Monday, February 23, 2015

Kites Activity Pack; Big TPT sale

Last week, I posted a free printable book on kites.  This week, there's even more. This is a Kites Activity pack on Teachers Pay Teachers and the good news is that the modest price is even lower on February 25th thanks to my store wide sale of 20% off and a TPT wide sale (type HEROES as the promo code). All of my items are on sale that day, so check them out!

My new unit is a 44 page activity pack centered around the theme of ‘Kites’.
 This pack meant for the more linguistically challenged students and is perfect
for Speech/EC /OT collaboration.   I do also use these materials with younger regular education children.
This is nice for integrating literacy and hand-on activities.
Enclosed is:
10 page interactive book entitled ‘What Can Fly?’  with simple text (page 3-12)
Icons for matching the pictures in ‘What Can Fly?’ along with simple sentence strip (page 13)
Sorting worksheet activity (things that fly/things that go in water) (page 14)
3 pages of questions with visual multiple choice questions to go along with ‘What Can Fly?’ (15-17)
12 page interactive book “Where is the kite flying?” (pages 18-29)
Page of icons and a sentence strip for “Where is the kite flying?” (page 30)
K is for Kite—craft with step by step directions.  No need for fancy materials. (31-39)
K is for Kite sequencing worksheet and simple comprehension questions for the craft activity (40-41)
5 pages of Springtime Prepositions Bingo---3 game boards, 1 board to cut into calling cards, and directions (42-46)
 If you want other ideas of what you can get from a group of talented speech pathologists, check out Speech Room News where she is throwing a linky party!
 As usual, if you are a starving CF, email me at if you feel this is a must have, but you can't afford it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dress your Pets! Do Dogs Like Scarves? Free printable book and icons

When my girls were little, they loved to dress up the cat and Beanie Babies. (We never had a dog.)
I've discovered that lots of people like to do the same thing!   I'm not sure how the animals feel about it though--a quick check on Flickr showed a mixture of puppy enthusiasm, annoyance, anger, and controlled tolerance.  Here's a free book with icons to use with your kids.

Originally, since we are still in the throes of winter, I was just going to do a book on scarves.  I've added dogs to the mix with all of their feelings.  Here's an amusing, free printable.  A page of icons and sentence strips is at the end.  You can print all of this out, and have the kids match, answer questions, laugh, and predict how each dog is feeling about their scarf.  Bring in some scarves and have your students request, try them on, and describe themselves!  Scroll down here to get the download link.  

   The original book I created is on Tarheel Reader.  



The picture on the right is my personal favorite.

For a fun time with your students, go here
to print out this free book.
Smarty Symbols


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day materials---adapted books, bingo, great for SLP/EC collaboration

Happy Snow Day North Carolina style (we have an inch--school is cancelled)!  I debated all morning as I sat around in my pajamas---should I post about Kites---or St. Patrick's Day?

Given that the entire Northeast and now South is encased in ice and snow, I just couldn't see a kite festival in the near future. 

St. Patrick's Day is a lot of fun and lends itself nicely to adapted books, games, and crafts.
I do have one free item on the blog----an interactive book "Clovers for me and you". 

I also have St. Patrick's Day bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers.  This is most likely for the more linguistically challenged children, although I've used it with the younger set in regular education to work on reading, following directions, and prepositions. The price is modest.

Enclosed is:
-13 page interactive book entitled ‘Shamrocks Everywhere’ with simple text and icons for matching. A sentence strip is also included.
-Printable shamrocks for a hiding/following direction activity.
-11 page book with icons and sentence strip entitled “What is Green?”
-A red/green sorting worksheet
-St. Patrick’s Day Preposition Bingo (5 pages)

Images are from (public domain) and from Smarty Symbols (commercial license).

Go here to view St Patrick's Day Bundle in my store.  Preview is available there.

If you are a starving CF, or otherwise financially strapped, email me ( , and I'll send this to you no charge.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Go Fish! Card decks for articulation therapy

In my room, I have a commercial set of articulation cards that are perfect for playing Go Fish. My kids love the game, but this set doesn't have the sound targeted the way I want.

So I made my own.

I made them so that they are the size of regular playing cards.  I don't know about you, but in my house, I have sets of cards, often missing a card or two.  I made my Go Fish cards the same size as regular playing cards and simply glued mine onto the regular cards and laminated. It didn't take long, and they are super durable. 

Now my kids can play 'Go Fish', and I didn't have to pay a fortune for more Articulation Cards.  Although my school system is wealthy by North Carolina standards, we don't have an instructional budget.  They let us use a nice color printer, though, so here I go!

If you don't know the rules for Go Fish, here they are.  It's easy for the kids.

 Standard Go Fish game--- The dealer deals 5 cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down in a pile in the middle of the table.
One player starts. A turn consists of asking another player for a specific card to match one in his hand. For example, if it is my turn I might say: 'Mary, Do you have ‘car'? The player who asks must already hold the matching card. If the player who was asked (Mary) has ‘car’, then she must give it to the person who asked. That player then gets another turn and may again ask any player for any card already held by the asker.

If the person asked does not have the card asked for, she says 'Go fish!'. The asker must then draw the top card of the pile.
As soon as a player collects a match, this can be discarded face up. I often have the kids then use the word on the matched card in a sentence.

The game continues until either someone has no cards left in their hand or the pile runs out. The winner is the player who then has the most matches. (I don’t stress the winning or losing part.)

 I like this game for my kids because they automatically have to put the word into a question, and then once the cards are played, we can go back and review, or I can have them use the words in a sentence they make up.  They are motivated to play, and it's great for all ages.  I'm sure there are other uses for the cards.  I just like this game.

I have these made now for Initial R, Vocalic R, and the two sets bundled together.
I also have a K set, a G set, and a bundle of K and G.

If you are a starving CF and want these donated to you, let me know.  Otherwise, the price is modest.

I'm doing a snow dance for Tuesday.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Get Ready for March-- with this free kites book

There is a lot of sadness in Chapel Hill right now. 

The part of my day which is still happy though is when I work with the kids, who are blissfully unaware of thoughtless, maniacal violence.  So, in honor of the kids, I'm posting a free book of kite flying.   I used to have a similar kites book up on the blog, but took it down to change out the images.  You may notice with this book that the photographer is credited on every picture.  This is because I downloaded these from a wonderful website---Photos for Class.  For me it's a dream come true---I want to use images legally and I want to give credit where credit is due.  This site takes care of that for those materials I give away free for students and teachers to use in a school.

Here's the book.  Icons for making it interactive are on the last page.  A sentence strip is also there, for kids who need that structure when reading each page.

I used SmartySymbols for this book since I have a commercial license.  It's a nice alternative to what I was using before.  


Mary Poppins scene "Let's Go Fly a Kite".  Do you ever fly kites with your students?


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Whole Body Listening---Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies

Today was the last lesson/discussion on whole body listening, and we ended with a video to illustrate the importance of listening to directions, without relying so much on routine and past activities.  My group of third, fourth, and fifth graders totally loved this.  I guess Sesame Street appeals to kids of all ages.

To illustrate the importance of listening to exact directions, the students then took part in a barrier game.
One student stood at the board with markers, while the other students described a simple picture of geometric shapes he had to draw. (An example would be "Draw two green circles. Draw a 2 in the second circle.") This was nice for both the expressive piece, and for the students to all see how the student at the board really had to listen and ask clarification questions if needed.

I love my group, and we have all made great connections over the year.  We share our news at the end of every session, and they enjoy asking me questions about what's happening with me, and they ask questions to each other about their life events.


Monday, February 9, 2015


David and I have our spring break tickets, and this year it's Lisbon!  I'm sure we will be posting a few pictures at the end of March here.