instructions to create your own token tower reinforcement system
Token Towers reinforcement system from Super Duper, Inc has been on my wish list since I was in grad school. It is really motivating for students to try to fill up the whole tower! However, I just couldn't bring myself to pay the $30 price tag. So I set out to make my own version, DIY style. Here's what I came up with!
The tube is a PVC plastic I got from Craft's Direct. I like it because it is a strong plastic so the tube won't cave in or dent easily. Plus, it has a cover to easily contain and store the tokens. You could also use leftover tubes from ornaments or might be able to find something at the hardware store. (Normally $1.99, I got mine in sale 2/$1)
I had a heck of a time finding tokens that where thick, filled the tube without using a million tokens, and slid easily in and out of the tube. I ended up using these chocolate candy coins from Party City. The wrappers are difficult to get off, so I should be able to use them for a while before needing to replace any. I needed 45 coins to fill my tube. (15 coins for $1)
Then I cut a piece of contact paper to fit the tube and made marks with a permanent marker for every 5 tokens.
Total price: about $4.00! I can make a whole bunch of these for the price of the commercial set :)
Today we did another activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday: Cat in the Hat Masks! These are so fun to make and turn out really well. Read on to make your own.
You will need red and white construction paper, white paper plates, scissors, glue, and a stapler. First, cut the center out of your paper plate. Then, cut the red and white construction paper into 1 1/2" strips. For each hat you will need one 1 1/2" x 9" strip of red construction paper, and two each of 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips of red and white paper. I had all these prepped ahead of time for my students. Oh, one other thing: a piece of red cardstock (I just cut a regular letter-size piece of cardstock into 4 quarters).
First, line up your smaller red and white strips, then glue the large red square over the strips. This helps them stand upright on the mask.
Next, glue the large red strip to the bottom of the hat.
Staple the finished hat onto the paper plate. I also had red bows precut for my students (or cut them as they were assembling the hat). We used a marker to draw on whiskers, glued on the bowtie, and we were done!
This was a great activity for following directions, patterning, making requests, using describing words, and we even wrote target speech words on the stripes of some of our hats! Have fun with these!
ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss in your speech room
March 2nd was Dr. Seuss' birthday, and schools all around are celebrating! Here's a quick round-up of activity ideas you can implement in your speech room as you celebrate the literary genius of Dr. Seuss. Thanks to all of these generous bloggers for sharing their ideas.
First up, from yours truly, the activities we did last year:
How about some healthy treats? Check out these edible Cat in the Hat snacks shared from Speech Language Pirates (scroll to bottom of post) (via Cooking Up Good Speech).
Check out this cute Cat in the Hat craft shared by Speech Language Pirates (scroll down to bottom of post). This activity would be great for following directions, describing words, requesting, and writing speech targets on the stripes. #mustdo
Busy Bee Speech wrote about the fun activities she did in her speech room last year. I am in love with her "Cat who eats everything" and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish fishbowl craft! Click here to read more about how she made them.
After completing all these fun activities, you're going to want a snack. How about making Truffula Trees?! Cooking Up Good Speech shared this fun and tasty activity on her blog. Eeek, they look so awesome!
If you follow PediaStaff on Instagram (you really
should - tons of great posts!), you know they have been posting a lot of
wonderful Dr. Seuss themed activities lately. Be sure to check them out on Instagram and Pinterest!
Finally, I leave you with a little humor. I cannot take credit for this wonderful poem, but I love it!
IEPs (in the style of Dr. Seuss)
Do you like these IEPs?
I do not like these IEPs
I do not like them, Jeeze Louise
We test, we check
We plan, we meet
But nothing ever seems complete.
Would you, could you
Like the form?
I do not like the form I see
Not page 1, not 2, or 3
A brand new box
I think we all
Have lost our rocks.
Could you all meet here or there?
We could not all meet here or there.
We cannot all fit anywhere.
Not in a room
Not in the hall
There seems to be no space at all.
Would you, could you meet again?
I cannot meet again next week
No lunch, no prep
Please hear me speak.
No, not at dusk. No, not at dawn
at 5 pm I should be gone.
Could you hear while all speak out?
Would you write the words they spout?
I could not hear, I would not write
This does not need to be a fight.
Sign here, date there,
Mark this, check that
Beware the students ad-vo-cat(e).
You do not like them
So you say
Try again! Try again!
And you may.
If you will let me be,
I will try again
You will see.
I almost like these IEPs
I think I'll write 6003.
And I will practice day and night
Until they say
"You've got it right!"
The way this winter is going, I'm really looking forward to that one day in March. I don't know if spring is ever going to come!
(By the way, a good way to beat the winter blues when you're cooped up inside is with some online shopping! Today is the last day of the Teachers Pay Teachers sale - don't forget your promo code: TPT3)
a book companion to accompany one of my favorite picture books
What's the one food you enjoy more than anything? I used to say creamy pasta, but I am really loving pizza all the time now. I'm pretty sure I could eat it multiple times a week. Every week. In The Wolf's Chicken Stew, the wolf loves to eat more than anything. And one day he gets a hardcore craving for chicken stew. This book is adorable, has a simple plot, and really hits all the story grammar elements really well. Come see what I came up with to help use this book with my students!
A large chunk of this book companion is dedicated to story comprehension. Question cards are included to check comprehension with picture prompts, and another sheet has questions without prompts:
Large pictures for sequencing events in the story and for story retell activities:
A mini-book for students to color, take home, and practice telling others the story of The Wolf's Chicken Stew:
Story grammar elements and story retell can also be addressed through these story maps and elements cube:
This packet also has lots of vocabulary activities, including a matching game, quick vocab check, compare/contrast graphic organizers, and a vocabulary web:
Articulation skills are also addressed through a cut-and-paste activity targeting /s/ blends! Students add the /s/ blend pictures into their Silly Stew!
There's even more in this packet that isn't pictured here: word webs, writing prompts, and open-ended game board! I'm really excited about the way this packet turned out - I think it's my favorite book companion yet!
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In case you missed them, be sure to check out the newest items I've created:
Umbrella Categories - Perfect for increasing receptive and expressive vocabulary and language skill
Story Grammar Prompts - This is a comprehensive packet for teaching story grammar elements, targeting story retell, and creating stories of your own. Includes developmental expectations and Common Core Standards.
Bugs and Kisses Preschool Articulation - Just because Valentine's Day is over doesn't mean you can't continue the love! This packet includes tons of activities for addressing P, B, T, D, K, G, F, M, and N with bonus pages included for S practice.
Year-Round Fortune Tellers - These are fun cootie catcher hand games that can be used along with any therapy goal. A variety of themes make them perfect any time of the year. This is also a progressive packet (meaning new themes will be added in the future).
Now, here are the items I can't wait to buy :)
Tackling Apraxia (from Mia McDaniel) - I love all of Mia's activities, so I know this one will be perfect for my preschoolers who are really struggling with their speech sounds.
1...2...3 Artic and More for Me (from Tech 'n Talk SLPs) - These loaded scenes are full of practice words and a variety of phonemes are available. I'm excited for the S-Blends packet!
Match It Quick - /K/ from Courtney Gragg) - Students search for the picture in common on two cards and be the first to say it out loud. Sounds like a fun time to me!
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