Saturday, July 27, 2013

QR Codes: School Time Owl Vocabulary {NEW Activity}

QR Codes are definitely the latest craze to hit the SLP and education world!  Have you started using them yet in your speech room?  I recently started using them with various activities and I have to say, my students and I LOVE them!  It's such a fun way to work on so many different goals and objectives all while incorporating technology.  

QR Codes are those little black and white bar codes that you have probably seen everywhere from magazine covers to cereal boxes.  In order to use them you need an app (Apple and Droid both have versions).  Personally, I use the "Scan" app on my iPad and iPhone.  

As an extra bonus, this activity is also common core aligned!!
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4a Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Included in this packet are 60 QR Code Task Cards that contain definitions of academic vocabulary words.  There are multiple choice answers on each card. 

I have also included a student record form that way students may take their turns and check their answers at the end of the session.  These cards can also be used as part of a "center".

Here is how to play:
Students should take turns choosing cards.  They will read the definition and choose the correct vocabulary word.  Students may check to see if they have chosen the correct answer by scanning the QR code. Students can also record their answers on the included sheet and check at the end of the session (see picture above).  

If a QR reader is not available, answers can be checked on the included answer key.  If the answer is correct, he/she collects the card.  The student with the most cards at the end of the session/round, is the winner. 
You can head over to my TpT store to grab this activity!  I hope you all enjoy it!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  You can also enter below via Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of this activity!  Two winners will be chosen!!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Speachy Feedback Linky Party!!

I love being part of the SLP Blogging World!!!  Nicole over at Speech Peeps just started a linky party to highlight feedback left on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Basically, each month I will choose someone who has left detailed feedback.  That person will be able to choose an item from my store for FREE.  You can click the image above and head over to Nicole's blog for more details about the linky party.

If your TpT username is "sdavis95", please send me an e-mail with the product of your choice from my store!  Be sure to check back next month to see if you are the next winner for leaving feedback!

As always, I appreciate ALL of your feedback, comments, and questions!  Thanks everyone!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Describe it To Me App {Review & Giveaway}

Are you ready for another app review?!  Well here it is!  Describe it To Me is the newest app by Smarty Ears and I have to say it is totally amazing!!  All opinions in this review are 100% mine!  Keep reading and enter for a chance to win your very own copy of this awesome app at the bottom of this post.
Describe it To Me is a multi-level, "game show" type app designed by a certified SLP.  It is perfect for students/clients working on their receptive/expressive language skills.  The "game show" type design of this app makes it very appealing to people of all ages!  Who doesn't love game shows?!
On the home page you can click the "support" button in the bottom left corner in order to read about the app, backup to iTunes, restore from iTunes, request support, and watch a video tutorial.

To get started, you will want to add a player or import players from the TRC.  You can also modify the settings for players by clicking on the button in the top right corner of the screen.
The wheel on the left side of the screen shows the player and amount of points throughout the game.  Each stimulus picture has six corresponding questions.
You can switch between target questions by clicking on the buttons across the top (category, function, parts, location, visuals, and extra).  You can also choose between receptive or expressive language by sliding the bar on the right hand side.
Users will pick between the 4 choices displayed under the stimulus pictures.  Once the correct answer is chosen, a "thumbs up" is displayed.  You can use the arrows on the right hand side to move on to the next picture.  Once the session is complete, click done at the top right corner.
You will be able to view the results of each user's sessions.  The results include the date of session, overall accuracy, and correct/incorrect responses in both receptive and expressive language.

You will also be able to earn awards and view them for each session.  This is a super fun feature that your students/clients will get excited about!
Lastly, I love that this app includes homework sheets!  What could be better than some carryover activities built right into the app?!

To find out more information about Describe it To Me just click HERE.  You can also head over now to grab this app from iTunes.  It is only $9.99 which is an amazing deal!! Be sure to enter below to try and win a copy of this app!
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ocean Themed Activities for Preschoolers!

How many of you are working an ESY program at your school or still seeing private clients throughout the summer? Well, if you answered yes and need a few cute activities, then be sure to keep reading.  The theme of the week for my preschoolers this week and next week is Ocean/Sea life!  I do a large in class group with my preschoolers as well as small pull out group sessions.  I am going to share with you a few of the activities I am doing in class and also in the pull out sessions.

First up is one of my in class activities.  I love reading books with my preschoolers because there are endless opportunities for language development.  You can ask "wh" questions, talk about basic concepts (on, off, top, etc.), discuss adjectives/verbs, etc.  I absolutely love the book, Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck.  It is an adorable story that your preschoolers are sure to get excited about.  I pair this book with a very fun game by Super Duper!  If you haven't heard of Photo Fish & Say, it is a must have!!  This game has many add-on's (verbs, different speech sounds, etc.).  I used the "classifying" fish with my 3 year olds and the "verbs" fish with my 4 year olds.  The classifying fish include food, animals, transportation, etc.  I have the students each take turns "fishing" and naming the item.  Next, as a group, we decide which category that fish should be placed under.  Super fun!  I love using the "verbs" fish as well.  It is the perfect opportunity to have the students work on using pronouns and speak in complete sentences.
I was super excited to find this FREEBIE from Jenn at Crazy Speech World.  It fit perfectly into our theme for the week and my preschoolers just had a blast using it!  Many of the preschoolers are working on answering questions and using basic concepts.  I paired the "Roll and Cover" activity with those goals.  Each student had a turn answering a question, pressing the "spinner" and coloring the bubbles.  I love that we were also able to work on numbers!

The last activity I used with my younger Preschoolers was creating their very own "itsy bitsy ocean books"!  I was searching around and found this adorable book!  You can grab it HERE.  It was a great way to talk about animals and things found in the ocean, colors, functions, and more!  The kids loved coloring it and turning it into their own little books.  They were also able to take them home and talk to their parents about what they did in speech today!
I hope you are able to use some of these super cute activities with your students/clients.  I'd love to hear your ideas to go with the ocean theme as well!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Are you following on Bloglovin'?

I'm sure you have heard of the newest craze called Bloglovin'! It is such a fabulous way to follow all of your favorite blogs in once place. You will see updates and the newest posts immediately. All you need to do is click this link....  Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
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