Monday, June 23, 2014

Articulation Jenga L/L Blends Edition

I've been asked to make more of my Articulation Jenga products, and I was happy to oblige! So here's my newest edition- L and L Blends.

Just like before, take a standard Jenga game and color the ends of the blocks with red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. Have your student draw a Jenga block. The color they draw corresponds to the position of the sound. The best part is you can target the word, phrase, or sentence level all on the same card! There are 15 cards per color. 
You can find my newest Articulation Jenga version here. Be sure to check out the other versions in my store as well!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Celebrations!

I can't believe that it's been a year since I've started this crazy adventure of blogging and making products on Teachers Pay Teachers!! I definitely wouldn't have made it this far without all the love and support from all of YOU! 

So to thank you, I've got some fun stuff in store. First, my entire Teachers Pay Teachers store will be on sale from June 6-8. You can find my store here.

I've also got a fun new freebie up at my store- Articulation Jenga S/S Blends Edition! But you better hurry and grab it, after this weekend it will become a paid product. 

Finally, I'm throwing a huge giveaway where you can win my ENTIRE store. Yep, that's right, you can win everything in my store, for free!! Even if you aren't my grand prize winner, you can win awesome products from other bloggers too, there will be 4 winners in all. 

Here's a breakdown of what you could win:
  • Grand prize: My entire store!
  • 2nd place: 
    • Teach Speech 365: Articulation Phone Book
    • Home Sweet Speech Room: Summer Lovin' Language Activities
    • Speech All the Time: Potato Friends Barrier Game
    • Straight up Speech: Articulation Bingo Initial R
    • Speechasaurus: Articulation and Phonemic Awareness Bundle
    • AND 5 products of your choice from my store!
  • 3rd place:
    • Tech n' Talk SLPs: Practice Pack 100 Vocalic R's
    • Putting Words in Your Mouth: Tackling Apraxia CV and CVC Early Sounds Edition
    • Speech Universe: Speech and Language Calendars 2014
    • Figuratively Speeching SLP: Super Strategies for Word Retrieval
    • AND 3 products of your choice from my store!
  • 4th place:
    • Twin Sisters Speech and Language Therapy: AAC Choice Boards for Early Communication
    • The Speech Summit: Baseball Articulation L and L Blends
    • Speech Sprouts: Monster Munch Speech Therapy
    • Rae's Speech Spot: Pirate Two-Step Directions
    • AND 2 products of your choice from my store!
Enter to win here:
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Once again, I'd like to thank you with all my heart. I'm giving you all a big virtual hug right now.  Be sure to check out all the FABULOUS bloggers who donated to my giveaway, I couldn't have done it without them either! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

May Speachy Feedback Linky Party

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE rewarding you for the awesome feedback you leave in my store. This month is no different. In fact, this month I get to pick two winners-yay! I'm linking up with Allison's Speech Peeps to bring you this month's feedback linky.

Usernames Teach Speech 365 and Felecia B., email me at with a product of your choice from my store. You can find my "Let's Make Analogies!" and "Vocabulary Graphic Organizer" in my Teachers pay Teachers store. Thank you all for leaving feedback in my store, I love reading your comments and seeing how you use my products. Keep it up!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Teaching Vocabulary

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Oh the dreaded "V" word- Vocabulary! I don't know about you, but whenever I see a vocabulary goal, I shiver a little inside. Why? Because they are usually super vague. For example: [Student] will learn grade level vocabulary words with 80% accuracy over 3 sessions, or, [Student] will give definitions for academic vocabulary with 80% accuracy over 3 sessions. First of all, how are these goals even measurable?! And my next question, and the question I'm sure you're all asking as well, what vocabulary words do I target?? 

I recently attended a wonderful conference on teaching vocabulary. Unfortunately, the presenter wasn't able to give us a magic list of words to teach. She did, however, point us in a few different directions. One set of words to consider teaching are called "Bell's 12 Powerful Words". These are words that commonly trip up students when they are taking tests and include trace, infer, formulate, support, summarize, contrast, analyze, evaluate, describe, explain, compare, and predict. 

The presenter also recommended teaching academic vocabulary, or the vocabulary your students are using in their classes. You can use the vocabulary that the teachers are using in their classes if you are able to get the words ahead of time. Or you can come up with your own vocabulary from their subjects. There are a few additional resources that provide examples of academic vocabulary- Vocabulary for the Common Core by Marzano and Simms, Building Academic Vocabulary by Marzano and Pickering, and The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists by Fry and Kress

For our life skills kids or kids with limited vocabulary, we could work on functional vocabulary. These are words that come from the student's environment. Go around the school and find important words, such as caution, flammable, and exit. Bring in words that you find from labels, maps, ads, and recipes. Involve the student and their families when you select the words to make things as functional as possible.

The last type of words the presenter recommended to target were essential vocabulary words. These are words that appear frequently in reading materials, on tests, and during conversations, but aren't learned easily without instruction. These are also considered Tier 2 words. [Side note: Tier 2 words are high frequency words that are useful across a variety of domains. Some questions to ask to help identify Tier 2 words include: Is it useful? Is it an important word for people to know? Does it have instructional potential- can it be worked with and taught a number of ways? Will it help students more precisely discuss and explain general concepts?] Some resources that target essential vocabulary words are Vocabulary Cartoons, AbraVocabra, and 504 Absolutely Essential Words

Like I said before, there is no magic list to use to target vocabulary for our students. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't target them though! The presenter recommended picking 10-12 words a month to target. So you have your 10-12 words, but how do you teach them? 

There are SO many ways to teach vocabulary to our students. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Use a guessing game- provide clues and have the student try to guess the meaning. 
  • Personalize it- use the word when talking with a student about himself/herself. They will want to know what it means and they now also have a personal connection to the word, which will help them remember it better. 
  • Go on a treasure hunt- in the dictionary! Give them different things to find in the dictionary- like five adjectives that begin with "a" or ten words that use "pre" as a prefix. Ask them which word doesn't belong out of a set of four and why. Have them explain if they would rather be/do/see ____ or ____ and why. There's endless possibilities here. 
  • Start a vocabulary notebook with all the new vocabulary they are learning.
  • Use charts and diagrams- like a Venn Diagram or the Frayer Model
  • Take a picture of students acting out vocabulary words- the more your students are involved, the more likely they will be to remember!
  • Use vocabulary words to make song titles, act out a skit, give a newscast, etc. 
  • Look for vocabulary words in real life materials- magazines, news articles, song lyrics, comic books, etc. 
These are just a few of my favorites. What are your favorite ways to teach vocabulary? Spread the wealth, peeps!

ABC's of my Speech Room {M is for...}

M is for Monkeying around with Vocabulary. I looked and looked and looked to try to find a link for this for you, but it seems that it's out of print! In fact, this copy was left at my school from a previous SLP. So if you run across a copy of either book, be sure to grab it up!

There are two versions to this product, a grades K-2 version and a grades 3-5 version. They both include sections on antonyms, synonyms, classifying, definitions, absurdities, and then the 3-5 grade version also includes a section on analogies.

These are so much fun for my littles. Each section includes multiple ways to practice the skill: matching pictures, cut and paste, coloring pages, circling words, fill in the blanks, writing sentences, and word banks. With so many different activities to use, my students don't even realize they are working!

What's an M from your room that you love? 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

ABC's of my Speech Room {L is for...}

L is for Labels! If you don't already know, I'm a bit OCD when it comes to organization. I have ALL of my binders labeled. Each shelf of my cabinets and bookcase are labeled with what type of product is on that shelf. Even my desk drawers are labeled (OK, I admit. That may be taking it too far.) But with so much going on each day, it's important to know where things are at in a moments notice. I definitely couldn't live without my labels!

What is an L product you couldn't live without?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ABC's of my Speech Room {K is for...}

Whew it's been a while since I've posted in my ABC series, time to get back to it!

K is for Kleenex. I know, I know, it's not really speech related. But let's be honest, it's a pretty big asset in your speech room too. I think Spring has finally set in (crossing my fingers!), and all this change in the weather has caused all my kiddos to have the dreaded runny nose. The first sniffle and my kids are directed to the tissue box, followed by my Germ-X bottle. There's no need for me to get sick too!

What's a K that is a staple in your room? I'd love to hear!