monster’s characteristics.  I’ve given a huge list of sample prompts, or you can come up with your own!  I also made all of the actions that the students need to take nonverbal (and mostly quiet) so that it is not disruptive and  you can tell if they did it correctly or not.  If they were all counting, saying their name, etc, it would make it a little hard!

After you’ve done the conditional directions part, students can write about their monsters.  They must give as specific a description as they can, since the monsters are all so similar.  I’ve included two different writing pages: a blank one and the one below.

Comes with an “answer key” so you can guide your students to the right answer.

I think it would be fun to read these aloud and have the rest of the students guess which monster is being described.  Or, hang them in the hall for everyone to guess!

Next is listening for details!  Students must use all the clues to decide which character you are describing.  The picture below will ideally be used as a mat (do not cut apart).  However, if your students need a smaller field or can handle a larger one, cutting it apart would work too!

Put this mat in the middle of the table for all to see or print one for each player.  If everyone has one, they can use a dry erase marker to eliminate the characters that you are not describing and use process of elimination to determine which you are talking about.  There are 4 mats, with 6 pictures each, for 24 total pictures.  Each picture comes with a unique list of clues for you to read.  All of them are organized according to numbers so there is no confusion.  Here’s just a sample.

I hope you enjoy these activities!  For a chance to win your choice of one of my Valentine’s packs, enter via the Rafflecopter below!
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Thanks for reading! Now go to your nearest Hallmark store and raid their “instant snow” department! 😉
~Denise

Cyber Monday (& Tuesday)

As most of you have probably heard, TPT is doing a huge Cyber Monday sale.  So huge, they are including Tuesday in the deal!  TPT is giving an extra 10% off all products (use the promo code CMT12), on top of what individual sellers are giving.  I am giving 15% off all of the products in my store.

During the busy holiday weekend, I tried to get as many downloads done as I could.  I tried to target the areas you request most!  I was able to complete 2 products: Snowy Social Scenarios & Hot Cocoa Questions.

Hot Cocoa Questions is a 14 page download targeting all types of Wh- questions plus “How?”!  There are 66 total cards: 12 who, 12 what, 12 where, 12 when, 12 why, 6 how, and 6 special cards.  All of the questions are winter-themed and appropriate for lower to middle elementary students.

Snowy Social Scenarios is a follow-up to my Fall Pragmatics Pack.  It, like many of my most popular products, is leveled.  There are a variety of Pragmatic Language targets in the pack:
Problem Solving (elementary): multiple choice & open-ended
Problem Solving (middle school): multiple choice & open-ended
Perspective Taking: multiple choice & open-ended
Social Rules (rude vs. polite): sorting & open-ended
It is 27 total pages in length and easy to organize according to the graphic/topic.

To make things a little more interesting, I’d like to add another spin to the Cyber Monday/Tuesday deal!  If you spend $10 or more in my TPT store, I will send you a FREE product!  I have had an idea about a topic maintenance activity for some time now.  I finally decided how I’d like to do it, I just haven’t had a chance to finish (start, for that matter) it in time for the sale.  Those of you who take advantage of this sale will be able to ALL have a free copy of this soon-to-come download!  In order to qualify for the freebie, the $10 minimum must be made on Monday 11/26 and/or Tuesday 11/27.  So that I can verify your participation, please email me your TPT username.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation.  I hope you find my additional giveaway helpful!

Happy shopping!
~Denise