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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Adjective- Descriptive Sentences

I keep forgetting about the most perfect game to work on adjectives 
and increasing descriptive language...FUNGLISH!!!

Old School....conjunction...junction!

Yes, I pulled out the Conjunction...Junction song this week! We even did a Conjunction Junction Dance! I started the sentence and then lifted up the conjunction word they had to use to connect another thought with the beginning sentence. The kids did well with this task!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Speech Battleship (r) and (s/z) sounds- Articulation

I have used these sheets a variety of ways. I have paired kids up and they each get two sheets; one of the sheets they mark their ships out and the other one they keep track of their guesses against their partners. The other way I have done it is playing it as a large group. Then the kids get a point for each hit they make. I have included a sheet that we did this on. They get one point for a hit and two points for a sink. The person in charge of the game marks the initials of the kids' hits and points. See above example. Then the one with the most point in the end wins the game. You could make these games with a variety of sounds so that a group can work on it, or you could have them produce sentences with their sounds in it if your groups are at that level. I have used them with antonyms, synonyms, irregular past tense, irregular plurals, and vocabulary words also. As you see they outline their ships before the game starts. Then they mark the misses with 0's and the hits with X's. I am sure you can figure out other ways to do it also. My students tend to like the one leader everyone plays method because the games go faster. I find it easier to keep track of data this way also.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Conversational Hogs- Pragmatic Skills

Two principals ago I had a principal who LOVED pigs. I, on the other hand, loved motorcycles! Before she left me and went into retirement she gave me this pig on a motorcycle. I keep it as a memory of Janell. One day during social skills class I had one of those sessions when it seemed that all of my lessons I had taught had been forgotten. So I took out this guy and plopped him right in the middle of the group without saying anything. That got the group to be quiet. Then I asked them to try and figure out, from the context clues of what was going on in the group, what this HOG could be representing. Finally, we figured it out as a group (with a LOT of hints from me) :-). What can I say...when in doubt...use humor with middle school students! The rest of the week we talked about beign "CONVERSATIONAL HOGS" and what that meant for the rest of the group. We talked about what others think and feel when you "HOG" a conversation. This resonated with the students. In fact, some days they would pull the hog off of the shelf when they felt someone in the group was "hogging" to provide the visual. I hate to tell you, but a couple of them would even give up a "snort" when they felt like they were being "hogged" upon. So I made up "conversational hog" cards for reminders for our group.

Click here for the conversational hog cards.