Friday, March 6, 2015

"Hatching from Eggs" --free printable to enrich your Egg Dying Experience

I was led to an awesome website by my colleague, Ashley.  It's called Dynamic Learning Maps and one of the pages is entitled "Exemplar Text Supports". 

Here's the webpage introductory sentences:
     "One of the challenges in providing students with the most significant disabilities with access to the general curriculum is finding materials that link directly to the grade level content, but are written at a level that is accessible. As part of the DLM™ project we have been building a library of companion texts that go with the exemplar texts called out in the Appendix of the Common Core State Standards."

If that sounds dry, the actual site is not.  Let's say you have a kid that needs companion texts to go with common children's literature such as 'Are you My Mother?'.  This site has lists of books pulled from Tarheel Reader that are companion texts in simple language to various  books at the designated grade level.  I've focused on the younger grades due to my caseload, but if you have high school students, there is a library of companion texts there waiting for you!

Since Easter is coming up, I thought it would be cool to share one of these companion texts with you with the simple adaptions I made.  The simple title on Tarheel Reader was 'Eggs', so I downloaded it, added icons and a sentence strip, and also added a link that connects to YouTube videos of eggs hatching.  I also changed a few of the pictures and added some additional animals that hatch.  I think that if you are dying eggs with your students, you can easily take a little time using this book to talk about eggs from a more scientific aspect.   Download link is at the bottom of this page.

 My kids will love this book, especially the dinosaur picture.  They'll learn a bit too!  As a teacher or SLP, you may need to look up other animals that hatch from eggs (alligators, ostrich, shark, fish.......)   The link with the egg hatching videos will be awesome on a Smartboard if you have access to one, or on a laptop screen.

Have fun with this!  Click here to download the book.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick Activity/Companion Pack

I love this season with my kids and really enjoy books, dying eggs, and just being excited about spring!

This is an activity pack for the Easter season and includes a few pages (6 PAGES OUT OF 46 ) to go specifically with ‘There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Chick’ while the remainder of the activities are for the Easter season. This pack meant for the more linguistically challenged students and is perfect for speech/OT or speech/special ed collaboration. This is nice for integrating literacy and hand-on activities.
Enclosed is:
12 page interactive book entitled ‘Chicks Everywhere’ with simple text and icons  and sentence strip.  Pages 3-17
10 page step by step booklet for dying eggs.  Communication board is included.(pages 19-29)
Yes/No and Wh-questions to go with the egg dying activity (page 30)
Sequence worksheet for egg dying. (page 31)
“There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Chick” book manipulatives (3 pages including a sequencing activity)  (pages 33-35)ACTUAL BOOK NOT INCLUDED
Who, What, and Where question comprehension worksheets for the Old Lady book (3 pages) (Pages 36-38)
 11 page interactive book with icons “Animal Babies” (pages 39-50)

These are screenshots from the pack.
For more, go to the Teachers Pay Teachers site here.   It's priced modestly.

As usual, if you are a starving CF, email me and I'll send this to you free.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fantastic AAC Presentation and Handouts

Ashley in action during her CFY
I am a proud mentor!  A few years ago, a young graduate clinician was with me for a semester.  She was an awesome student, so awesome that our school system hired her to be on our AT team.  So then I became her CFY supervisor (and learned quite a bit from her).  She has always been creative, hard-working, and passionate about the students she works with.  She amazed me then, and continues to inspire me!

Now Ashley has progressed in her career, has fine-tuned her already superior clinical skills, and is a mentor herself.  She recently presented at the North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association Conference on "Building Classroom Communities to Support AAC Users".

 She wrote in her blog: "I had the distinct pleasure of presenting at the 2015 NCACA Conference in Winston-Salem NC (my first time ever!). It was an honor to be a part of a conference with people that I truly look up to and see the great work they are doing all over the state.
During my presentation, I outlined the training process I have been using in my district this year. Basically, I am working to help classroom teachers build a foundation to support AAC users in the classroom. This is not where I’m going to end up, but it’s a start."

Here are a couple of screenshots of her handout.  If you would like to see the entire presentation handout with links, pictures, and commentary, go to Everyday AAC.
  She also includes some nice forms to use when developing training plans, and detailed explanations on how to fill them out.  If you have any questions, I'm sure she would be happy to answer them.  She is such an asset to our school system and to the students, and I'm so excited that she is reaching beyond the school here to help even more people develop clinical skills in working with students who use AAC. 

Head on over to Everyday AAC and check it out! 


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.