Friday, February 15, 2013

SWAP-N-BLOG: Sublime Speech's Monster Questions


Well, we finally made it to Friday which means the weekend is here!!  Danielle from Sublime Speech and I decided to SWAP-N-BLOG this week!  I am so excited to share my review and some pictures of her awesome activity Monster Questions!  If you haven’t already visited her blog and/or TpT store, then you must head over to them.  Her products are so innovative, organized, eye-catching, and fun.  The ideas/activities on her blog will keep your students interested and excited.  


This activity targets answering AND formulating questions.  There are actually 4 different games in the packet: Formulating questions, answering questions, question/answer go fish, and replying.  Here is everything included in the HUGE 228 card packet….

6 printable monster grins. Just cut them out, laminate, and attach to a popsicle stick and use during the game for added hilarity!
Each game includes “wild cards” which are sad monsters and grin-exciting monster events!

Answering: 72 Who, What, Where, When, and How questions

Formulating: 42 Y/N, Who, What, Where, When, and How questions with a given topic.  Students formulate questions accordingly.
 
Replying: 24 cards for students to reply appropriately to a peer's statement with a question. 


Question Go-Fish: 36 Y/N, Who, What, Where, When, and How questions to match with their answers. The cards are color and grin-coordinated to easily spot a match!
Blank Template Pages: 24 blank cards included in the deck for you to use for extra questions or other games.

How I used the game with my students:
First of all, my students LOVED the monster grins on the Popsicle sticks.  They thought it was so funny when holding them up to their mouths.  Each student in my groups received a monster grin before the game started.  
I used “Answering questions” with a few different groups.  I placed all cards face down in a pile in the center of the table.  For my older students, they read the cards themselves and answered the questions.  For my younger students, I read the question to them and if answered correctly, they collected the card.  The student with the most cards at the end was the winner! 
I have so many students struggling with formulating questions so I was so excited to try the activity out.  I set up the game by placing all cards face down in the center of the table.  They took turns choosing cards and reading their chosen topic and the question starter.  If an appropriate question was formulated, the student kept the card.  Whoever had the most cards at the end was the winner!
The last activity I used was Replying where students take turns choosing cards and read the prompt (i.e. I had a soccer game this weekend).  Another student in the group must reply with an appropriate question (i.e. Did you win or what was the score?)  This is another great activity for student struggling with formulating questions.  My students were very successful with this activity because of the prompts on the cards.

This is an extremely useful and engaging game that I’m sure your students will absolutely love.  I used this activity with students in grades 1-4.  This activity has endless possibilities and is a must have! 

 This product is one of many products by one of my absolute favorite SLP bloggin' friends, Danielle.  She is truly a talented SLP!  This material can be found on her TpT store.  Also, check out her Facebook page and blog!

Enjoy everyone!!
Kristine