Thursday, May 14, 2015

Verbs of Summer--Free Printable Interactive book

I'm on cloud nine!!! Bursting with anticipation!

My daughter in the Peace Corps will be coming back from the beautiful country of Indonesia after 27 months on June 12!
Time has gone by!  We are so proud of her.

To help pass the time I'm spending waiting for her, I've put together a book that is timely for all of you---Verbs of Summer.

The language is simple; pictures are from Photos for Class.
Clip art is from Smarty Symbols, which is copyrighted, so don't share them.  I do pay a subscription fee to use them in my materials.  If you like them, you should subscribe too!  They are awesome!

Here are some screenshots from the book.

I need to do this 'relaxing thing' pictured in the photo!

Click here to download this book.

icons to make the book interactive

Have fun!   What are you planning on doing this summer?


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Opposites Bingo and an Interactive Opposites Book

A while back, I posted an Opposites Bingo game.  You can still get it free HERE if you have Boardmaker.

If you do not have access to Boardmaker, here is an updated pdf version with Smarty Symbols, along with an interactive book, "Opposites Attract".  It's better than the Boardmaker version.
This is for a modest price, but that helps cover the expense of paying for the commercial license for Smarty Symbols (worth every penny, though.  I love that symbol set!)

 Kids need to make associations and connections or they won't learn new vocabulary.  Opposites, synonyms, categories, features, functions----they all need taught.This focuses on opposites, for now.

Go HERE for the updated pdf version of Opposites Fun!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

There's a Shark in the Park! Companion Pack to a great book teaching joint attention, part/whole, and 'all abouts'

I hope the title grabbed your attention!

Some of my kiddos have difficulties in that area; joint attention, that is, not sharks or parks.  This book, Shark in the Park, is perfect as a springboard into teaching kids to follow eye gaze of another (thinking with your eyes).  A kid can't really do whole body listening if he can't use his eyes to see what others are looking at and thinking about.

Do not buy the Shark in the Park book by Phil Cox. It's a completely different book.  It might be a fine read, but doesn't go with my materials. Look for the book by Nick Sharratt. 

Here's a video of this book read aloud. You can get the gist of this cute book after the first couple of pages.  I love it because the kids have to make predictions and learn repeatable lines. It's a funny book, very entertaining to both children and adults. The language is clear, illustrations are adorable, and there's a fun twist at the end.   All my kids have enthusiastically embraced "Shark in the Park"!

I've developed a companion pack to go with this book.  There are several teaching points here which I can explain.

a. Joint attention and following another person's eyegaze: A telescope lends itself to this.  In my materials, I have a simple step-by-step craft for making a telescope.  A few kids and I have had fun guessing what each of us is looking at, then retrieving the items. One of the teachers I work with does this with her whole EC class.  It's a great activity to reinforce joint attention!  The guy in the picture below is my significant other, by the way......forced into this. Now he's famous.

b. Part vs Whole:  This is a common core curriculum concept.  When you look through a telescope, you naturally see part of something.  I have a companion book here which looks at parts of things, and then whole things.

c. 'All About' Books:  A sample "All about Sharks" book is included, along with a blank graphic organizer.  Use this organizer to fill out with the kids about another animal.  Those kids that write can use this to write their own "All About" book about a different animal.

As you can see, you can use this book on multiple levels.  The whole book rhymes, too.  I didn't add this as an activity but as I read the book, I do ask kids to identify the words that rhyme and generate more words.

Have fun!

You can get this packet here on TPT. 

As usual, if you are a starving CF, email me.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What's in your Cart? Teacher Appreciation Sale

I'm still a novice with my little Teachers Pay Teachers store, but so far, I've loved being involved with this dynamic group of speech pathologists who sell their wonderful products.  Here's the big news---Tuesday and Wednesday, TPT is throwing a sale.  You will get 20% off everything in my store (Chapel Hill Snippets) and if you type 'Thank You' into the promo code place, TPT will give you additional savings! 

Although everything in my store will be on sale, I thought if you need a last minute Mother's Day idea for a literacy activity, check out this!  This is a companion pack to the classic "Are you my Mother?" book.

  There are several good products that I've had my eye on that SLPs have put countless hours in preparing.  One I really want is by Teaching Talking entitled Bundle of Themed Craftivities.

One other super product that I'd love is Jenna Rayburn's Summer Preschool Speech and Language Packet: Learning Through Play.  Looks terrific to me especially since I work all summer!

Check out the link up at Speech Room News for more great products.  She's wonderful to host this once again.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Verbs, Verbs, Verbs (printable interactive books collection)-----Repost of past materials free

 Happy May!  Things are looking a bit lush here in North Carolina!   Our school is gearing up for the annual standardized testing ritual.  No one enjoys it much, or at all.

This is a repost, actually a combo of Verbs materials.  The first is just to remind everyone about my 'Verbs of Spring' interactive book.  The bottom half of this post is a repost from 2013 which highlights all the animal verbs interactive books.  You need verbs to communicate!  These books have them.

 Click here to go to "Verbs of Spring"

------------------------------------------below is a repost from 2013-----------------------------

I like to make interactive books.   The reason for making my own, or adapting the ones I find, is simple---the leveled readers in our school book room simply aren't designed to teach language.  Vocabulary is often not controlled, and the syntax structures become too complex early on.  The school's books are designed for typical language learners who need to learn to read.  My adapted books are designed for kids, who may be able to 'word call' a bit, but need to learn sentence structure and vocabulary.

One little problem with this blog is that I've uploaded things and written blog posts randomly--one day I'll write about an app I like, the next day I'll blog about an adapted book, while the third day, I'll post about a member of my family.  This randomness will continue, but this blog entry is to cluster a few postings.

 This page is to highlight the adapted books on my blog that illustrate verbs.  Each blog post has a free book to download.  In addition, Boardmaker icons are included with each so you can adapt your own books--use velcro, laminate pages, bind them, and keep the books for your own collections--or don't laminate and velcro (it depends upon what you have available---some of you readers are don't have the resources I'm lucky to have.)  Use stuffed animals for the kids to act the verbs out.  Compare and contrast, count, comment, laugh---my kids really love these books!  Language and reading should have a 'fun' component.

Chimps + verbs---go here for the blog post

Dolphins + verbs--go here for the blog post

Pandas + verbs --go here for the blog post

Cats + Verbs--go here for the blog post

Dogs + Verbs--go here for the blog post

Horses + Verbs --go here for the blog post

Pronouns + Verbs---Go here for the blog post


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Updated Feelings Book---Free

PDF (Smarty Symbols)
 Hi friends,  I have updated this book somewhat.  The Boardmaker version is left 'as is', but you need Boardmaker to use it.  The pdf version is now in Smarty Symbols, and free to download for your own use. (I pay for a commercial license, so you can not use the symbols for your own products.)  This Smarty Symbol version also doesn't have any valentine images, so it's good to use all year long! 

Boardmaker version (you need the disk)
There is so much stuff out there for Valentine's Day, it's hard to narrow down possible activities to the few you can actually do with the kids.  I try to narrow things down, so that the focus of the activity is centered around IEP goals, and not on a super cute product.

One goal which is ongoing is for the children to identify and talk about feelings.  The goal should go beyond merely identifying facial expressions, but for the child to tell others what makes him feel certain ways.  The reasons are different for every child.  I found a nice little activity on Boardmaker Share that I was able to convert to a simple book.  Although there are only three feelings identified in this book, if you have Boardmaker, this is easily expandable to include other feelings.  The icons for examples of why they feel certain ways can also be changed to fit the specific environment of the children you work with.

Click here to Download the Feelings Book for Valentine's Day in Boardmaker
       If you have Boardmaker, it's your lucky day because you can expand on this with extra feelings, and change out some of the icons.

Click here to Download the Feelings Book in pdf

Have fun with this!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tin Eye---Trace images on the web

I've been cleaning up the blog lately---deleting images that aren't public domain, using my own pictures more, using a paid subscription for my interactive books, paying my daughter to draw clip art, or just refraining from using images if I'm not sure I can.  This has been a big job, but I'm resting easier at night knowing that I'm not violating copyright laws. 

One website I've been using to trace images has been  From it's website, "TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version." 

Just this evening, I looked back at an old post I had written, with a picture of a half empty glass.  I looked up that image with TinEye, and saw that this was actually not for free public use.  That picture was deleted instantly!   A public domain image replaced it quickly.  My blinders are off, and I'm careful about what I'm doing, more and more each day.

Even images that are reportedly public domain are traced by me on TinEye before I post, and those are few.