Thursday, June 27, 2013

Race Car Synonyms and Antonyms {With my 100 Facebook fan freebie!!}

I can't believe it! I made it to 100 Facebook likes- you all are awesome! As promised, I have a freebie for you- Race Car Synonyms and Antonyms Level 1

For this post, though, I'm going to focus on Race Car Synonyms and Antonyms Level 2, which is for sale in my store. They are almost identical: Level 1 is aimed at grades K-3, Level 2 is geared for grades 3-5. 

Each download has a total of 60 cards- that's 30 pairs for both synonyms and antonyms! Since both downloads are similar, I have differentiated the cards in the upper right hand corner. For example, the cards below say "Synonym Level 2" and "Antonym Level 2". That way, if you decide to buy the Level 2 cards in addition to the Level 1 card freebie, you will be able to keep the cards separate. 

There's a cute game board to use with your students. All you need is your own game pieces and die, or a spinner. 

I've also included an answer key included that lists all the synonym and antonym pairs. In addition, there is a carryover worksheet. You can have your student draw (or come up with their own) two different synonym and antonym cards. From there, your student must come up with their own synonym/antonym to that word and use their new word in a sentence. 

I hope you enjoy your freebie! And if you like it, go check out Race Car Synonyms and Antonyms Level 2. As always, if you download, I would appreciate your feedback!  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Worth it Wednesday {Race to the Princess}

I hope you all enjoyed last week's post on ZAP Language Activities by The Speech Bubble. This week I'm going to share with you an activity by one of my favorite bloggers, Jess, over at Figuratively Speeching SLP.

Her Race to the Princess Language Games is a huge hit in my speech room! This HUGE packet targets language goals such as categories, descriptions, functions, similarities/differences, rhyming, and auditory memory. Not only that, she gives you suggestions on how to use your own materials with her game board, expanding the possibilities on the use of this game!

Two game boards are included, one that fits on one page and a two page board that allows extra practice on targets before reaching the finish. You can use the game board alone-by writing targets directly on the board, or you can use the cards she includes. 

You get 32 cards for each area- categories, descriptions, functions, similarities/differences, and rhyming, and 48 cards for auditory memory. The cards are easy to follow and contain interesting material that gets slightly harder as you go through the cards, and the clip art is wonderful. As a bonus, she included blank cards in each area for you to add your own ideas- how neat is that!

My students loved this game. It's engaging and fun-who doesn't love rescuing the princess? If you get the chance, check it out here! Go like her on Facebook and visit her blog (the link is her store name above!) and let her know that I sent you. 

What's a product that you thought was "worth it" to buy?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pirate Prepositions

Ahoy there matey!! Are you ready to take to the open sea and join the pirates on their preposition expedition? Hold on tight, you're in for quite the ride!

Our pirates' first challenge is to learn and practice their prepositions. Six prepositions are included: above, below, beside, between, behind, and in front. Each preposition includes six different cards to practice. That's 36 total cards! Use them to learn the prepositions, or use them to play memory or Go Fish. 

A barrier game is also in the pirates' sights! Two backgrounds are included- the blue ocean water and the deck of the ship. There are two different pages of manipulatives to use on the backgrounds. Use this game as a traditional barrier game or use it as a following directions activity using prepositions, eg. "Put the treasure chest between the palm trees. Put the map above the treasure chest." 

Sentence strips are also included. Use the strips to have your students use prepositions in sentences. In addition to the sentences, there is also a word bank. This can be used with the barrier game or by itself as its own activity. Example: "The anchor is below the ship. The pirate flag is between the boy and the girl."

The pirates' next obstacle is listening for prepositions. Three picture mats are included with 6 pictures on each mat. Each picture has two different prepositions. I've included a page of descriptions that you can read to your students and have them choose the correct picture. You can also come up with your own descriptions. 

And the pirates' journey ends with 3 pages of carryover practice. The student must match the word to the picture of the preposition. 

Are you up for the challenge? Get Pirate Prepositions here, and leave me some feedback if you download, please. Enjoy!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Through Your Eyes- A Perspective Taking Game about Emotions

The ability to take another person's perspective is hard for those students with a social language disorder. I've developed a packet that provides a prompt about another person or group of people and requires your student to answer questions about the prompt. 

I introduce you to:

It includes 48 task cards that provide prompts such as this: "It rains on a bride's wedding day. How does she feel? Why does she feel that way?" There are also prompts such as: "The doctor successfully removed the child's brain tumor. How does the doctor feel? How does the child's parent's feel?"

The questions provide your students the opportunity to identify with the other person and to determine why they are feeling that way. This is perfect for your older students to practice using high level thought processes. 

I've also included a generalization activity that allows your student to pick an emotion and write a few sentences about when and why they would feel that emotion. 

You can find my newest download here. If you download, please let me know what you think! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Worth it Wednesday {ZAP Language Activity Packet}

I'm starting a new weekly feature called "Worth it Wednesday". Each week, I plan to review a product that I have purchased that I felt was "worth it" to buy. No one requested I do this review of their product, I'm doing it on my own free will.

With that being said, my first Worth it Wednesday is from The Speech Bubble (you can check out her blog here).

Her Language Activity Packet is a quick, simple, and incredibly fun game! The best thing about this packet is it includes all of her ZAP games: Categories, Synonyms, Antonyms, Multiple Meaning Words, Irregular Verbs, Singular and Plural Possessives, Singular and Irregular Plurals, and Singular and Plural Nouns- all in one comprehensive download!

Each game has similar rules. You cut out all the cards and put them in a bag or container. Your students take turns drawing out cards and performing the task. If they are correct, they keep the card, if they are wrong they put the card in a discard pile. The player with the most cards wins.

Now here comes the fun part- you also have ZAP cards in the bag. There are two types, regular ZAP cards and ZAP a Friend cards. If you draw a ZAP card, you have to put all your cards in the middle and start over. But if you draw a ZAP a Friend card, you can pick someone else to put all of their cards in the middle!

My students love this game, and I love how easy it is to play. Go check it out and let her know what you think!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I wanna be a Rock Star!

This weekend I got to see the oh so wonderful Luke Bryan with some of my best friends. Not only is he talented, handsome, and an awesome dancer, he can also rock out on the guitar! That was enough inspiration for me to make my newest product,

This download includes 20 cards each for two, three, and four syllable words.  

I've also included pacing boards that can be used with the cards and a cute game board!

The total download is 14 pages long and can be downloaded for free here. Go download it and leave me some feedback!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Monster Multiple Meaning Words

Those multiple meaning words can be hard. I mean, how many different definitions can one word have!? After making this product, I've found that words have toooooo many meanings!! But since I can't make any of those meanings go away, I figured I'd make this to help those kids that may struggle with words with multiple meanings. 

I present to you, 

This download is leveled, with two sets of words and definitions. The first level is for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade, the second level is for grades 6th through 12th. 

Level one words

Level two words

Each word has at least two definitions, some have three! They are also distinguished by levels. 

Level one

Level two

Also included are 6 special cards that can be used to add some variety to the games, as well as a worksheet. The worksheet includes a space for the target word, lines for the different definitions of the word, and lines to make sentences with the target word and its definitions. 

You can find my newest download here. Oh, and did I mention that this HUGE (37 pages!!!) download is FREE!? Go download it and leave me some feedback, I would appreciate it. 

In the mean time, I'm getting ready to go watch Luke Bryan shake it for me! What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Under the Sea Grammar

Summertime has just started and I'm already itching to go (back) to the beach! I went to Jamaica on my honeymoon in May and had the opportunity to go snorkeling on one of the coral reefs. The fish and other creatures I saw inspired my newest download, 

Kiddos with expressive and receptive language disorders have troubles with helping verbs and distinguishing which verb to use for singular and plural subjects. This download helps with just that!

Take your students under the sea on an adventure to discovering helping verbs! There are 96 cards total- 30 for each helping verb pair (is/are, has/have, was/were) and 6 wild cards that can be incorporated into a fun game.

is vs. are

                                                                       has vs. have

                                                                      was vs. were

In addition, each pair has blank cards for you to add your own targets.

I have also included a fun game board to help motivate those little ones who need that extra push to keep working (you all know who I'm talking about!).

This download is available to purchase here. A free preview is available of the is/are pair! I hope you enjoy and are able to use this with your students. I would appreciate any feedback you leave!

What are you already daydreaming about this summer?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summertime and the living is easy

Hello! I'm so glad you decided to come back. After a wonderful weekend at home enjoying time with family and a day of boating and skiing with friends on the lake, I got some inspiration to make my first product- Summertime Pronouns!

My littles at my elementary school placement last fall had troubles with pronoun usage, so for me this was a no-brainer to make. You can't have too many therapy products for something, right? 

So I present to you my baby:

Included in this download are 3 pronoun anchor charts, depicting a boy, girl, and a group of children, all with rules for subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns.


I've also included a sorting mat for pictures, as well as sentence strips to use the pronouns and pictures in sentences. There's even a cute game board!

My download is available here. I hope you can find this useful! Please leave me some feedback if you would, I would love to know what you think!

What do you use to help your kiddos with pronouns?

Friday, June 7, 2013

It's all new...

Well, I've finally done it. I've been thinking about joining this crazy blog world for a while now, and I finally found the time and the gumption to do it. Will I be successful? Who knows. Will I have fun along the way? Absolutely.

I'm starting my CFY this August and I am terrified excited! I will be a brand new SLP in a school where there was no permanent SLP for the previous school year. I know I'll have tons of evaluations, IEPs, and scheduling issues to work through. Not to mention being the newbie in the building. But alas, I know there was a reason I was offered this position and I am willing to take on the challenge. I can't wait to meet my students and their families and to make an impact in their lives. That's what this job is all about, right?

So for now, I'm just a new SLP trying out a new blog starting at a new school living my new life with me new husband in a new town. That's a lot of "new" isn't it?

Hopefully you'll find this blog useful and decide to follow along. I'll try to make it worth your while. Comment here, email me, let me know if there's any way I can help you or any topic you would like me to address. I can't wait to start this journey with you. This newbie is signing off for now. I plan to have some new material for you next time- so stay tuned!