Work hard; play hard!

Work hard; play hard!
Consulting in Maui!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Head's Up App- In the classroom or resource room.


  So far I have added multiple meaning, antonyms and prefixes/suffixes. You can add a deck for each area of vocabulary!


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Who doesn't love Ellen Degeneres?!? When I was traveling in Spain, I was talking with another life-long educator about the app "Head's Up". So, of course, I loaded it on to my IPAD (traveling companion) and thought about it on my long plane rides and even longer layovers in Paris and Washington DC.
How could I use this in my speech/language groups? At first, I just thought it might be a perfect game for working on description and listening. Then I saw its use for my carryover articulation kids and even for my kids who work on fluency. After that I noticed another paid deck for "make your own". Well that really opened up the possibilities! So the first one I made was multiple meaning. Next I am going to make an analogy one. I could use it for my articulation groups too, but I have other apps that are more geared towards that objective. So my articulation students will benefit from the language aspect of the new decks while they work on carryover of their skills in a more stressful task that involves time. I could see it for learning math facts, academic vocabulary, quizzing, etc....love to have multiple uses of my tools! CHECK IT OUT! I think you could easily use it in your resource room. Way to go Ellen! My students thoroughly enjoy the review video aspect of this game. After playing a deck, they frequently like to watch the video of them guessing or describing the cards in the deck.

 We started competing with other groups and with administration to see who could get the highest scores. The kids LOVED this.
Another variation is to have the person in the group sit down if the buzzer goes off during their time (Like the old game of Hot Potato). Careful if you have an overly competitive group here because this does AMP it up quite a bit. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rock, Paper Scissors for articulation and vocabulary

I know; I have been a bit inactive when it comes to creating for my blog. I have always wanted to make Rock, Paper Scissors cards for my speech groups. So finally I did it! I have the word doc also so you could change the targets on the cards. I put several targets (Articulation- r, l, s, sh, ch, k and g) and (Vocabulary- analogies, antonyms and multiple meaning words) on each card. This way I could use it with several of my groups and it could address multiple IEP objectives. (*You can email me for the word document so you can change the words or the targets on the cards.) You could use them for reading or math or just about anything you wanted to use them for in your classroom. 
More than two players: The way we played it this week was to divide all of the cards between players. We kept them in a pile and did not look at the cards. Then the first person puts down the card that is on the top of their pile. The next person goes and you see which person has the strongest card (rock crushes scissors, scissors cuts paper, and paper covers rock). The person with the strongest card gets to take the other person's cards. Then the strongest of those two cards goes up against the next players top card. You keep doing this until the final player in that round. If they are the same card then the first player that laid down the card is "safe" and gets to take their card back. The second player goes up against the next player. 
Two players: We played it two different ways. The first way we played it went quickly. We played it like the old card game of WAR. There are a lot of matches because there are only three cards. The next way was to deal out five cards to each person. Then you each choose one card to lay down. The strongest card takes both of the cards. If you have a tie then you choose another card from your hand of four cards now and lay that down. Every time you play a card you get to choose another card from the draw pile. So you always have five cards in your hand until the end. The player with the most cards at the end wins the game. 
So there you have it; I finally have my Rock, Paper, Scissors game with my target words on them.