Tuesday, September 16, 2014

S.A.L.L. for ALL: Fall [giveaway]

Did you see it? The latest thing to hit my store? I'm quite excited about it because I'm hoping it'll make planning much easier for fall. Perhaps another season might follow if people are interested!

It's 110+ pages FULL of fall themed material that is broken down by 4 themes: apples, pumpkins, leaves, and football. Did I mention it's CCSS aligned? There are activities that should work with K-5th grade students. Individual activities within each theme vary; however, in each theme there are nonfiction passages, 2 stories (one for K-2, one for 3rd-5th), and open-ended articulation activity, and a simple craft activity. 

The following CCSS are targeted in this packet:
K.L 1b. Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs
K.L 5c. Identify real life connections between words and their use
1.SL 6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation
K.L 1f. Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities
1.RL 1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
1.L 4a. Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
K.SL 6. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly
2.L 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases
K.L 5a. Sort common objects into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent
2.3.L 1b. Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns
1.RL 9. Compare and contrast the adventure and experiences of characters of character in stories
K.L 1e. Use the most frequently occurring prepositions
3.L 5a. Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases 
K.L 5b. Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites
K.L 5d. Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action by acting out the meanings
2.3.L 1d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs

You can see all the different activities in the TpT listing and by downloading the preview. Here are a couple more pictures to give you more of an idea:

This is an idiom matching game, you can also choose to play without the answer choices:

These helmets are for comparing/contrasting:

These leaves are for irregular plurals:

Roll a die and cross off an antonym (synonym page also included):

You can win a copy by entering below:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Speachy Feedback September 2014

My favorite reason to look forward to a Monday! Speachy Feedback Linky time!

Here is my winner for this month:

Thanks Julianne for leaving great feedback! Email me at teachspeech365@gmail.com with your choice of product (no bundles)!

If you're interested in checking out Speech & Language Zoo, head here!

Make sure to check Nicole's original post to see if you won from any other SLP bloggers!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Peek At My Week: 9/14

Tomorrow begins week #3! This past week, I had fun using My Speech-O-Graphy and getting to know what my students did over the summer. It was also a great way to remind students of their speech goals!

Again, I'm trying to plan by the month instead of by the week. Mainly to keep my sanity. I plan general activities and then tweak as necessary. So here's a peek at my upcoming week:

I may be sneaking in a little pirate fun here and there, since I forgot September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. Whoops. A quick Pinterest search didn't fail, and I found this fun free bingo board from Our Home Creations that I can adapt and use with any goal. Click here to be taken to that post and make sure you thank Natalie for the freebie! 

For my K-2 crowd, I'll be using Carl's Crazy Day, which is a No Print Speech Therapy (NPST) activity in my store. It is like a "choose your own adventure" story, with built in options that students can choose throughout the original story. The packet also comes with a separate printable file with worksheets for followup. Download the story onto your iPad using the Adobe app or iBooks and touch the choices! Click the picture below to check it out!
For my artic kids, we'll be looking for words that contain their sounds. My language kids will be answering WH questions, retelling the story, and working on the vocabulary in the story. 

For the 3rd-5th grade crowd, we'll be trying out Denise's (Speech Language Pirates) Reader's Theater. Click below to be taken to this product description:

There are 3 plays included, so I can use one now and save the other 2 for later! I love that it will hit a ton of goals and I don't have to worry about having multiple different activities. 

Enjoy your week! Hope you got some good ideas to make your life easier!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clinical Skills Confidence: Sharing Results At Meetings

I'm not one of the people that really enjoys public speaking. In fact, in high school, I pretty much did anything to avoid it. Then in college, we needed to do presentations. I got more used to it and sometimes (gasp) even sort of enjoyed it! Still, when I know I have to speak in front of people, I get nervous. Those butterflies can dance a mighty jig! 

I'm not sure that grad school really prepared me for sitting in IEP or eligibility meetings. Especially the part where I need to share results. Here are my tips for coasting through it without breaking (too much of) a sweat. 

1. Print and highlight: I print a copy of the result and highlight key points that I want to mention. It makes it easy to relay the important information and not look all over the place for it.

2. Rate: I tend to speak very quickly, so I make a conscious effort before I start talking to remind myself to SLOW DOWN.

3. Pause and ask: After I relay a couple pieces of information, I always try to stop and ask if there are questions. Sometimes it can be a lot for parents to take in and they might have questions right then. I find it easier to address throughout my "speech," rather than at the end. 

4. Offer your contact information: Often parents will think of questions later on, so I always give them my contact information. 

I hope that gives you some ideas and some peace of mind about sharing results! It does get easier!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Peek At My Week 9/7

This year, I'm trying something new with Peek At My Week and posting at the beginning of the week to hopefully help you get a head start on planning. I'm also attempting to plan by the month, versus planning by the week, using the spreadsheet that I made below: 

This is the first full week, so it's the first time I'm officially seeing kids for therapy and trying out my schedule (that I've only had to change 9548438 times so far). 

This week is all about reconnecting with my students, gathering some baseline data, and getting to know any new students. 

You can never go wrong with Pop Up Pirate, so that's making an appearance with the younger kids. I can get some great baseline artic or language data in between coaxing that lovable pirate out of the barrel. 

I'm also using My Speech-o-graphy (click below) to talk about the summer and gather some baseline data. 

I'll also be using S.L.A.M. because it has tons of stimuli and is quick to grab. 

Also, I'll probably be pulling out Natalie Snyders' Progress Monitoring Tools. I currently own the Grammar one and the Upper Level Language one. 

What are your plans?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Adapt Your Zingo Game + Freebie!

Do you have a Zingo game? There are several different versions, and this adaptation will work with all of them:

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are included for your convenience.

Step 1: Turn over the tiles and write numbers on them (1-72 or however many tiles you have). 

Step 2: Place the tiles back in the columns, but upside down so the numbers are facing up.

Step 3: Slide the slider as you normally would. 

Step 4: When the numbers pop out, find the corresponding numbers on your list and provide the stimuli for the students. 

Step 5: After answering, students can mark off the corresponding number on the bingo board, which is included in the freebie. 

Now for your freebie:

The freebie includes: 
-5 bingo boards (plus a blank one)
-Lists for categories, describing, and words to put in a sentence: includes 72 different stimuli items

Grab your freebie here!

Do you think you'll use this adaptation? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Organizing TpT Activities

I may have just a few TpT activities that have found their way through my laminator, been cut by scissors, and are held together with rubber bands. I also may have had difficulty figuring out how best to store them. This year, I have a bit more space than I did last year so I bought these cardboard boxes from the Dollar Spot at Target. They were a cinch to put together and I divided up my activities and stuck them in the labeled box. This way, I can just grab the box I need and get the activity I'm looking for. I'm hoping this system will work better than some of the other ones I've tried!