Getting "Speechie" with a Good Book: The Rainbow Fish



I have always loved the book that I chose to highlight this week.  It is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.  The book companion I used is The Rainbow Fish Speech and Language Activities by The Dabbling Speechie.  This packet is absolutely chock full of activities for you to do with your students after you read the book!


Here are some highlights:

Synonym, Antonym, and Multiple Meaning Match-Up Cards
Included are also some definition sheets for the multiple meaning words, and pre-test/ post-test sheets for vocabulary.




Describing Pages 
This includes lots of pictures for describing and naming ocean animals.

Articulation word sheets
These have words from the story that contain /r/, /l/, /s,z/, /sh/, /th/, /f,k,g/

Games
Rainbow fish card game to play with the articulation card sheets
Articulation reinforcer activity


 Story Retell Activities
  • Visual cards for story re-tell.
  • Picture sequence cards of the story details to help with story re-tell.
  • Comprehension question sheets and story elements bookmark.
  • Pre-test/post-test data sheet to assess a student's ability to recall the story elements from the story.
  • Visual sentence strips for students to talk about the story.



Grammar Activities
  • Sorting mats and stimulus cards for is/are practice. 
  • Matching activities for the concepts small/big and colors.
  • Preposition activities and sorting mats. Prepositions targeted are in front, behind, above, below, far, and between.


 

 




Inference and Social Skills
  • Perspective taking
  • Identifying expected vs. unexpected behaviors
  • Sorting kind and not kind behaviors
  • Identifying situations to determine if children are sharing or not sharing.




Craftivity
There are two cute coloring sheets that you can use to make glittering rainbow fish.
Writing Sheets
There are two writing sheets with story starters.
 
This was a great packet to work with this week!  Even though I had a shortened week, I was able to use a few of the activities for two days.  My students really liked the activities!  The graphics are super cute, and the activities are so relevant to goals that we are working on.
 
You can check out this great packet HERE! 
Make sure you go and check out The Dabbling Speechie too!  You can find her:
on TpT
 

 

Winter SLP Frenzy!

I am so excited to be able to participate in another awesome SLP Facebook Frenzy!  What is a Facebook Frenzy you ask?  Well, 20 awesome SLP bloggers/TpTers are offering you a freebie on their Facebook pages.  All you have to do is go to their page, click on the SLP Frenzy tab, and follow instructions to grab your freebies!

The tab on each page looks like this:


Here are the awesome SLP's that are participating in this Frenzy.  Click on this picture below and it will take you to a map where you can click on any button to start collecting your freebies!



This frenzy runs from 8:00 am (EST) January 24- 10:00 pm (EST) January 27, 2014.  That is four full days to collect all of the great freebies!

I am so excited to share my freebie with you, but you will have to click on the SLP Frenzy button on my Facebook page to find out what it is!  Click here to start your frenzy!  Speech Universe

As an added bonus, I am also placing all of my winter themed products (including my articulation and language calendars) on sale for 10% off during the frenzy!  You can check out my TpT store HERE.

Have fun!
Jen




S...Peachy Feedback linky (January)

I'm linking up today with Nicole over at Speech Peeps for her S...Peachy Feedback linky!


This month, the feedback I selected as the winner is from user DebLSS for my Winter Sports: Non-Fiction Auditory Comprehension.  Here is what she wrote:

"I am excited to add this to my Winter Olympics unit! It is very difficult to find age-appropriate passages for my middle school aged Life Skills Support students on their reading level, and I can use these for either listening or reading comprehension, depending on the student. Thank you for sharing!"  - DebLSS
 
Thanks so much for the great feedback, DebLSS!  You have won a product of your choice from my store! (bundles excluded)  Please email me at: speechuniverse@gmail.com to claim your prize.
 
The Winter Olympics are coming soon!  Are you ready?  My Winter Sports: Non-Fiction Auditory Comprehension cards are a great way to teach your students about winter sports!
 
You can check out the linky over at Speech Peeps for more S...Peachy Feedback bloggers.  Please keep leaving feedback on your purchases, you never know when you might win too!
 
 
 
 
 
 

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose: Phonological Awareness Book Companion

Well, my kindergarten intervention groups have been up and running for about a month and a half now.  They are loving using all of my phonological awareness book companion activities.  It is amazing how engaged the students get when you use a book, and then directly relate activities to the book.  With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to create a fun new companion with a Valentine's theme.  The book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose by Lucille Colandro seemed like the perfect one!  My students have loved the other books from this series, and I am sure they will love this one too.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose: Phonological Awareness Companion Pack

There are six different activities included in this packet:

How Many Syllables
Students count the number of syllables, and use a Do-A-Dot marker to complete the activity.     
(4 worksheets)
 
Blending Syllables
Students listen to two syllables and state the word that they hear. (18 cards and game board)


 
 
Recognizing Rhyme
Students listen to two words and then state if the two words rhyme. (24 cards and 2 mats)
 
 

 
Generating Rhyme
Students are given a word and asked to state a rhyming word.  (27 cards and roll it, rhyme it, keep it game board)
 



 
Listening for Sounds
Students listen to a word and state either the beginning, middle, or ending sound in each word. (54 cards and game board from Blending Syllables activity)
 
 
Phonological Awareness Worksheets
Also included in this packet are four pages of phonological awareness activities to compliment the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose.  These are worksheet style pages that can be read out loud with students.  There are no materials to prep.  Just print and use.

 

I love how this packet turned out, and can't wait to use it with my Kindergarten students the week of Valentine's Day!

You can get this packet HERE.
 

 

 

 

Valentine's Day: Same and Different

It is almost Valentine's Day!  I love all of the cute images that are out there that represent this holiday.  They are all just so cute!  I wanted to make an activity using these different images, and thought that another same/different worksheet packet would be perfect.

Valentine's Day: Same and Different

 

 
 
This is a packet that contains eight different worksheets that target identifying items that are the same and items that are different.  There are two color worksheets and two black and white worksheets that target identifying items that are the same in a row.
 
 
There are also two color worksheets and two black and white worksheets that target identifying the item that is different in a row.
*I laminated my color copies so that I can use them with a dry erase marker with students.  This will save some paper and ink, plus my students love to use the markers!

I think these turned out really cute, and can't wait to use them the week of Valentine's Day!  Hope you like them too!

You can get this packet HERE.


 

Getting "Speechie" With A Good Book! Snowmen at Night


This week in my speech room, we worked with the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.  I actually had the real, hardcover book for this one!  This is a beautifully illustrated book, with a really cute story.

 
For speech and language activities, I used the Snowmen at Night Speech/Language Book Companion by CC at If Only I Had Super Powers.

 
There are eight different activities included in this packet.  Sorry, I don't have any real pictures this week!  I took them with my work iPad and left it...at work!  I forgot that I don't have the iCloud backup on that one to save space. 

What is great about this packet is that for every activity, CC clearly states the directions and gives game suggestions.  This is really helpful!

Here are the activities included in this packet:
Vocabulary
There are 14 pairs of vocabulary cards, 4 fun game cars, and a vocabulary grid.  I used these cards by laying out the definition cards face up on the table, and having students place the vocabulary card on top of its match.  The vocabulary grid is great for students to write new words and show their meaning.


Rhyming
There are 12 pairs of rhyming cards in this packet.  The words are all words that were included in this story.  These were good for my Kindergarten students this week.

 
What is the Snowman Doing?
This is a cute game board.  Each space has a picture of a snowman engaging in an activity.  As they move around the board, students have to state what each snowman is doing.



Past Tense Verbs
There are 12 pairs of present/regular past tense verb cards, a regular past tense verb worksheet, 10 pairs of present/irregular past tense verb cards, 4 game cards, and an irregular past tense verb worksheet included in this activity.  My favorite part of this activity was the worksheets.  I loved that CC included a picture in the sentence.  These types of visual cues are great for my students.

 
Describe a Snowman
This is a cute worksheet that again uses some visual cues to help students.



Sequence Steps to Make a Snowman
This is a simple worksheet that has students write the steps to make a snowman.
Basic Concepts
There are 8 pictures included to use with the basic concepts directions that are included.  CC broke down the directions into five different categories: colors, numbers, above/below, right/left, and on top of/under.


Articulation
This activity focuses on articulation of the following sounds: /r/, /s/, and /z/.  There are 48 cards in all.  You can use these cards for memory, with any game board, or with the "melting" and "freezing" cards that are included.


This was a great packet that works on an adorable book.  You can get this packet HERE!

If you like this book companion, please go over and tell CC at:  If Only I Had Super Powers.  She is also on Facebook: If Only I Had Super Powers.

Language Trainer: App Review and {GIVEAWAY}

Smarty Ears has come out with a great new, simple app called Language Trainer.  This app was designed by a speech-language pathologist to work on vocabulary, word finding, stuttering, and receptive or expressive language.


When you first select your player, you can click on settings to adapt the app to your needs.  You can select different settings for the picture identification and divergent naming activities.


You can also select to modify the database.  You can select the targets for all four activities.


There are four different activities that are included in this app:


Picture Identification
 

In this activity, students are prompted with a spoken word and expected to touch the matching picture.  In the settings on the user page, you are able to set how many items are shown on the screen (2-5 at a time).

Picture Naming


Students are prompted to "name this picture."  You can then mark it as correct, incorrect, or cued.  You can also record and playback the student's response.

Divergent Naming


Students are prompted with, "Name (2-6) things you...".  Again, in the settings you can set how many items you want the student to name (2-6 items).  You mark each one they state as correct or incorrect, and have the option to record.

Sentence Completion


Students are prompted with, "Complete the following phrase."  The narrator then reads the beginning of the sentence, and the student is expected to complete the phrase.  You can mark it as correct, incorrect, or cued.  You can also record this response.

When you are finished with each activity, you can have access to a report.  This report can be emailed, or opened in a variety of apps, including Therapy Report Center.



What do I think?
I like this app.  It is really simple.  There are no frills in this app.  You can do as many trials as you want in each activity.  This app is really great for working on simple vocabulary with my students with autism.  If you are looking for an app without any extras, this is it.  If you are looking for something with a lot of reinforcers, you might want to look at something else.

Again, I think this is a great, simple app.  You can get it right now for $9.99 until it returns to its normal price of $14.99 on 1/19/2014.  You can get it at the app store HERE.

You can also enter to win a free copy here:
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