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!

CELF problems?

Do you have students who do poorly on the following directions subtest of the CELF-4?  (Have you heard they’re making changes for the CELF-5?  Well, there is still a following directions subtest and the items involve many of the same concepts.)  I found that finding materials to use with students who struggle with these skills (i.e. temporal concepts, multi-step directions, basic concepts, directions with a LOT of language, etc.) was way too difficult.  I decided to make a leveled following directions packet to systematically teach and probe these skills.

 There are 6 levels of difficulty.  The components of each and the concepts targeted are described in detail on the contents page (shown below).

Levels 1 & 2 correspond to a set of 3 visuals (labeled A, B, & C).  There are 16 directions for each visual A, B, & C.

Some examples of level 2 directions that correspond to visual A.


Levels 3-6 correspond to a set of 12 visuals (labeled D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, & O).

Below are some examples of directions that pertain to the visuals pictured above.  They are for levels 3-6.


The number/letter code at the top left corner of each card shows what level the card is and to which visual it pertains.

I’ve also included a data sheet so you can keep track of the types of errors your students are making.


In total, this download has 432 directions: 216 two step directions and 216 three step directions.  The various levels make this appropriate for a wide variety of students/groups.  The vocabulary pictured is simple: computers, notebooks, numbers, and letters.

I hope this is helpful for you and all of those students who struggle with those complex temporal directions (like on the CELF)!  Find it here.

What Moore can we do to help?

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the efforts we SLP bloggers have organized in order to try to help the Moore, OK tornado victims.  One of those affected was our very own blogger friend Amy from Major Speech Pathology Fun by a Minor Girl.  Twenty nine (yes, 29!) TpT authors/bloggers donated their products to two different Speech/Language bundles.

Along with many of your other favorite Speech bloggers, I contributed two different products: Irregular Verb Cupcakes & Spa Party S-Blends.  You can take a look at the bundles and purchase them for a donation of just $15.  That’s over 25 products for only $15! 

Head over to Major Speech Pathology Fun by a Minor Girl to see all that’s in each bundle and to purchase them!  Click the stamp send your best wishes by buying these 2 AWESOME bundles!

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

Gingerbread Language Pack

I recently updated one of my students’ goals to include following conditional directions.  While working on it last week, I realized that he is capable of following them when I am speaking to just him, but when they are given in a group, he loses this ability.  This prompted me to make my latest activity – Gingerbread Language pack! 

In it, I target the following receptive and expressive skills:
following conditional directions
exclusionary listening
listening for details
written descriptions
describing verbally
There are 6 different mats/gingerbread men to give to students.  These can be duplicated if you have more than 6 students in your group.
Each gingerbread man has different buttons, eyes, noses, mouths, and other accessories.  I also provide a list of conditional directions.  Your options are certainly not limited to this list!  You can make them easier or harder.  I’ve included 2 steps in mine (i.e. “If your gingerbread man is holding 1 lollipop, clap your hands.  If not, touch your nose.”).  I’ve made all of the tasks involved non-verbal, so they can be done in a group and still maintain a level of composure among the group.  If they all started singing their ABCs or counting to 10, it would get a little crazy!
These same mats can be used for describing.  This can be done verbally or with the writing sheets provided.  I have provided a blank version and a scaffolded version.  These versions allow for different ability levels to participate in the same task.  Can the other students guess which gingerbread man is being described?  You could write the correct answer (a number) in the corner, cover it with a post-it, and write “Lift for Answer” on the post-it. 
The next group of tasks involves listening for details and exclusionary listening.  Print a mat of pictures for each student and laminate it.  As you read the descriptions (out of order) and students must decide which gingerbread man is being described.  They can use a dry-erase marker to cross out, using process of elimination to find out which gingerbread man you are describing.  You could also decrease the field to make it less difficult.
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~Denise