Are you looking for learning activities for your home schooled children during the extended school closures? One Cut Books are simple projects that can be used for multiple ages and grade levels. They can be adapted well to any subject. They can be used for creative writing, vocabulary, listing facts, and articulation drill. You can use them to review information later on.
All you need to get started is paper and drawing or writing utensils. There is a free template provided below. A computer and printer are needed to print the template, but you could get by with a ruler and measure out a template. You can also set the template up in Power Point using a 3×2 table without a border, inserted into a 8.5 x 11 inch page in landscape mode. You can then insert your own clip art. Remember that the clip art needs to be flipped upside down on the top section. When printing it out, make sure the printer is set to print the full 8.5 x 11 inch page, without a border. This will allow each page to be the same size when folded. You may need to go to custom settings on your printer to select “without border”. You need to print in landscape mode as well.
I have included a free download of the Penguin Preposition book to get you started. There is also a site that has already made books. A group of them have been made for you thanks to Judy Kuster and 22 graduate students at Minnesota State University. Just go to this site http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/onecutbooks/onecutbooks.html Thank you grad students.
Now let me show you how easy it is to make a book. Lets start with the template and directions. Students can write or draw their own images. I made the template in Power Point to make the Preposition Penguins book. You can download pdf version of this by clicking on the picture of the template below.
After printing your template, fold it in half on the dot and dash line. This makes it easier for you to cut the red line. Cut the red line.
Fold on the dash lines so it looks like this.
3. Fold the top section to the back along the light blue lines. You should be able to open up the red line that you cut at the beginning.
4. Flatten the diamond center by pushing the two ends inward. The pages will be double sided. It should look like this.
Please respect my efforts. You may use my free down loads with parents, and students on your caseloads and in your classrooms. Do not copy, post, or distribute them on other sites. Please do not use for commercial purposes. You may refer people to this blog to obtain their own personal copy.
Stay healthy everyone and practice social distancing. We will get through this by working together.
I just a wanted to let you know there is a new download in the Expressive Language session. This week I’ve been making flip books with quite a few of my students. I have a flip book I made quite a few years ago and students wanted to make their own. I thought this would be a great homework activity and wouldn’t take much effort once it was set up. It emphasizes having a subject verb and object in a sentence. Students like flipping the pages to make a variety of sentences. Sometimes the sentences make sense and other times they can come out quite crazy. I’ve used quite a few irregular past tense verb forms. It also allows for practice of subject and objective pronouns. I have access to a binder although there are other ways to use it in the directions. I found that lining up index cards and punching the holes for the spiral proved less time-consuming then trying to cut them later. I used an uncut tag board piece to support the back. The students used glue sticks to glue pictures on the flip pages. They practiced starting their sentences with yesterday to practice the past tense forms. I broke the downloads into two booklets to make the download easier.
Getting my kids working on articulation skills to generalize their skills to settings outside the therapy room is always a bit of a challenge. I try to emphasize that this is their responsibility and I can not follow them around to make sure they practice. In the end it is their parents and teachers that let me know when they are ready to be dismissed from speech therapy. I’ve worked out a system of homework assignments to allow them to practice outside the room and give me input from parents, teachers and family friends. I use the homework rating scale form that is listed in the therapy forms page on this site. I then allow them to pick poems and riddles from such sites as Ken Nesbitt’s site, print them out, and put them in the folder. They enjoy reading these poems to other people. They then get rated on the rating scale and bring the folder back to me. I allow them to put marbles in a group jar according to the number they received on the rating scale. When the jar is full I allow a reward such as popcorn or a shaved ice party. I get more cooperation with bringing the folder back when I do this. I also tell them that when they get a series of 5 s I know they are ready for dismissal. Because the parents have helped monitor the last phase, I have no difficulty with them agreeing with me when I ask about dismissal.
Summer break is finally here. Another school year has come to a close but as an educator I am always on the outlook for new things I can use for next year. Our kindergarten students only attend school half day sessions. I usually schedule speech therapy sessions for 30 minute once a week beyond our push in group sessions. I make homework packets that students can take home for extra practice and exchange the next time they come. I try to find things that can be replaced easily if for some reason they don’t make it back. I use gallon zip-lock bags. I put a letter explaining it is a homework packet and needs to be returned the next week. I also put directions for the activity if necessary. I then add whatever I think would be good for the student to practice on. I’ve had good luck getting these back and I like that I can get multiple uses from them.