Most people think of bingo as a game of numbers. However, with a little variation it is great tool for teaching new vocabulary and language skills for about any age or ability level. The traditional bingo is built on a 5×5 grid. BINGO or some other 5 letter word is placed on the top of the grid with numbers underneath. Each player’s card is a mix of numbers that are placed in different squares from other players cards. There is usually a free space in the center square. Numbers are drawn randomly and called using the letters on the top and a number that would fall underneath. Participants look for the numbers on their cards and place a marker on any that are found. The winner is the person who gets five markers in a row or other designated shape. When that happens, the person yells Bingo, is declared the winner and possibly gets a prize.
For educational purposes, the number squares can easily be replaced with pictures, vocabulary words, or phrases such as definitions or idioms. These then provide the answers to questions that are drawn randomly. This game allows players to search for the best possible answer from a closed set even though they may not know the correct answer from memory. They are required to review the answers multiple times increasing the likelihood they will remember them in the future. The difficulty can be adjusted by using pictures or written words.
In the past, to make multiple cards using the same set of items but in a different sequence required a lot of cut and pasting. Now the internet has made a lot of cards available free of charge. I have listed some sites that have ready made bingo cards using vocabulary in selected categories and themes.
Bingo cards can also be used for articulation practice. The squares can have words that contain certain sounds for practice. This site has several.
http://www.speakingofspeech.com/Articulation_Materials.html. One game suggested the player to roll a dice to determine which row they could choose a picture from before marking it out. 6 became roll again. This allowed children to play with cards from different sound sets in the same group.
There are also sites that allow you to make your own cards. They can generate multiple cards from words placed into the program. The program automatically switches the order of items so that each card is different from the previous one.
I used this program to make a set of cards to teach idioms. http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/bingo/. I placed the idioms in the squares on the cards and made a draw pile of the definitions. The idioms and definitions came from http://www.stickyball.net/.
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.
The June ASHA Leader listed internet sites for book making. I think the One-cut books will be great for my homework packets. They can be made from one 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. http://www.raft.net/ideas/Simple%20Book.pdf
A group of them have already 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.
If you would like to make your own, here is a site that provides the template. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/stapleless-book-30010.html
We’re getting to the end of our school year and I start running out of steam. Quite a few of the students are working on spontaneous speech and I struggle on new ways to keep their interest in a somewhat structured activity. A lot of student’s like the idea of being in a play. However it is difficult to find scripts that have a minimum amount of cast and can be done in about a 20 minute period. A coworker told me about this site and I’m finding it very useful. The scripts are free downloads. I’m finding they are also useful for new vocabulary and developing verbal problem solving. So have a look and see if you can use it also. http://www.storiestogrowby.com/
I hope everyone has recovered from their feast. I decided to give a new look to the site for the holidays. My picture for the header didn’t fit well with the other color scheme. I hope it doesn’t make anyone feel like they are in the wrong place.
I’ve added two more card groups to the sentence section. One is for answering why questions and the other one for answering when questions. I have a few children that find these hard to answer particularly using temporal words such as before, after, and while. I’ve also been using them with articulation kids to get a spontaneous response. I hope it provides help with your therapy planning as we all get pretty busy this time of year.
We had parent teacher conferences this week and a day off for Veteran’s Day. This meant we didn’t have our usual session of concept group. Parents were given the back page of their child’s BOEHM test which explains the concepts they missed at the beginning of the year and suggestions for concept development. There are always a few parents that are surprised that directional vocabulary is important along with counting and saying the ABCs. We’ll continue the concept groups again this next week.
I did add a few new things on the activity pages. I added another set of animal association cards under the other set. It seems to be a popular item when I look at how many times it has been downloaded. I also added a comparison game I named “Will it Fit in a Jar?” It’s similar to “In a Pickle” but has pictures. I have some kids whose reading ability prevented them from using the commercial game but needed to work on comparisons. The kids I used it with seemed to enjoy it so I will use it again. I’m still learning how to use it to it’s full potential. I also added cards to answer why questions. My children with autism always find these type of questions to be a challenge.