Sunday, July 30, 2017

Literature Lap Books ~ The Art Lesson

My obsession with picture books continues! If you've stopped by my blog a few times, you know how much I adore children's literature! I've said it during many Wild About Books Wednesdays (which, I plan to bring back by the way!), but books are a springboard for language and they're my favorite therapy tools.

Last year, I used Literature Flip Books and Interactive Notebooks and they were both huge successes! I decided to combine these two ideas and make Literature Lap Books! I'm so excited about these new resources!

Introducing...... Literature Lap Books!
This growing bundle will feature 36 different lap books! Each lap book will feature a literature flip book and a wide variety of interactive activities that will correspond with the book! These activities are super versatile too! If you don't feel like making a lap book then just simply have students glue the activities onto construction paper or inside an interactive language notebook! I'm super excited to add these fun activities to my literacy toolbox! The price of this bundle is currently 75% off for a limited time! This price reflects its growing bundle status and the price will increase throughout the year as I add in more lap books.

So far the bundle only contains a lap book for (aff. link) The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola! This is one of my favorite stories - especially for back to school! Each month, I'll add in at least 3 new lap books!
The skills covered in these lap books will address common core standards in kindergarten through early elementary. They'll address comprehension, comparing/contrasting, sequencing, retelling, WH questions, describing, story elements, and more! Speech-language pathologists can use these in a wide variety of grade levels for students who are working on those skills. In the regular education class, these would be ideal for work on writing centers, whole group read aloud follow-up activities, listening centers, and more! One sweet teacher told me that she used my literature flip books for "treats" on Friday! How cool is that?! These lap books would make great fun Friday projects too!

Here's a peek at The Art Lesson Lap Book:
The flip book can stand alone or it can be included inside the lap book!
You can expand upon the lap book by taping or stapling a piece of construction paper over the flip book like this:
To see the flip book, just flip up the piece of construction paper!
So, how do you make a lap book? Easy. Peasy. You take a file folder and open it up completely. Then you fold each side in towards the middle. Voila! When you're done folding, it'll fit together like a little puzzle piece like this:
Students will be so proud to take these home to show parents! Interactive activities such as lap books make learning memorable and fun!

If you're interested in collecting all 36 lap books, make sure you snag the bundle! I spent all summer reading TONS of picture books (both favorites and new-to-me stories!) and I settled upon 36 books! You can find them all in the bundle's description! I selected these books carefully and I'm so excited about them!

If you're looking to stock up on file folders for the year, I recently purchased a pack of 100 multicolor file folders from Amazon! They're currently 13.99! This is an affiliate link, but I would never recommend something that I don't use myself!

Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful day and happy reading!

Monday, July 17, 2017

School Themed Articulation Notebooks!

Last school year, I began implementing Interactive Notebooks for speech and language! They were an absolute hit and a game changer! My students took such great pride in their notebooks and often requested to work in them! Since a new school year is quickly approaching (Eeeek!), I decided to start creating even more interactive notebook activities! Almost all of the activities found in my first collection of interactive articulation notebooks are designed to be used year around! I wanted to create some notebook activities that can be used with some of my favorite themes! So, I'm excited to introduce my newest growing bundle - Thematic Interactive Articulation Notebooks!

I decided to whip up a little blog post to share the first theme - school!
Teachers Pay Teachers increased their upload limit a few months ago, so I'll be able to squeeze in all the sounds into these packets! You'll get four activities for every sound (/k, g, f, v, p, b, t, d, s, z, r, l, th, sh, ch, j, w, h/ and r-blends, s-blends, and l-blends!).

Let's explore the four activities found in the school themed notebook!

Speech School Flap Up Book!

In this activity, students lift the flaps and read the sentences! Each page of the flap activity has two words that feature the target sound in the initial position and a corresponding sentence. For instance, "I see gum and a gorilla!" If students are not at the sentence level, then they can just practice the words they see! I always include pictures with the words for non-readers! Students will remained super engaged by coloring their school, the pictures on the flaps, cutting, and gluing!

Crayon Box Pouch!
I love interactive pouches! This one is a crayon box with 10 crayons! Students can take the crayons out at any time to practice and then simply store them in the pouch when they're finished! There are four crayons in the initial position, four crayons in the final position, and two crayons in the medial position!

Crayon Flip-Book Sort!
I love having students sort words! It's a great way to not only practice their speech sounds in various positions, but it also helps build phonemic awareness. In this activity, students glue words that feature the sound in the initial position under the initial flap and the words that feature the sound in the final position under the final flap.

Clipboard Flap-Ups! 
I think these are super cute! Students lift up the clip board and write a sentence or phrase containing the featured word! If you are working with preschoolers or other non-writers, you can simply have students draw a happy face under the clipboards after the practice the word!

I have 9 more themes planned out (pirates, farm, space, and more!) and I'm so excited about them! If you're interested, the growing bundle is currently at a special "buy-in" price of 75% off. You save $90! This deal ends on July 25th, 2017! If interested, just click HERE.

Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful day!