Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vocab Sheets

I'm celebrating finally being on break today! Hooray!

Just a quick freebie for you today. Most of my 4th and 5th graders have curriculum vocabulary goals. Sometimes we use these sheets to write vocabulary definitions or sentences on. It seems to help them to have these sheets with a background that is a visual for the subject area.

We decorate the boring brick walls in my little speech room!

Download it for free HERE!

Off to pack my suitcase now! It's been a hard year for my family, so I'm looking forward to some down time to spend with all the ones I love! Hope you get to spend some time with your family! See you in 2012!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter Inferencing

This post is courtesy of my good friend Jamie Cooley!  Jamie is in her CF year in the schools in Ohio. She rocks as an SLP and as a friend too :) She made this print and go winter inferencing activity!

Jamie said that she usually cuts them  apart and puts all the clues into an envelope. Then she hands each kid a clue to read. They highlight the important part of each clue and then use what they already know plus the clues to figure out the answer in the envelope!

Grab Jamie's freebie HERE!!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

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Just a quick note, to tell you that I am feeling the love!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

World Records in Speech

Today’s post is all about another activity that you make once – and then use for EVERY (school aged) group you see during the day. These are my favorite types of activities. Mostly because I just don't have any planning time during my day.

You will need a World Records book of some type. I got mine from the Goodwill for a buck. Mine is actually the Scholastic version – which is easier to read than the Guinness Version. But whatever you can find will work.

The first step is to cut out the pages. So that you have easy to use single sheets. See where I’m going here? They are easy for kids to look through and pick out. They’re colorful and packed with  paragraph full of facts.

Drum Roll Please………. 10 ways I used these World Record Sheets.

1.     Fluency. Students read the passage and were required to use their fluency strategies at least 3 times (and verbally identify when they used them.)

2.     Articulation: As student read the passage they identify any words with their target sound. Write those down. Practice the words in isolation. Reread the passage and shoot for 100%.

3.     Comparatives/Superlatives. Identify the comparative or superlative in the title. (ex: largest) and work on identify the others in the sequence (large, larger, largest).

4.     Comparatives/Superlatives: See the graph on the picture? Every page has one. The student reads the graph and then develops appropriate world relations.

5.     Main Idea/Details: Name the main idea and 3 details.

6.     Conjunctions: Identify any conjunctions in the article. Circle any you find. Develop a sentence using each.

7.     Conversation starters. Each child reads their article. Then the students work on conversation while asking about each others reading!

8.     Synonyms. Pick a few words you want your students to find synonyms for. Let them read the article. Let them come up with synonyms in words that would work within the sentences provided.

9.     Vocab. Pick a vocabulary word. Have your student define the word using a dictionary. Use it in a sentences applicable to themselves.

10.  Compare/Contrast. Read 2 similar articles (ie: animals). Have the students compare them using graphic organizers as needed. 

Did this give you some ideas?! I hope so! 

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Elf on the SPEECH Shelf

Are you guys Elf on the Shelf-ing at home? My students are having a great time telling me all of their Elf excursions. One of the followers of Speech Room News emailed me last week and asked me if I had any ideas for using the Elf in speech.  What a great idea it turned out to be!

Elf on the Speech Shelf is brought to you by Karen Parden MS, CCC-SLP. Karen works in the public schools with children from ages 3-12 (Preschool-Middle School). She is working on her  Auditory-Verbal Certification. You can contact her at  Email: kparden@hsv.k12.al.us

There are a few ways to get your Elf involved in your speech room. I don't have an Elf to use at school so my students are filling out the little sheet each morning about their elves at home. I'm focusing on spatial concepts.

Download my printable HERE!

Karen is using her Elf during speech. Her speech elf has been very busy.

CUTE right?!! Well Karen has given you a great free printable today. She created this great book unit complete with comprehension questions, artic targets and vocabulary words.

Grab your free download HERE!

Don't you love it?! Thanks so much Karen!!

Do you have a great idea? I would LOVE to hear it. Email me at speechroomnews@gmail.com

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Tree Synonyms

First off. THANKS, for all the EDU blog votes. Pop over and vote again today! You can vote everyday until Dec. 13th.

Today I'm bringing you a quick download to use in your therapy room. The download includes Christmas trees that you can write targets on, cut apart and let students match together.

I used them a few ways. I made some articulation trees, some synonyms trees, some vocab trees.  My preschool friends, matched capital and lower case letters. Unfortunately the only pictures I took are of the synonym trees - so you need to use your imagination a little!

Grab your free download right HERE!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

EduBlog Award Nominee! Hooray!

I've been nominated!! Wow! Exciting! 

I'm so honored to have been nominated for the Best New Blog award over at EduBlog Awards.

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You can vote daily until Dec. 13th. Thanks for the comments and love you all have shared. I'm so happy that someone else is using my materials and finding some inspiration. As long as you all keep commenting and letting me know you're using them -- I will keep sharing them with you!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

O Christmas Tree, Preschool Christmas Tree.

I'm back today with an easy holiday activity you can make in 15 minutes or less! (Except the Target trip... that will cost you a few hours!) One of my students was absent this week and I made (and dreamed up) this entire activity in his 15 minute slot. (I spent the other 5 minutes grabbing caffeine from the vending machine!)

First you're going to need to hit up the Target dollar spot. I bought 2 tubes of these small bulbs, for a buck each. 

Some are shiny, and some are covered with sparkles! They are plastic and won't break easy! The next step is to make a Christmas tree. I made mine out of bulletin board paper and ran it through the laminator. Then print the download below with lights, candy canes and a star. Laminate them as well! Now break out your velcro. Velcro everything to the tree.

I took everything off and stuck it in a box to start with. At circle we talked about what we put on our trees. Then we sorted the items (lights, ornaments, candy, star). We talked about the EMPTY tree and the FULL box. We talked about more/less and compared how many of each kind we had. 

Then I let the students come up and pick out items to put on the tree. As each child took their turn I targeted their individual goals. These included: vocabulary, WH questions, spatial concepts, descriptive concepts, articulation, verb + ing, future/past tense (last Christmas, next Christmas), and 1 & 2 step directions. 

Download the graphics HERE for free :)

****Edit: Here is the link for a communication symbols to use with this activity! Grab it HERE. You will need boardmaker to open this attachment.

In the Christmas tree ornament spirit, I had a great activity sent in by a follower of the blog! Kellie Meixner sent in this flexible activity. 

These cute ornaments are shown using synonyms and antonyms but you could use them for anything! Vocab, articulation, WH questions, etc! Thanks Kellie!!

You'll need boardmaker to use the download. Grab if for free HERE.

If you have an idea to share, just email me at jenna.rayburn@gmail.com. I would LOVE to share it! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Menorah Therapy Activities

It’s that time of year! Hope you’re looking forward to the Holidays! A few of my students celebrate Hanukkah so when Heidi over at PediaStaff asked me to create some speech or language activities that incorporated the Jewish holiday I didn’t hesitate.

What I came up with is so flexible that I used it with EVERY group I saw yesterday! You can’t beat that!!

You start by letting your student draw the menorah on your white board. This is great for skills like problem solving, multi-step directions, sequencing, initiating and social communication. My students got a lot of experience negotiating with their speech buddies!

There are a few versions of this activity. The first one is generic! It just has candles that are blank. I suggest printing a few sets, laminating them, and then writing on them with dry erase markers, so you can just erase and write new targets with each group that you see throughout the day. I used them with articulation targets, vocabulary, pronouns, categories and basic concepts. 

This picture shows how I used it for spatial concepts. The kids had to use my magnets to show the meaning of the concepts. The student wrote ‘between’ on the flame and then showed the meaning of between using the magnets!

Another version of this activity contains coordinating conjunctions on the flames. One of my groups has been working on creating complex sentences. Some students just created sentences orally. Some needed more structure so I wrote two independent clauses on the board and they added the correct conjunction.

The last version includes articulation targets for the /l/ phoneme. To make any other articulation target, just grab a copy of the blank flames and add words with a marker. Or better yet have the students generate words with their targets!

Grab your copies here:

Hope you get some use out of this activity! Check back later this week for a Christmas activity! 

Please ignore the weird spacing on this post. Blogger is being stubborn!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Using Comics for Inferences

Several of my 4th and 5th graders are working on inferences. We started with this inferencing poster. We talked all about how we use inferences in everyday life. We role played some skits to work on social inferencing and now we've moved on to using comics!

These comics are great because they are short. They deal with a lot of pictures and they engage the kids. I'm finding them to be a good step before actually working on inferencing from paragraphs or book (which give don't provide the visuals). Although we're explicitly working on inferencing, these activities also work on cause/effect, prediction, sequencing and figurative language. We also throw in some explanations of the humor for my students on the autism spectrum in the group.

To use the comics, I start by modeling the steps several times. I model my thinking for each step. Even with modeling, it's a pretty difficult skill for language disordered kiddos.

The comics in your download are displayed twice. On one comic strip, a speech bubble is blocked off. Print both copies and glue them back to back before laminating. Instruct your student to  read the comic  and make an inference (using context clues and their schema) about what the comic could say. After they take a guess and the group discusses, flip the comic over to see the full original version.

Pick up your copy HERE.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homemade Thumball

Have you seen the Thumball's? They are a great idea for working on language while getting the kids up and moving. I really wanted one, but already spent my therapy dollars for the year, so I made one! There are many types of Thumballs, but I made a categories ball and an articulation ball. Students pass the ball to each other, catch the ball, and then name members of the category for the circle where their thumb landed.

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Luckily they are easy to re-create. I started with a trip into Goodwill. I got 2 small soccer balls for a dollar. On my first ball I wrote categories (weather, vehicles, states, sports, etc.) 

I also wanted to make a more generic ball that I could use for articulation. On this ball I wrote letters of the alphabet.

When students catch the ball they read the letter where their thumb lands. Then they look at the Activity Sheet (available on the Thumball website HERE). I have several sheets made for every sound target, so the students get their own sheet.

The students find the letter their thumb landed on and say the words listed, and then use the words in a sentence. 

For the older kids, when the novelty has worn off, I give them bingo chips and they cover the letter  on the sheet as they land on it. The student who gets them all covered first wins.