Work hard; play hard!

Work hard; play hard!
Consulting in Maui!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hedbanz- language skills game

We had a rousing game of Hedbanz last week! We played it three different ways to work on both expressive and receptive language skills. The first way we played it was that a student described to the person on their left what was the secret word on the band around their head. They gave clues until the person was able to guess what was on their card. The next way we played it was the person wearing the head band and card had to ask yes/no questions or wh-questions in order to figure out what was on their card. Then finally we played it that the person to the right of them gave them clues and the person wearing the card had to ask a follow up question to the clue in order to get more information. This was a fun activity and a great way to practice some language skills.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pronouns and Helping Verbs

All of you probably work on present progressive sentence patterns at one time or another. This is an easy activity that takes little planning time. I use the free app Action Words with the students all of the time. Here is one way I use it. I pull up the app and it states the target word you want the student to find on the screen. For instance it will say, "leaning". Then I have the student find the picture that represents the word "leaning" and then tell me the sentence that matches the picture. For this one it could be, "She is leaning on the rail." Then they get to cross out the matching "pronoun + helping verb" on the white board (she is). After that they get to click on the picture and see if they chose the correct picture that matches the verb. The app gives them verbal praise for picking the correct one, and we move on to the next screen of four verbs. When they are all done with the white board we are done with the task. Sometimes we have to do some of our own actions because the pictures don't cover "I am..." and "We are...". This is fine because this points out that we personally have to be involved in these pronouns. If you don't have the app Action Words you can use any verb+ing pictures to do this.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Transition Words....

Today we worked on using TRANSITION words with our 6 part sequence cards. After then we came up with our 6 part sequence to building a peanut butter and jelly using these same transition words. Then they cut out construction paper to represent the different steps. Last we talked about how we liked to cut our sandwiches....vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Of course, next we will have "real" bread, peanut butter and jelly!


We "MUSTACHE" questions!

Today we practiced answering and asking questions of each other! The kids did love the mustaches!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Way to check in SCANDINAVIA!

Scandinavia has finally checked out my blog! Thank you Sweden! My heritage Norway hasn't yet, but I now have HOPE!

QR we go!

I want to try using QR Codes in speech now! I think the kids will have a BLAST with it! Here is one to find the answer to, "Where is my favorite place to hang out?"

Click here to find the QR code generator.
Click here to find how to do it.

I can see doing inferences, comprehension questions, analogies, word puzzles, secret clues and following directions and many other fun activities for this!!! Let the games begin!