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My Speech Universe: February 2014

25 February 2014

No Frills Articulation: Roll it, Say it, Color it!

Articulation Roll it, Say it, Color it

I am really excited to show you my newest addition to the No Frills Articulation line.  No Frills Articulation: Roll it, Say it, Color it!  This set of worksheets is used with dice and crayons/markers to motivate students to practice a variety of sounds in all positions of words.

The sounds included are: CH, F, G, K, L, R, S, SH, TH, V, and Z.  All sounds are presented in the initial, medial, and final positions of words.

To use these worksheets, students roll one or two dice, and say the corresponding word.  I like to have the students say the word the number of times that is on the dice.  Then, students are able to color in the dice.  Students can compete to see who colors in all of the dice first.  You can also send these worksheets home as homework.

There are two types of worksheets.  The first uses one die:

The second uses two dice:

My students love to color while practicing their articulation words, and these worksheets have been a great way to engage my students into really focusing on getting many trials in during their sessions.

You can get this packet at my TpT store HERE.

No Frills Articulation: Roll it, Say it, Color it! is also included in the No Frills Articulation Bundle.
If you have previously purchased the No Frills Articulation Bundle, then great news!  You already own this product!  Just download the latest version of the bundle.


15 February 2014

Second Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout

Well, it took me long enough, but I finally finished my Second Grade Common Core Daily Language Workout!  I am so sorry that it was such a long time coming!  Thank you to everyone who has used my Kindergarten and First Grade versions, and provided me with great feedback!
Now, let me present...

Second Common Core Daily Language Workout is a great way to track progress using an RTI approach.
This workout is very similar to my Kindergarten and First Grade workouts.

There are 15 Second Grade Common Core State Standards that are addressed in this ten week packet.  The standards that are included are as follows:

Key Ideas and Details
  •  RL.2.1  Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in text.
  •  RL.2.9  Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story.
Text Types and Purposes
  • W.2.1  Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.2.3  Write narratives in which they recount well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • L.2.4a Use sentence level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
  • L.2.4b Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word.
  • L.2.4d Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words.
  • L.2.5a Identify real-life connections between words and their use.
  • L.2.5b Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs.
Speaking and Listening
  • SL.2.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Conventions of Standard English
  • L.2.1b Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns.
  • L.2.1c Use reflexive pronouns.
  • L.2.1d Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs.
  • L.2.1e Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
  • L.2.1f Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

The first item included is a Pre/Post Test.  This activity has nine different questions that you can use as baseline data to take to a meeting.  Then, after completing your desired number of weeks of intervention, you can administer the Pre/Post Test again to compare your data.  You can print an extra copy of this page to include at the end of your packet.  This is not a standardized test, just a baseline for the program I developed.


There are two pages for each week.  Each page is divided by days.  There is one activity that targets one to two standards per day.  Each activity is labeled by its standard number.  There is also a place to record the number of items that are correct on each activity.  You can then transfer this data to the Common Core State Standard check off sheet (see below).


I also included a Common Core State Standard Check Off sheet to document how many times each standard is targeted.  When an activity is completed, you simply reference the standard number and mark the data in the box.  When you have completed your intervention, you will see how many times each standard was addressed, and all of the data that you collected for each activity within that standard.

There is space in each day's box to take some small notes, and I also created a notes page for additional notes you may want to take.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to create the second grade version of this packet!  It takes a lot of time to organize these, but I am hoping to soon get third through fifth grades out too.

You can find this packet HERE.

Hope you can use it!


08 February 2014

Getting Speechie with a Good Book! Sheep in a Jeep!

This weeks featured book companion is from Tracy Morlan of Gold Country SLP.  The book is Sheep in a Jeep! by Nancy Shaw.

This book companion is great because Tracy includes CCSS citations for each activity, and even gives you some IEP goals that could align with each activity.

Activities included are:

Story Sequencing Cards- These are cute pictures that can be used to retell the story, or sequence parts of the story.

Story Comprehension Questions- The questions are all yes/no questions relating to the story.  There are twelve question cards in this activity.

Auditory Discrimination of CVC words- This is a list of words that you can read to students.  Students decide whether or not the two words rhyme.

Phonemic Awareness Activity- Rhyming- This is a simple board where students point to the words that rhyme with sheep.  I included the words from the articulation activity with this picture, because I think they would be a great way to target rhyme too.

Phonemic Awareness Activity- Phoneme Manipulation- This activity targets changing one sound in a word to make a new word. This activity is really hard for my students to do, so any practice with this is good.  There are twelve cards for this activity.

Phonemic Awareness Activity- Onset/Rime Blending- Students blend the onset and rime to create a word. There are eight cards for this activity.

Articulation of final /p/ cards: There are eight cards that target final /p/.  I included these cards in the rhyming activity picture.

Semantics- Basic Spatial Concept Words- There are eight cards that can be used to target above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

This packet is nice because it gives you goals and CCSS citations to reference.  I used the phonological awareness activities in conjunction with my own Sheep in a Jeep! phonological awareness book companion activities this week with my kindergarten intervention group.

You can find Gold Country SLP's book companion for Sheep in a Jeep! HERE.
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05 February 2014

The Snowy Day!

Ok, I have to admit, I am so done with completely and absolutely over winter!  But, I do have to admit that when the snow is falling and really white, it can be beautiful.  We got another 4-6 inches this morning, but were still at school.  This picture was taken just as the snow was finishing falling.  This is a courtyard at my school.  It is beautiful in the spring and fall when everything is in bloom.  But, I thought it was beautiful today with all of the snow too.

One of my favorite children's books is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  It is one book that I really remember from my childhood.  I have always loved the colors and pictures in this book.  During the last two weeks, we have shared this book with our social-language group.

If you haven't heard about our social-language group before, it is a group of students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) that I co-teach with the school social worker at my school.  We work on both functional communication skills and social language skills.  The great thing about our groups is that for some of them we have general education peers join us.  They work with us as a part of SNAPs (Students Need A Pal).  This program is set up to have general education 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders help out in the ASD rooms.  They serve as models during recess and structured groups.  It is a great program, and we have a lot of fun with these students.

Back to The Snowy Day.  Because of all of the snow, we thought it would be great to share this book.
First we read the story to all of the students.  For those that could answer verbally or with communication devices, we asked comprehension questions throughout the book.

Next, we worked on conversation skills with this visual:

You can get a copy of this free visual HERE.  We had the SNAPs peers ask questions to start, and then the students with ASD answered and asked the same question back.  We had fun learning about what each person's favorite activity in the snow was.

The last activity that we did was making snow paint.  All you have to do is combine equal parts glue and shaving cream.  When it dries, it looks like fluffy snow!

We mixed up a bunch of snow paint and had the students paint onto a large sheet of blue paper.  This was a great sensory activity!  We also dragged the feet of an action figure through the "snow" to make tracks- just like in the book.

We let the pictures dry, and then the following week we put pictures of the students onto the snow.  We cut out a little orange snowsuit shape, and then put a tiny picture of each student where the face would be.  I think they turned out really cute!

This unit was a lot of fun to complete with our students.  They loved the sensory activity of the snow paint, and I loved sharing this wonderful book with everyone.

While I had this book out, I also used it with my Kindergarten Phonological Awareness intervention group.  I used all of the activities from my phonological book companion for The Snowy Day.  This companion is available at my TpT store HERE.

Happy snowy days everyone!  Hopefully it melts here before summer!

01 February 2014

Getting "Speechie" with a Good Book: Good Night Gorilla

This week was a little strange again in terms of me actually seeing students.  We had another snow day in my district, and then my own kids had an additional snow day in the district where I live.  There are definitely problems when you work in a different district than where you live!  Anyway, I was able to try out a great book companion this week with some of my students. 

The book is Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. 

The book companion that I used with this cute book was Good Night Gorilla Book Companion by Carly Fowler of Happily SLP.

I love using this book in therapy for my younger students because there are very few words.  It is essentially a wordless picture book.  It is great for describing and vocabulary.  Here is a sampling of some of the great activities that Carly included in her book companion:

Vocabulary Cards- These were great to help students use the vocabulary to describe pictures in the story.  You could also print two copies of these cards and have a cute memory game!

Matching Color Keys Activity- This activity will be great for some of my students who are learning color words.

 Sequence Board and Cards- There are two different ways to use this board.  You can use it for just words, or just pictures.  This is a really cute way to sequence the order that the gorilla lets everyone out of the zoo!  I used it while we were looking at the book to help the students describe what they were seeing.

 Balloon Prepositions- I am always looking for more preposition activities.  These are some great cards that describe where balloons are using a variety of prepositions.

Board Game

 Animal Attribute Posters- These are great for students to fill in and color, as well as to use lots of great describing words!

Parent Letters and Homework There are two letters to send home.  One is for articulation and one is for language skills.  There are also two different homework sheets.

Animal Baby Match-Up- This is a cute activity that has the students match an adult animal to the baby animal.  Great for vocabulary too!

Student Mini Book to color- This is a mini book that students can put together and color.  Each character is cut out and then glued onto the page.

Student Story Worksheet- There is a page that has a place for your student to draw a picture and write a story about the zoo.

This was a fun packet to use!  The book is great for your younger students, but I could also see using it for older students at times to work on describing and story grammar elements.

You can get this book companion HERE.
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