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Work hard; play hard!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Magnetic Hand Pointers

Magnetic Hand Pointers 

You can find them elsewhere too; I found them on Amazon. 
These are great tools for your white board or magnet board in your classroom. You can use them to emphasize something on the board or have the students use them to identify an answer on the board, etc. The bright colors allow you to identify what you are looking for on your board. 

Here you see I am using it to emphasize our social skills 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Multiple Meaning and Antonym Battle Speech Game

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.

Click here for a completed Battle Speech Game- Antonyms and Multiple Meaning words.
Click here for a blank Battle Speech Game that you can print your own words on.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Apraxia and Vowel Work

I find that many times my students, who struggle significantly with apraxia, also need to work on the vowels. Frequently, I find that they do not have a clear production of their vowels and/or they do not hold the vowel long enough to give their listeners a clear vowel unit (the glue of the word). These sheets are an easy practice for differentiating between the long vowel sounds. I usually have the student hold onto the vowel for a count of five. You will notice I also kept the final consonant consistent so that they can focus on holding onto the vowel unit instead of moving to the consonant. I chose the (t) because the student I created these for is successful with the production of the (t).

I also LOVE BANANAGRAMS! It can be used in so many ways!

Here we are using them to spell the words in the TPT unit I mentioned above. This way we work on reading and speech at the same time. As you see I also put the vowel sound under the word that he put together. On this day we played CONNECT FOUR on the grid that was included on the free TPT unit (see above).
**Please note in this picture that this is one of the sheets in the TPT connection,
created by Michelle Scotese.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Vocabulary- definitions and description

VOCABULARY- This is an exercise that works on increasing a student’s
ability to define or describe.
Come up with a list of ten words that are four letters in length. You will only change ONE letter in
each word to arrive at the new word. There are a few ways to play this game with your kids. Below
you will find some of the variations I have used in class.
• Give one in the group the list of ten words and have the leader come up with the definitions
of all of the words to lead the group to the final word.
• Have the ten words cut up and in order. The first student gives the definition of the first
word (You can also just provide the first word since it is so important that they get this one
correct.) Then you hand the next student the next word or definition and they provide a
definition or read the one you game them so the students come up with the next word. This
goes on until you get to the 10th word.
• Have only the first word and ten definitions written on a sheet of paper to see if the students
can figure out all ten words.
• Have the list of ten words written on the sheet and have the students write in meanings for
each of the words.
• You can give them all different sheets and have them do the last two options and then have
them see if the class can figure out their list after they have done so.
• You can have them look up meanings also and paraphrase the definitions.
• After you have done a few, the students will be able to come up with both their own words
and definitions and have the others in their group complete their challenge.
• You could also have the students come up with sentences that this word might appear in such
as, “The horse was pulling the _________.”
• You could also come up with one that gives or uses idioms or figurative language.
• You can target certain sounds if you are working with articulation.
• A couple of notes:
o Check the students’ spelling because the entire game depends upon the correct spelling.
o As you can imagine, this activity can be differentiated in many ways. I have even
printed up worksheets with the words and definitions before and then even remove the
letter that will need to be changed.