Wednesday, July 22, 2015

{FREEBIE} No Prep Dot Companion Pack for "Duck & Goose Go to the Beach!"

Time for another freebie!  I don't know about you, but I have limited time to prep materials throughout my day, which is why I love black and white activities!  At the end of the year, I got a bunch of dot markers, so I decided to combine my love of no prep activities and dot markers and made this freebie for you which is part of a series of no prep dot companion packs!

This activity includes:

a describing with attributes page,

a comparing and contrasting sheet, 

two vocabulary pages - one where students must match vocabulary words to their definitions, 

 as well as a homework page where students can write sentences with the vocabulary words,

antonym (and synonym) match worksheets, 

homework sheets for antonyms and synonyms, 

and a set of comprehension questions!

You can find this no prep (just print!) activity at my TpT store!

If you're looking for a similar no prep activity for back to school, check out 'No Prep Dot Companion Pack for "First Day, Hooray!"'  This product targets describing with attributes, comparing and contrasting, vocabulary, antonyms, synonyms, regular past tense verbs, irregular past tense verbs, comprehension questions, subjective pronouns, and inferencing questions!

Friday, July 17, 2015

{Review} ColorCards

Today, I have some great Therapy Box apps to share with you!  These include Everyday Objects, What Can You See?, Basic Sequences, Sequences 4-Step, and Sequences 6 & 8-Step!

With all of the apps, setting up your participants is really easy.  Just add the person's name or use the app as a guest.  (Personally, I like being able to add individual students, as the apps collect data for you!)

First up is Everyday Objects.  This app includes 48 different picture cards, but you can also add your own pictures, which is AWESOME!

The app encourages users to describe various objects, but that app could just be used for naming objects as well.

The "reveal" part of the app shows small parts of an item at a time.

Each of the apps (including the ones below) keeps data for you.  I love that it shows the individual items that were correct, incorrect, and those that students needed assistance with.  This helps me know what students need more practice with!

Everyday Objects is only $1.99 and you can find it HERE!

What Can You See? is a fun guessing game that slowly reveals parts of an image, so that students can guess what they see!

This app includes 30 images, but as with the other apps, you can add your own pictures to personalize the activities!

What Can You See? is only $1.99 as well and you can find it HERE!

Basic Sequences includes sixteen 3-part sequences!  You can also personalize the app by adding your own sequences as well!  Simply drag the steps into the correct spots to put them in the correct order.

When each individual step is in the correct order, it lights up green.  In my experience, this is a great part of the app because it helps students to understand where they went wrong and to leave the correct steps in the right places.

Also included in all of these sequencing apps are prediction cards.  I LOVE this feature!  What a great way to get students thinking about the next logical step in the sequence!

There are also basic "what is happening"? cards which lend themselves well to labeling activies and/or working on grammar skills, including, but not limited to:

- pronouns (subjective, objective, possessive)
- third person singular verbs
- present progressive verbs
- auxiliary verbs

You can find this cool app HERE!

Sequences: 4-Step includes 12 four-step activities and includes the same prediction and "what is happening?" components as the basic sequences app.  This app is also only $1.99 and you can find it HERE!

Sequences: 6 & 8-Step includes 48 images, as well as the predicting and "what is happening?" parts of the app.  Once again, this app is only $1.99 and you can find it HERE!

What I really like about these apps:
- They're simple, easy to use, and concepts that I address on a daily basis.
- You can customize them, which is awesome for students who need extra practice in certain areas.
- I love that the sequencing apps can also be used for predicting additional steps.  (And they can also be used to infer information as well.)

What I'd like to see in an update:
- When describing the everyday objects, I'd love to have picture and/or word cues in order to help students describe the object.  For example, "what color is it", "what can you do with it", "where might you find it", etc.
- You have to go through all of the pictures/sequences in order to get data for a student, but I wish there was a way to get data even if you don't use all of the pictures.  (You can, however, adjust the amount of cards that you use before starting the activity.)

But wait, there's more!  Want to win a copy of one of these apps?!  Just enter the giveaway below!  Five lucky winners will each receive one of the apps reviewed above!

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Disclaimer: These apps were given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

{Review} A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

Today I'm sharing a review of a speech and language companion for the book, A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Scarlett over at Speech is Sweet!  I love working with books during speech and language sessions because I can target so many different goal areas at the same time and this packet by Scarlett definitely made things so much easier and saved me LOTS of time during those last few {extremely busy} weeks of the school year!  Let's check it out...

 Comprehension... I think a good 75% of my language students have some goal related to comprehension and story retelling.  There are 18 comprehension questions in the pack and another sheet that turns the activity into a fun game!  (And let's face it - the graphics are so cute!)

Then, there are 18 riddle cards that can also double as an attribute activity.  Each card includes a few descriptions of an item related to camping.  And again, another sheet that turns the activity into a game!  

Next are 18 pronoun cards.  Students draw a card and complete the sentence with the appropriate pronoun and BONUS, if a student draws a lantern card, they get an extra turn!

There are also 30 rhyming cards, six cards in each "family."

I'm all about these super easy black and white sheets lately.  All I have to do is print them and they're immediately ready to use.  Students simply cut out the supplies, read the preposition that is listed under the item and then put it in the correct place in the picture.  This was a great way for me to see how my students were doing with a mix of language concepts.

Last, but not least, there are artic worksheets for the phonemes /k/ and /f/.  Students say each word (I love the picture cues, by the way!) 10 times, color the items, cut out the words, and glue them around the camp fire.

This is a great product by Scarlett!  It covers so many goal areas and was fantastic for my caseload!  I love the mix of color flashcards and black and white worksheets too!

You can find this awesome product HERE!  I highly recommend it!