Product Feature: The Mitten Speech-Language Activities

It’s now the third week of 2016 and it’s been a great, yet busy start of the year. The artic blast is in full effect here in Atlanta which makes for great winter story telling in speech-language therapy sessions. Here’s a snapshot of a few winter themed selections that I’m using in my speech language room this year. 

The Mitten, by Jan Brett, is one of my favorite stories to read aloud at this time of year. I recently created a speech-language activity pack with 5 extension activities to accompany this book. My students enjoyed the book as well as comprehension and vocabulary activities last week. 
This speech-language activities pack is geared towards improving the language comprehension, vocabulary, and speech articulation skills of children in 2nd-5th grade. The activities should be used after an SLP read aloud of the text. Select the activities that best correspond with the learning needs of children on your speech-language therapy caseload. The Mitten has an “accelerated reading” level of approximately 3.9, but may be used with students in 2nd-5th grade. 
Today I used my articulation word list while a student played my Winter Land Game in a group session. The student had her own copy while I provided auditory bombardment with verbal model of correct pronunciation. She had plenty of speech articulation practice with mixed /r/ words. Here’s a snapshot of a completed checklist. 

In this unit, you will receive:
1) WH questions worksheet with a field of 4 choices (text only)
2) 2 synonyms worksheets with 2 levels of terms and word bank
3) 2 antonyms worksheets with 2 levels of terms and word bank
4) 3 tier 2 vocabulary worksheets with words used in sentences; students write definitions based on context clues
5) 1 articulation worksheet with 5 wordlists for /s/, /sh/, /s/ blends, /r/, and /r/ blends
Here’s a snapshot of a few more winter themed books that I love reading aloud to my students. 
You can read more about my favorite winter themed selections here. Make sure that you get the digital download for The Mitten Speech-Language Activities in my TPT curriculum store
Thanks for reading my blog today! 
Tamara Anderson

Winter Land: English/Language Arts Activities

Hello there. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a nice weekend and was able to spend time with my precious niece that was born last Monday. I also had time to finalize my newest speech-language therapy/educational resource: Winter Land: English/Language Arts (ELA)Activities that is available in my TPT online store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-Land-EnglishLanguage-Arts-Activities-1057356

There are three activities included in this packet. First, there is a Winter Land Game Board that students can play by taking turns answering speech, language, and academic related questions. My students enjoyed playing this last week with the included categorization cards. 
 

There are two levels of English/Language Arts vocabulary categorization cards included in this activity. The first is the basic level that targets Tier I or everyday vocabulary words. The second is Tier III or ELA curriculum specific vocabulary words that students are required to learn in elementary school such as types of sentences, parts of speech, and types of literature. There are a total of 32 vocabulary questions cards included. 

The first level targets questions for students in grades K-2 and the second level targets questions primarily for students in grades 3-5. However, I also suggest using the Tier I words with upper grades students as a warm up activity to help them recall the skill of categorization. Then, they can work on learning how to name vocabulary words in the Tier III categories.

The Winter Land Game Board may be used with my other TPT products such as: Winter Word Associations and English/Language Arts Common Core Standards Vocabulary. 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week. 
Tamara Anderson, Ed.S., CCC-SLP

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. 
Here is a preview:

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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