Eggs-actly Descriptive Game Cards

3 Feb

I made a set of egg cards a number of years ago that I always brought out in the Spring to go along with Easter Egg themes.   They evolved from the barrier game cards that are available for download  in the social language section.  I decided they could use an update so I increased the number and difficulty and added a BINGO game.  There is now a bigger range from simple to more difficult.  The full set is at  TPT.   I put 12 of the cards for download here ( Eggs-actly PDF wordpress) . so you can try them out.   I had a fellow SLP that works in the middle school use them this last week..  She said they kept the students interested which is not easy for this age group.  They were able to progress into the more difficult ones. I did make some adjustments.  I had made multiple color spots and they tried to tell the location of each spot.  I thought that was a little too much so changed the spots to the same color.

These cards have been used with 3rd grade to 7th grade students to target descriptive vocabulary and to follow multiple directions. The cards range from two step (make a green star in a red triangle) to more complex directions that require 5 or more steps (draw red lines that intersect perpendicular to each other in the center, draw a red triangle in the upper left corner, a yellow circle in the upper right corner, a green heart in the lower left corner and a blue star in the lower right corner). The following vocabulary can be elicited: inside, parallel, diagonal, end, striped, spotted, across, center, corner, intersect, above, below, vertical, horizontal, half, between, left, right, perpendicular, heart, square, diamond, triangle, rectangle, and star.

I’ve also used them to elicit r,l,s and blends in multi-syllable words in spontaneous speech.  They were especially good for practicing the  th sound in that pesky word with.

You can use them in the traditional speech therapy games of  matching, go fish, following multiple directions, and mystery card.

I also used the cards with a free app called Educreations.  It allowed the students to use the  iPad for drawing.  It seems anything with the iPad is very motivating. I liked it because I didn’t have to deal with markers.  I hope you have fun and let me know how they work for you.

3 eggs

Cupids and Hearts

1 Feb

January was a very busy month.  I didn’t get to my usual bulletin board project.  I ended up putting up snowflakes from a previous year.  The students always look forward to the crafts so I didn’t want to disappoint them by skipping  another month.  Besides Valentines  Day is the perfect time to bring out the glitter.

I decided it would be a  variation of the antonym bulletin board from previous years.  I still used the antonym theme but  added cupids.  I have a younger student population who benefit from  having one of the antonyms presented to them . I wrote a word on the cupid and they needed to think up the match and print it on the heart.  They then joined them with yarn and stapled them on the board.  I cut out the cupids and hearts ahead  to save on time.  My older students used the  Storykit app to make the directions  for the younger ones to follow.  They have done this previously with my help but this time they used my iPad and  did it independently.  I was pleased to see how far they have come in planning the directions with pictures and verbally presenting them.  This is the link for their directions.     Storykit Cupid and Hearts

Here is a picture of the bulletin Board by the end of the day.

cupids and hearts

Go For Broke or Maybe Gopher Broke.

18 Jan

This was a difficult week to get through, mainly because the cold that has been running rampant through the school population finally got me. Even after taking a day off,  I haven’t had as much energy. Our neck of the country was also settling in for a cold spell when the boiler  gave out in the main building.  It made the classrooms quite cold.  You just never know what teaching environment you will have in these older buildings. I am looking forward to the three day weekend.

The title of my post this week refers to a video I put in the video section. Look for Gopher Broke.   I used it this week to talk about prediction, developing conflict  and story plot.  It is a 4 minute animated video that does not have words and is great for interpreting what will happen next.  I stopped it along the way and asked students what clues they noticed and what predictions they could make from them. We also talked about what details in the story made it interesting.

I used the video to lead up to my instruction on story telling.  I have used  a free app called “Toontastic” in the past that the students have really liked.  Unfortunately some of my students are obsessed with  fighting scenarios and can’t get past these to develop other forms of  conflict or plot.  They need help in getting their creative juices flowing.  I came across Story Sticks on Sarcasm 101.  I decided to try something similar and made my own story  craft sticks.  I color coded for characters, conflict, setting and miscellaneous like she did.  However, I printed them out on paper and used a  glued stick to glue them on the sticks.  I then just color coded the tips and edges with a color  crayon.  I find writing on craft sticks is a bit difficult and hard to read so I opted for the paper.    Click here to see what I wrote on the sticks.  Story Sticks.    You may want to make some changes to the list so I kept it in Word format.

Story sticks

Maps and Cars and Updates

13 Jan

I have been getting a lot of mileage out of match box cars.  (pun intended)  The enthusiasm still seems strong and with limited materials for my concrete thinkers,  I  go as long as possible.  I blogged a long time ago about a cars and maps activity I used in my Kindergarten Concept Groups.   If you want to look it up it was written in Sept 2009 for  concept group #2.  I have updated this map over the last few years so that it now looks like this.

car map  I have students select match box cars.  We run through the course a couple of times using prepositions; start,   across the tracks, turn the corner, over the bridge, through the tunnel, between the grass and at the finish.  I then bring out a spinner that doesn’t go above the number 4.  We work on turn taking, number concepts, and telling where their car is using a preposition.   Depending on the positions of the cars you may also elicit 1st, beside, before, after  and behind.   For some reason, they always want to run the track backwards so they get a  2nd repetition on the return.

I have continued to make some updates and add resources when I found them.  There are free animal alphabet cards on TPT from Jason’s Online Classroom. (Update: sorry  they are no longer free but they are  still there) In my concept activity number 12 you needed alphabet cards to cut in half.  I think these would work great.  Look in the Vocabulary section of this site under Half/Whole for the direct link.

It’s How You Say it

31 Dec

I have been working on some new social pragmatic cards.   I found that most of my social pragmatic cards did not have answers included.  I needed  cards that students could use  in small group activities and would have an answer they could discuss if an adult wasn’t with their  group to get them thinking.  I also wanted to use them for  role playing.  I found that students really enjoyed video taping themselves and viewing themselves.  However a written prompt  was needed for some students.    Students will be told that the answer is a possible answer and there may be more than one possible answer in some cases.

These  cards  were made for  my students in 3rd through 6th grade.  I tried to include some more difficult scenarios  that would be beyond the school environment.  Some of my older students need to spread their wings a bit more.

I included 12 cards for download here and  under Social Language.   There are 20 more at the TPT store.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Cynthia-Montalbano