Spring Into Literacy {Teaching Compare & Contrast}

I absolutely LOVE integrating literacy activities in my speech-language therapy sessions! There are so many skills that you can target while using fiction and non-fiction text. 

Recently, I decided to use the 2 books pictured above, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!  and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  to target teaching my lower grade elementary students the concept of compare & contrast. For them, I introduced the skill as explaining similarities and differences. During one session, I read aloud one of the stories and we talked about the sequence of events. Then we briefly talked about how that book was similar to others we read earlier in the year. For an extension activity, my students completed this book with assistance. 

Then another session, I read aloud the book, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog! Then we talked about how that book was similar and different to the one that I read last session. Then they made their book. 

I used non-fiction text to teach my 4th and 5th grade language therapy students the skill of compare and contrast. Over several sessions, I read aloud passages from my Historical Irish American unit. Then my students selected 2 people to write down on their Venn Diagram such as Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy and Henry Ford. I modeled for them how to find similarities and differences from the text and then write them down in the correct part of the diagram. Lastly, they took turns verbally comparing and contrasting what they learned. This is a great activity for students to practice synthesizing what they have learned. 

Here is a picture of 2 completed Venn Diagram for this unit.

You can purchase your copy of the Historical Irish Americans unit in my TPT store so you can teach this skill to your speech-language therapy or language arts students. Click here for direct access to the digital download of this product! 

Thanks for reading the blog today!

Tamara Anderson

Spring Time Speech-Language Activities

Spring is finally here and I am thrilled because it is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Although today is a rainy day in Atlanta, I actually don’t mind it because that means my garden will look beautiful very soon! Plus, aside from going to church this morning, I had a nice day at home.  

Guess What? There are only 38 school days left for the year in my district! It is definitely full speed ahead with therapy sessions, eligibility meetings, IEP meetings, and a few re-evaluation meetings remaining. I want to share with you my therapy intervention recommendations that will carry you through the spring! Click on the pictures to go directly to the product links in my TPT store.

First, I have a freebie that I created back in 2013 to address word associations. This is an essential part of language processing. The photos are from my own flower garden. I got my green thumb from my grandmother and mom! 🙂

Next, I have my best selling 2nd-5th grade English/Language Arts Common Core Standards vocabulary task cards. These include a variety of skills that SLPs address in language therapy that directly relate to the standards. This is a great way to review a variety of E/LA skills with your students.  I have a bundle that is ideal for use during basketball season this spring because it has a bonus basketball game included! 

My Historical Irish Americans unit is perfect to use with 4th-8th grade students receiving speech-language therapy services or special education services for reading. This packet addresses comprehension, identifying the meanings of Tier 2 vocabulary from sentence contexts, compare/contrast, and word associations. This is the 2nd in my series of Historical American Figures. 
My newest series of Guess What? Curriculum Vocabulary Products are great for language intervention sessions with children in 3rd-6th grade. It is important that SLPs provide educationally relevant therapy and these resources do that because they are interactive games for kids to practice Tier III English/Language Arts terms. 

The SLP Lingo & Test Prep Vocabulary is my 4th in the series that will be available this week! I’ll keep you posted. 

These are my recommendations to equip you with successfully leading therapy sessions and instruction with children. I wish your students and clients continued speech, language, and academic success!!

Tamara Anderson

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