Winter Word Associations

I cannot believe that December 2013 is already here. I still remember celebrating on New Year’s Eve and beginning my year quest of writing down experiences that I am grateful for. I have slacked off on recording those lately though and need to write down a few more things!  

Anyhow, back to speech-language therapy updates! By now you should know that I enjoy creating word association activities for each season. Therefore, I made a new vocabulary activity, Winter Word Associations that is available for purchase in my online TPT store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Word-Associations-1005333
I always observe in my speech-language therapy sessions that no matter the grade or age of the student, I can gather information about my students’ vocabulary knowledge and word finding skills. It amazes me sometimes how much students with language impairments have difficulty thinking of and expressing more than one related word. Of course, once I give them a few examples, some of my students with milder language impairments catch on quickly. 
Today, I had one of my 4th grade language groups also write down the related words for the 1st 12 words included in this activity. For some students, the act of writing down the information positively influences their level of comprehension of the task. I am also able to see how some of my students with language based learning disabilities struggle immensely with spelling which slows down their ability to initiate and complete work without assistance. 
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The words included in this vocabulary learning resource may be used for a variety of extension activities. For example, students may verbally express sentences with the words, write sentences with the terms, write a fiction/non-fiction paragraph or perhaps even a longer story with as many of the provided words. There are numerous options to use this Winter Word Associations vocabulary activity. 
Today, I also used it with a kindergarten student who has a severe speech fluency disorder. He worked on describing the pictures using his fluency strategies. I modeled for him how to use as much descriptive language in his sentences. He did a great job using his slow and easy speech, cancellations, etc. as needed. 
Today and Tomorrow all items in my online store are discounted 20 %  off for the cyber Monday and Tuesday sale so make sure you check it out and stock up on speech-language resources to add to your therapy collection.  
Have a great week, 
Tamara Anderson
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