Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Literacy/Activity Pack

November is always such a busy month---progress reports, conferences, ASHA, Thanksgiving!
They all happen quickly, and so here is a pack to alleviate some of your planning woes.

This is an literacy/activity pack for Thanksgiving. 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. You are purchasing two interactive books and a craftivity with an assortment of visual supports for all. Most clipart by Smarty Symbols copyright 2015 with the exception of the Turkey Tale turkeys.
A Turkey Feather Tale” interactive book with manipulative icons and sentence frame (3-17)
9 page step by step booklet for making a Thankful Turkey craft including word bank and sentence frame for choices of what the kids can be thankful for (18-29)
Communication board for the craft  (Page 30)
Yes/No and Wh-questions to go with the Turkey craft  (page 31)
Sequence worksheet for Turkey craft (page 32)
Verbs of Thanksgiving  interactive book with simple text and icons for matching.   (page 33-44)

Screenshot of one page. Cute story, lots of visuals, nice predictable sentences.

 The book in this pack ("A Turkey Feather Tale") contains original turkey art by my daughter, Vicki.  She's home in between bird-banding jobs, so I feel fortunate that she has time to combine her love of birds with her love of drawing.

It's all here on TPT--44 pages of language learning fun


Sunday, October 25, 2015

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Pie---Free Printables to go with this book

I hope everyone has had a great October so far!   We are just finishing our first quarter of school, leaves are changing, and there is a chill in the air at night. 

I'm thinking ahead now to my favorite holiday---Thanksgiving.  A fun book to read with the kids is "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Pie".  If you don't have it, you can purchase it here on Amazon.

I've made a few visuals and questions to go with this book. They aren't fancy---they consist of icons to match the items that the old lady swallows, comprehension questions, and a sequencing activity.  Clip art is copyrighted by Smarty Symbols, and is not to be used for other materials.  I have a commercial license.

Enjoy the book!  You can find this free little companion pack HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

From Seed to Jack O'Lantern--printable interactive book free

Halloween is just around the corner!  Right now, I'm visiting Erie, Pennsylvania to be with family for the weekend.  Up here, fall is in the air--leaves are turning, the air feels chillier, and pumpkin stands are full!

Here is a book I published here last year.  I took it down, though, to change out some of the images for copyright purposes, so this is all legal now.  Here it is again!  You can use it in a science lesson, a lesson about sequencing, or just to show that jack o'lanterns came from seeds.  If you don't want to print it, you can show it on a laptop or smartboard.  Link is below.

This book is nice because I've also included icons to make the whole thing more interactive.
These are on the last page.  I usually print the book, and have kids match the icons to the picture after reading a page. This reinforces comprehension.

Click here to download book and interactive icons.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Halloween Prepositions Bingo

Here's an easy activity for your speech room---Halloween Prepositions Bingo.  Work on common prepositions such as 'over', 'between', 'next to', and 'under' using common Halloween vocabulary.  (Nothing scary though.)

This game includes three Bingo cards, one set of calling cards, matching sentences, and directions.

In my room, we haven't quite launched into Halloween just yet---that's coming though!  The kids are ready!

Go here to TPT to view this Bingo game.  
It's very modestly priced. (I do pay for the copyrighted Smarty Symbols clip art, so this item is not free.)  If you are a starving CF, email me at for a copy of the game.

Enjoy your week!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Small Collection of Halloween Materials (lots of printables)

 Here are some favorites from years past....reposted for people new to my blog.


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For all of my friends out there, here is a collection that I've accumulated over the past three years.  Most have free printables or downloads.  I'm sure I'll add to this as the month of October progresses, so check back occasionally!



Halloween fun! Make a lollipop ghost! Printable directions

Orange Pumpkin Book--get ready for Halloween! 





Big Pumpkin----Great book, printable icons 






Counting Pumpkins--printable book! Match the number to the pictures 






Pumpkin Carving, the iPad, and Communication 






Pumpkin Feelings book--Printable with icons 


The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything

Pumpkins Everywhere