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Friday, February 22, 2013

Bright Idea: Go Scuba Diving!

Happy Friday! Today I wanted to share a fun speech-language therapy activity to use for an ocean theme. For this activity you will need: a flashlight and therapy target words related to your kiddo's goals. Easy enough, right? Absolutely! I told the kids we were going "scuba diving" for some of them, we looked up what scuba diving was, and for others we talked about what scuba diving was and the necessary equipment. Then, we turned off the lights, and searched for words that have our sound in them. For some of the kiddos, we used the jellyfish we had made and used the flashlight to help us see our words while we practiced.

There are two great books that go along with the "dark" theme: Fidgety Fish and The Pout-Pout Fish and the Big Big Dark. You may want to read one of these first and then turn off the lights! Both stories have great vocabulary and similes. For example, "I'm as smart as a dolphin".

Hopefully you can use this bright idea!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bright Idea: Jumping Jellyfish!

Continuing with my ocean theme, I decided to complete yet another craft, since my heart fish (found here) was such a hit for Valentine's day! I found this awesome jellyfish activity here at the awesome blog Simply Speech. I loved the jellyfish and knew my kiddos would too! I was right. In fact, they loved them so much most of them have asked to take them home instead of decorate my wonderful storage closet speech-therapy room :)

Here is one of my kiddos and I made together!

I adapted it for my language kiddos in the following ways:

- descriptive words: related to the jellyfish (floating, swimming, dancing, etc.) 
- ocean vocabulary: water, waves, salty, windy
   (bright idea: you could even have vocabulary words on the front of the tentacles and have the kiddos write the definitions of the words on the backside. So many ideas, so little time.)
- describe and define: category, features, parts, location
-irregular past tense verbs: one side has "today verbs" (ex: drive, run, tell); other side has "yesterday verbs" (ex: drove, ran, told).
-story retell: Following a story, the kiddos wrote down what happend in the beginning, middle, end of the story (for my lower level kiddos) and for the higher level kiddos we wrote down the story elements such as characters, setting, problem(s), attempts to solve the problems and the solution.
-following directions: written - I wrote down steps to make the jellyfish on my board and had the children follow them accordingly (The last one was to "stand up and yell 'I LOVE SPEECH', gotta keep entertained somehow!) 
-following directions: spoken - I verbally gave directions containing abstract concepts (ex: "before you glue on the tentacles, glue on one eye")

For some of my articulation kiddos working at the more complex  sentence level, we created a carrier sentence and wrote it on the jellyfish's head. The tentacles contained phrases with their respective speech sound. For example, " While scuba diving, I couldn't believe what I had found! I saw _______________"  some of the words we used for this kiddo working on the /r/ were: hermit crab, spider crab, shark, and then we came up with some adjectives to make the sentences fun: ravenous, raging, really, rapid, etc. etc. 

We had a blast! Hopefully you will too! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bright Idea: Valentine's Speech Craft Idea!

Good morning! Today I am making fish (ocean theme) out of hearts for Valentine's day. See what I did there? I have created a sentence to use for kiddos working on articulation, fluency, language, etc. etc. You can really adapt it to fit your caseload's needs.

First, I cut out different sizes of hearts in red and pink paper. I cut out more red hearts, since my caseload is mostly boys - "pink is just not cool, Mrs. Palyu" - one of my boys said a few weeks ago. I cut the hearts in half for the fish "bodies".

Next, I cut out smaller hearts for the fins and tails.

Here is what the speech fish station looks like:

I used the carrier sentence:
 " For my speech fish, I need a ___(size)_____   ___(color)___  ___(fish body part)___, please!" You can adapt it however you see fit. For my preschoolers I will have them request the item of the fish they would like based on size, color, body part ("small/big red fin").

Then I will have the kiddos use their "good speech" and using spatial concepts, tell me where they want me to put their fish on the board, below. Still needs some seaweed, but you get the drift.. get it? drift? I'm a fan of lame puns, if you can't already tell :)

Of course, you could send the fish home with their speech words on it for homework!

UPDATE: Here are some of the finished products!

Hopefully you will find this bright idea useful for Valentine's day!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ocean Theme - The Pout-Pout Articulation

Happy Friday eve to everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a intelligibility/articulation unit I created to supplement the wonderful story of "The Pout-Pout Fish" By Deborah Diesen.  I included words from the story and organized them by sounds. The following sounds are included:
-r blends, s blends and l blends
- vocalic r, s and l in all word postions
- multisyllabic words with 2, 3, and 4 syllables including pacing board for the respective number of syllables
- blank cards so you/your kiddos can create their own words or go on a hunt to find more ocean related words with their speech sound in it!

You can find my Pout-Pout speech unit activities for FREE at my TPT store, here!

Hopefully you will find this unit useful!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Ocean-Theme: Pout-Pout Fish! Language Packet

Happy Friday!!!

Okay, this book is seriously one of my absolute favorites to use in therapy. It has amazing vocabulary, great uses of figurative language for your older kiddos, and tons of articulation target words. Plus, it's perfect for February and Valentine's day since (*SPOILER ALERT*) a kiss from a rainbow fish makes the pout-pout fish "turn his frown upside down". Oh, and it rhymes... um can you say SLP heaven? No, seriously. Say it.
Not too mention that a dad turned the story into a song and posted it here on youtube. Warning, the chorus will get stuck in your head.

I created a little language extension activity packet to supplement the reading of this wonderful story. You can find it at my TPT store here.