Showing posts with label Mixed Groups. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mixed Groups. Show all posts

5 Easy, Fun Ways to Jazz Up Bingo this Halloween

Older elementary to middle school students love it when you jazz up bingo by using  creepy little Halloween doodads. You know, the kind you can buy in bags at Target’s Dollar Spot at the Dollar Store. They add that 3 dimensional element of play that kids this age still secretly love (but won’t always admit to.) Just make the toys have a bit of Halloween horror and it is more than acceptable!

Reuse plastic divided containers to jazz up bingo this Halloween!
This activity is fun and easy to do. Just save and wash some divided plastic containers with compartments. The photos show empty ravioli containers, but some cookie boxes have them, too.

Find some fun and slightly creepy Halloween toys that can be tossed, like the spiders and eyeballs in the photo. Then be creative in ways to play! Try out these fun ideas.

Inference Toss

🕷 Students listen to the description on a task card and toss their toy as soon as they have made an inference about what it is.
🕷 If their Halloween item lands on the answer, it stays there.
🕷 If no one lands on the correct answer, the card goes back in the deck to try again and the students remove their incorrectly tossed  Halloween toys.
🕷 Play continues until the first student has 3 in a row.
🕷 If time runs out, the student with the most items on the game boards wins.

Build skills from vocabulary and word associations through riddles and inferences this Halloween!
Use Your Language

🕷 Students toss first and then correctly define, describe, or use the vocabulary word in a sentence in order to keep their Halloween item in the game.

Halloween  ‘Bump’

🕷 Each student needs their own color/type of Halloween tossable toy.
🕷 Students provide a correct response for whatever they are currently working on before tossing.
🕷 All tossed Halloween items stay wherever they land unless someone’s Halloween item lands on top of them.
🕷 Then the first Halloween item in the space gets bumped back to the student. The first person to get the designated number in a row wins.

Fun plastic Halloween toys to toss keep even your older students engaged! Fun game ideas from Looks Like Language.

Rapid Naming Race

Use plastic containers to lay 3D Halloween toss!
Students start their Halloween toy in a 
corner of the board and have to move across the rows (or up and down the columns) 
to get to the other side to win.

Individualize what students are naming dependent upon their goals.

Ideas include:
🕷 Name the item and 2 things that go with it.
🕷 Tell 3 words that describe the pictured item.
🕷 Name 4 things that the Halloween item is used for/can do.
🕷 Name 2 rhyming words for that item.
🕷 Use it in a sentence to answer this question.

Students have 15 seconds to provide the answer correctly and move to that pictured space.
If they don’t respond correctly, it is the next students’ turn.
If someone else lands on your Halloween game marker, they have to go back one space.
The first student to get to the opposite side of where they started is the winner.

Make it easy to differentiate for mixed groups this Halloween!
   Halloween Task Cards Play

    🕷 Each student gets their own Halloween picture compartment board.
     🕷 The desired set of task cards, whether WH question cards, riddles, inferences or quotes gets placed in front of each player.
     🕷 Students take turns reading a card and covering the picture if they are correct.
     🕷 If incorrect, the task card goes back on the bottom of the pile to replay.
     🕷 The first student to fill their game board wins.

Using task cards with a fun game makes it easy to individualize to your students' needs. You can have students responding to completely different kinds of work while they all feel that they are doing the same thing since the activity is shared. The pictured Halloween bingo task card sets make this so easy to do. Just click to check out all of the engaging activities one packet lets you do!

Do you know the best thing about these jazzing up bingo ideas? They can get used for any holiday as long as you have pictures and fun little toys to toss. Or use them at any time with springy little balls!


Tips for Using Books with Students Who Don't Read

Books! Most of our students will say that they don’t read and that they don’t like books, but they need this exposure, believe me! Reading (and listening to books) builds vocabulary, linguistic structure, and knowledge of story plot elements. 

It is  important for SLPS to support development of literacy skills.

There are so many books to use in therapy for young children.
It is easy to make mixed groups work is by centering therapy around a great book. In preschool, it was easy to find a book that coordinated with the theme (usually seasonal) that the teacher was using in the classroom. 

As students get older, it is not quite as easy. When I’ve tried using classroom books, there was too much my students didn’t understand and the pace was too fast for therapy twice a week to keep up with the plot.

Then I tried using books by Chris Van Allsburg and my students loved them - even my middle schoolers who struggled with curriculum! The plot is in-depth enough to address multiple goals, the books are short enough to do in a few sessions, and the pictures are fantastic! They are beautifully drawn and not babyish, so the books can work for older kids.

Getting Started with a New Book

Tips for how to address varied goals using literacy activities.

👀 Read through the book and figure out where to take breaks.

👀 With simple sequential narratives and younger attention spans, that is the beginning, middle, and end of the story plot.

👀 Divide longer books into complete episodes, if it is possible. 

👀 Use sticky notes to remember where to take breaks and the kind of speech/language goals that can be elicited at that point.

For older students, look for:

👀 Interesting pictures, art or photographs that give clues to the plot without ‘giving it away.’

👀 Stories that have multiple plot episodes to keep your students engaged while still being able to finish an episode in each session.

👀 Stories which provide background knowledge and vocabulary that supports classroom topics or themes.

Use an Organizer

Organizers are great tools for literacy skills.

Start with your most mixed group, or most behaviorally difficult group, and fill in an organizer with the group goals and the targets that you can elicit at that point in the story. 

You can use my free story organizer or fill in the needed information on any organizer your students will fill out after the book is done.

Write a set of questions on a sticky note for asking at various points while reading. This keeps each student participating at short intervals of the story. 

This helpful strategy keeps students with short attention spans, poor working memory, or processing problems engaged. (It is also great for tired SLP overload and memory issues!)

Then add in any other goals or student needs you want to have prepared. 

Tips for Eliciting Goals

Articulation goals

These are the easiest!

👀 Just identify the words, phrases or sentences in each section that you want your student to read aloud.
👀 If there aren’t enough, make a question list that will elicit those words.

👀 Or challenge your students with a homework assignment where they have to find and pronounce the words with their sounds in a story passage.

Story question goals

👀 Have you tried using story grammar? My students showed great success when questions were paired with story grammar symbols. The visual cues helped reduce processing time and enabled students to look back in the text for the requested information.
👀 Try placing the question words or a story element on a popsicle stick for your students to pick out of a can and answer when the story is done.

Occasionally put in one sticky note that has something fun, like 2 free minutes on the computer or a no homework pass, and your students will always want to finish the activity

Grammar goals

Eliciting target structures in sentences is easily achieved.

Have your students:
👀 tell what just happened with correct sentences.
👀 describe the story pictures.

👀 ask a peer a question.

Receptive / expressive language goals

Pause at sections for students to:

👀 sequence the events so far.
👀 retell the story.
👀 summarize the last episode.
👀 tell how a character feels.
👀 infer what they could be thinking at this point.

👀 make a prediction about what will happen next.

For goals that are difficult to target during a story:

👀 Address them in a follow-up activity at the end of the session
👀 Use games as the cohesive element on some therapy days.
👀 Figure out ways to pair up student goals in activities for a smoother flow.

Managing the needs of mixed groups in therapy is a common SLP concern.

Have you found a great way to use books to organize mixed groups in speech/language therapy?

Exciting News at Looks Like Language!

Do you ever feel like the list of things you need to do is unmanageable? And then, how happy and relieved do you feel when you accomplish something on that list?

Then, celebrate with me!

First, I am so excited to have my Speech and Language Activities: Roll It, Say It, Write It! featured in the TpT newsletter! You can get it here.

Check out the new Boom Cards internet no prep, no print activities at Looks Like Language!
Next, I have been thinking for a long time about how I could make some no prep, no print materials that  are interactive, fun and easy to use (and also did not require me to jump through hoops to learn a complicated technology.)

I’m thrilled to have found a solution!  I am starting to incorporate quick and easy Boom Learning card sets into my printable sets, so you can have the best of both worlds! I just hope that you are as excited as I am when you try out my free and preview sets. My sets let your students drag the right answers on the page, and give them another chance if they make a mistake. So fun!

Give BOOM Cards a try!

Get your free no print, no prep internet activity set for mixed groups at Looks Like Language now!
Kids are sure to have fun with this interactive car themed activity that incorporates words with ’R’ sounds for articulation practice, WH questions and categories. Get the answer right to power up your car!

Download it here.

You can also try out free trials of paid activities to see if they are right for you.

Get your free trial and spread a little kindness! Looks Like Language!
How about spreading some kindness? There are two levels that coordinate with my matching printable set.

Acts of kindness is a picture level set for students to find the kind action and drag it to their kindness plate to fill it up with some yummy cupcakes.

Get a free trial of interactive learning for emotions vocabulary at Looks Like Language!
Working on vocabulary for emotions and character traits to help your students discuss kind and unkind actions? Try the free trial of Vocabulary for Acts of Kindness (requires some reading.)

After you’ve given them a try, I’d love for you to provide feedback at my store as a thank you!

Enjoy! Linda
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