Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus Speech Therapy Ideas

It's Wild About Books Wednesday! I hope you have been enjoying all of the Halloween books that I've been sharing this month. There are so many great books to use in October! If you're new around here, I love literacy-based therapy! Books truly bring the speech room to life and provide endless opportunities to enhance language!
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Today is all about The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills! This book puts a spooky twist on the popular song, The Wheels on the Bus! This is a great book to use in therapy, because many students are familiar with the song! They're already equipped with some background knowledge and that will set them up for success.

There are many goals you can target with this cute book:
1. Articulation - This book is filled with /s/ blends! Students will enjoy practicing their sounds and singing! For instance, "five big spiders spin their webs, spin their webs, spin their webs!" or "nine magic brooms go swish, swoosh, swish!"

This book is also filled with /s/ words! Example "six singing...," "seven silly," "meow, hiss, hiss."

2. Adjectives - This is a great book to demonstrate how to use adjectives! Examples: spooky bus, noisy cats, glowing wheels, big spiders, etc
3. Quantitative Concepts - You can talk about quantity, example: There are more brooms on the bus than spiders or there are less cats on the bus than witches! Each item is numbered, for example four glowing wheels, five big spiders, etc so you can talk about the quantity of each item on the bus! Ask, how many witches? How many mummies?
4. What Questions - You can ask what each creature is doing! What are the mummies doing? What are the witches doing? What are the cats doing? This is great book to use to practice what questions! You could also ask tons of who questions too! Who is cackling? Who is singing?
5. Setting - I love this book for teaching the setting of the story! It's a great way to demonstrate that setting is not only about the place, but also the time! This story is set on Halloween night on spooky bus!
6. Retelling - Bring the story to life! Add in a school bus toy (I adore the Little People School Bus) and other items that can help students retell the story (toy spiders, print out pictures of each character and cut them out). Set all of the items up around your speech room and students can drive the bus around the room to pick up the various creatures!
7. Temporal Concepts - Before/After are tricky concepts! This is a great book to use to practice those concepts. Example: Who got on the bus after the witches? What got on the bus before the spiders?
8. Verbs - Have students re-enact all the fun verbs in the story! The cats hiss, the witches cackle, the mummies sing, and the spiders spin!
9. Compare/Contrast - Compare this story with the original Wheels on the Bus!
10. Inferencing - The pictures in this book are wonderful and they lend themselves to working on inferencing! I'll list some inferences that can be made in this book!

  • In the scene where the bus is picking up the three cats at the bus stop,  the cats are holding umbrellas! The song says "two white wipers go creak, creak, creak" but there is no mention of rain! This is a great opportunity for students to infer about the weather! It must be a rainy night! 
  • We don't know it's Halloween night until the very last page, but students can infer that it's Halloween by looking at the very first page! 
  • The mummies are singing and they're each holding mummy babies! The babies are either asleep or yawning. Let's infer, what are the mummies signing? They must be singing lullabies to put their babies to sleep! 
  • Why are the witches cackling? If you look at the picture, they're using their wands to do silly things. For instance, one witch makes a cat have spots! 
  • Why does the boy look worried? His cake has a frog leg sticking out of it! haha 
You can truly use the pictures in this book to work on so many skills! 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider Freebie

I hope you have been loving the special Halloween edition of Wild About Books Wednesday! Books are a springboard for language and I love incorporating fun stories in speech-language therapy! There are so many great books to use in October!
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Today's book is There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward! This is the perfect book to use in therapy! It's highly repetitive and follows that same pattern as the There Was an  Old Lady Who Swallowed a... series! This silly mummy swallows a variety of spooky creatures - a spider, a rat, and a crow as he makes his way to a haunted house. There are so many different goals you can target with this book:

1. Rhyming: It's written in rhyme which is great for building phonological awareness!
2. Inferencing: The pictures in this book are absolutely incredible! They're colorful and fun! I love that the author doesn't immediately say what the mummy is going to swallow, so you can look at the pictures to make an inference! There are two whole pages full of pictures accompanied by "There was an old mummy..." and then students can look at the picture to figure out what he's going to swallow next! For instance, in one scene there's a skeleton that looks nervous! We can infer that the mummy is either going to swallow the skeleton or one of his bones!
3. Articulation: This book is jam-packed with /s/ blends (spider, scare, stir, swallowed, splash, spooky, ghost, etc).
4. Adjectives: "old mummy," "spooky ghost," etc.. Students can even come up with their own adjectives to describe the things that he swallows!
5. Setting: This is a great story to focus on the setting! The mummy travels through a cemetery and makes his way to a haunted house!
6. Semantic Absurdities: The mummy swallows all sorts of absurd items! This books is a great way to introduce students to absurdities!
7. Verbs - Each time he swallows something new, that item performs an action. For instance, "he swallowed the crow to poke the rat."
8. Why Questions - This is a great book for focusing on why questions! Why did he swallow the crow? To poke the rat!
9. Emotions - How did the creatures feel right before they got swallowed? How does the mummy feel? How do the kids feel at the end of the story?
10. Sequencing/Story Retelling - I whipped up a free story map that you can use with your students! I love using these types of books to practice sequencing! This story map provides students with visual cues and can help them retell the story!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bone Soup Speech Therapy Ideas

Happy Wild About Books Wednesday! My little blog series returned last week for some Halloween fun! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and there are so many great books that I want to share with you this month! Make sure you swing by my blog each Wednesday in October for some treats!
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This week's book is Bone Soup by Cambria Evans! This is a fun Halloween twist on the classic story, Stone Soup! Finnigan is a hungry little skeleton! He roams city to city and has developed quite the reputation for his huge appetite! One Halloween, Finnigan wanders into a new city and is delighted at the thought of a Halloween feast. He is spotted by a witch though, who warns the town of Finnigan's arrival. Everyone hides their food! Finnigan is disappointed that the town isn't having a feast and goes door to door asking for food. He's rejected everywhere! He doesn't get discouraged though, instead he starts boiling a soup in the town's square. The townspeople (zombies, mummies, monsters, and the like) all gather around Finnigan's cauldron in awe. Finnigan convinces them all to add their own ingredients! It's a delightful story and students will get a kick out of all the spooky ingredients (bat wings, eyeballs, and spider eggs!).

There are so many language skills you can address with this story:
1. Adjectives - barren, tasty, delicious, etc
2. Vocabulary - This book is filled with rich vocabulary words such as, wistful, delicacy, shrieked, undaunted, etc
3. Social Skills - Finnigan was not greeted nicely when he entered the town. You can talk about meeting new people and how to be polite. At the end of the story, everyone came together! This is also a great book to talk about making new friends!
4. Sequencing - This is a great story to sequence! You can also just talk about the sequence for making bone soup! You can also bring in a bowl and have students make their own soup! Just grab some q-tips (for bones), plastic eyeballs, foam bats, spiders, and more! (shown above)
I also found this bone bowl at Michael's! I snagged it for 50% off! It's the perfect companion for this book!

5. Rhyming - Finnigan chants a bone soup poem that gets everyone's attention!
6. Problem Solving - Finnigan was hungry, but nobody wanted to share their food! How did he solve his problem?
7. Inferencing - I have a feeling this isn't the first time Finnigan made bone soup. ;)
8. Predictions - What will Finnigan do when he goes to the next town? This is truly more of an inference, but this is a great story to make predictions throughout!
9. Compare/Contrast - Compare this story with Stone Soup! You can also compare/contrast all the different ingredients or chicken noodle soup vs. bone soup!
10. Text-To-Self Connections - Students can talk about their favorite kinds of soups and come up with their own recipes!

Have you used this book in therapy? What skills did you work on? This is truly a great book!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Turkey Books for Speech Therapy

Gobble! Gobble! I love fall in the speech room! It's time to bust out all the scarecrows, pumpkins, and turkeys! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I thought it would be a great time to talk about some of my favorite turkey read alouds!
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10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
This is a fun counting story! Ten fat turkeys are on a fence and one by one they fall off! The illustrations are funny and delightful. This is a great book to target:
- Describing - Each turkey is accompanied by an adjective (ex. goofy turkey, silly turkey, etc)
- /g/ and /k/ - This book is loaded with /g/ and  /k/! It's great for articulation students working on those sounds.
- Rhyming
- Verbs - strutting, skating, whistling, etc

10 Turkeys on the Road by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
This is another fun counting story! This will be great to use to follow-up on 10 Fat Turkeys! You can compare and contrast them! Instead of sitting on a fence, ten turkeys are blocking the road! It features a surprise ending that will definitely crack your students up! You can use this book to address:
-Rhyming
-Emotions - The farmer gets angrier and angrier.... and the turkeys get sillier and sillier!
-Compare/Contrast - At the end, the Farmer is left without his truck! He hitches a ride with a car full of pigs! haha.. You can compare/contrast the pigs and turkeys!

The Turkey Train by Steve Metzger
A group of turkeys hop aboard a Turkey Train! Then end up in a winter wonderland. They ski, go sledding, and have snowball fights! At the end, the hop back on the train to go home. It's a super simplistic story! It's also highly repetitive, so it's perfect for echo reading or choral reading. Some skills you can target:
-Rhyming
-/r/ blends - This is a great book to practice /r/ blends at the sentence level. Every page features the repetitive phrase "on the turkey train."
-Where questions - Where are they turkeys going? Where did they ski? Where did they fall asleep?

T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone
This is a fun alphabet book for Thanksgiving themed speech therapy! It gives a simple history of Thanksgiving. It shows a group of children working on a Thanksgiving play and of course.. T is for Turkey! This is a great book to use to work on:
-Rhyming
-Alphabetical order
-Vocabulary - This is a great way to expose children to Thanksgiving themed vocabulary words!
-Describing - Students can also work on describing many of the scenes in this story, the illustrations are great!
-Categories - You can work on placing each item in a category.

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
If you're a turkey on Thanksgiving - RUN! This poor turkey runs all around the farm trying to hide! He rolls in the mud, in hopes that the farmer will think he's a pig! He swims in the pond, hoping he'll be mistaken for a duck! When he's caught, the other animals cheer him on and tell him to run! He eventually finds a safe place in the woods. Turkey lives to see another day and the farmer enjoys a nice grilled cheese sandwich for dinner! haha.. You can use this book to target:
-Problem Solving
-Farm Vocabulary
-Inferencing - Why does everyone look disappointed on Thanksgiving?
-Compare/Contrast - This is a great book to compare/contrast with Turkey Trouble! They're similar! You can scoop up a freebie and read about that book by clicking HERE.

Do you have a favorite turkey themed book? Comment below and let me know!

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fall Interactive Articulation Notebooks

It's no secret.. I'm pretty much obsessed with interactive notebooks! They're fun, engaging, and motivating. Autumn is finally here, so I'm swinging by the blog to give you a peek inside the Fall Interactive Articulation Notebooks!
This packet features five fun activities for each speech sound! It addresses /k, g, f, v, p, b, t, d, m, n, s, z, th, sh, ch, j, l, r/, /s/ blends, /r/ blends, and /l/ blends! These can be used with your entire articulation caseload and your students will love them! Let's take a look at each activity!

First up.... an acorn sort:
Students sort their target words into initial and final positions. After they sort their words, they'll glue them under the corresponding flap!

A bushel of apple puzzles:
This is a fun activity that students can revisit again and again! These puzzles feature target words in the initial and final positions. Whenever students want some additional practice, they can flip to this page and put their puzzles together!

A basket full of acorns:
I love interactive pouches! Students can store their words into the basket and take them out at any time for extra practice! These acorns feature sounds in the initial, medial, and final positions! Students can also sort them! You can even use the extra acorns for flap-up activities. See below:
There are 18 acorns! You can use 9 for flap-ups and 9 for the interactive pouch! You'll put glue on the top part of the acorn and then lift up the bottom part to create a flap. Under the flap, students can write a phrase or practicing writing the word.

Pumpkin Flap-Ups:
There are 18 pumpkins (6 initial, 6 medial, and 6 final)! Just glue the top portion down to create the flap! Lift up the flap and write phrases or words underneath! Students will love creating a "pumpkin patch."

Lastly... a candy corn jar:
Confession, I don't like candy corn! I'm sure I'm in the minority! haha... But, I love these cute candy corn jars! Students create a flap with the jar (by only glueing under the lid). Then they'll glue the candy corn around the jar. They can lift up the jar and write sentences underneath! Instead of writing sentences, they can also generate more words that feature their target sound!

This notebook can also be found in a growing bundle - Seasonal Interactive Articulation Notebooks! It's currently 40% off for a few more weeks. You can also snag this packet by joining my membership website - The Speech is Sweet Club! In this membership, you'll receive this packet and all of my future materials (I'll be adding in a new resource every single week). Check it out!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful fall!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Ten Timid Ghosts Freebie

I'm kicking off a special Halloween edition of Wild About Books Wednesdays! For the next several weeks, I'll be talking about some of my favorite spooky stories! Swing by my blog each Wednesday in October for some fun ideas and treats!
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Today's book is Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell! Not only is this book super affordable (only $3.99 on Amazon!) it's also perfect for speech-language therapy! A witch moves into a haunted house and tries to get rid of all the ghosts! They're timid and easily spooked (unusual for a ghost, huh? lol), so she successfully gets rid of them! Except... the ghosts become angry when they realize that they have been tricked! They team up together to scare the witch! It's truly a delightful read! There are so many different language goals you can target with this book!

1. Rhyming - This book is written in rhyme! It's really fun to read!
2. Quantitative Concepts - The number of ghosts decreases as the story goes on.
3. Past Tense - This book is written in past tense! It has many irregular past tense verbs too (ex. flew, saw, took, etc).
4. Adjectives - timid, haunted, dark, old, brave, etc
5. Character Development - compare the ghosts at the beginning of the story and how they are at the end of the story! At first they're timid and at the end they're brave!
6. Compare/Contrast - Compare the witch and the ghosts!
7. Problem Solving - The witch has a problem and finds a variety of solutions! At the end, the ghosts have a problem (they no longer have a home) and then they have to come up with a solution!
8. Halloween Vocabulary - The witch disguises herself as a variety of Halloween creatures (ghoul, vampire, mummy, etc). Students can also make text-to-self connections with this, as they can talk about their own costumes!
9. Verbs - flew, howled, screamed, dive, dashed, etc
10. Sequencing and Story Retelling - This is a wonderful book to use for sequencing and story retelling! It has such a clear chain of events! I made a free story grid that you can use to help students retell the story!
It comes with two versions! A blank version so that students can draw their own pictures and a version filled with visual cues! Students can easily look at the grids to help them retell the story! For instance, the first ghost was scared by a skeleton!

If you're interested in this freebie, you can download it by clicking HERE. I hope this little freebie is helpful and fun!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

October Literature Flip Books

October is my FAVORITE month in the speech room! I love fall themes, it's National Pizza Month, and I'm obsessed with Halloween! There are so many books that are perfect to use in October! Let's take a look at the selection from the October Flipping for Literature packet!
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The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
Fun fact. I'm obsessed with The Little Red Hen! It's my favorite folktale and I love all the different variations too! This version though? It's my favorite favorite! Maybe it's because I love pizza? Maybe it's because the illustrations are awesome? It's seriously a wonderful book! I LOVE using this book to teach context clues and inferencing too. The Little Red Hen goes to a variety of places such as delicatessen and the hardware store. I love having students look at her shopping carts to figure out what those stores are for. It features fabulous vocabulary words too!

I made a traditional book companion for this story too! I hope to completely update it in 2019, you can find it HERE.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This book is in my top 10 of all time, for sure! I just love it so much! A friendly witch and her darling cat (because all cats are darling #crazycatlady haha) go flying on a windy evening. The wind blows away her hat, so they fly to the ground to go look for it. A dog runs out of the bushes with her hat and they become instant friends! He asks if she has room on her broom and she invites him along for the ride! The wind blows away more things and she makes even more friends! Eventually, the broom snaps from the weight of all the animals! It's such a fun adventure.... oh and there's a dragon too! I don't want to give it all away, because the story is so precious!

I even made a traditional book companion for it! You can find it HERE.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
I adore this story! It's about a baby bat that falls into a bird's nest and gets separated from her mother. She's raised alongside three little birds and tries her best to be just like them. She struggles to be as graceful as her newfound siblings and doesn't quite like eating bugs. It's a great book to use to address comparing/contrasting, because you can talk about how birds and bats are alike and different!  It also has such a wonderful ending, as Stellaluna gets reunited with her mother and bat family.

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
This is a fun book that explores crankiness! haha! We all get cranky sometimes and this book follows a cranky young boy around! He's not a morning person, so he's cranky in the mornings. He gets cranky on super hot dogs and cranky when he gets sick! He's cranky.... until he meets another Crankenstein and laughs! It's a great book to use to talk about cause/effect and emotions!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
I could just eat this story up - I love it so! Max gets sent to his room for being mischievous and then imagines a brand new world! His room becomes a forest and it's filled with Wild Things! This book is truly a wild rumpus! Max becomes the king of the Wild Things, but eventually starts to miss him mother. Much to the Wild Things' chagrin, Max sails back to his room and is ready for dinner!
These Literature Flip Book Companions also come with mini booklets (not pictured). Where the Wild Things Are also comes with a miniature party planner and Crankenstein comes with a mini booklet called Happystein! Students have to write about events and scenarios that would make them happy (similar to how Crankenstein talks about scenarios that make kids cranky!). Room on the Broom comes with a mini story telling booklet and the other two book companions feature mini booklets that address story elements!

These interactive companions also come in a year long bundle! It's 50% off and it's a great way to collect literature flip books for 52 different stories! These companions are unique and make reading fun!
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