Saturday, March 23, 2013

We are ballin' in March!

The craziness of March Madness is well underway and we have been shootin' hoops in Mrs. Ludwig's Speech Room! Basketball is one of those activities that is so simple, motivating, and never gets old with my kiddos.

We use a simple basket, some sports balls (baseballs that we pretend are basketballs), and a chair as a backboard.
The easy therapy tie-in:
How are the baseballs the same as basketballs?
How are they different?

The kids pick team names and we have everything from LeBron vs. Michael Jordan to a few of these creative selections:

 These Princesses were dominated by the Eagles.

And sometimes the kids mix in other sports/cities/states. 
WWE Champ John Cena vs. Hoosiers vs. Arizona Phoenix (?)

And then everyone gets a job: 1) the Score Keeper, 2) the Shooter, 3) the Shooter-in-Waiting, and 4) the Basketball Collector/Basket Fixer. 

Players have to do their speech work to earn their shots (e.g. 5 sounds, picture description, answer wh- questions).
After each turn, players rotate and switch jobs.

Fouls (-1 point) are given for: Shot blocking and poor behavior.

And 'tis the season for keeping track of a few different brackets! Our school does a pool and these are Mrs. Ludwig's picks. A few busts, but still a long way to go! Here they are:

Happy March & GO HOOSIERS! :)

Mrs. Ludwig

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Patrick's Chipper Chat & A Visit From a Leprechaun

Can you believe it's the middle of March?! The time is flying! Here's a quick post about what's been happening in Mrs. Ludwig's Speech Room as March has been rolling along:

Chipper Chat is always a fan favorite in Mrs. Ludwig's Speech Room. The open-ended boards can be used in so many ways! And I love to use the versatile chipper chat pieces and magnetic "magic" wands in my other activities too!

Awhile back, I had the Ah-Ha! moment that the Chipper Chat pieces fit perfectly on the Bingo Dauber Art boards at DLTK Kids. There are so many options for different seasons and holidays.

We used these boards that come in color....

....and black and white!

We used the B&W version so we could color them. We spent one speech session coloring/cutting out boards while taking turns saying sounds. (Mrs. Ludwig's Rule: When it's your turn, freeze and put that crayon down!) And during the next speech time, we played our game.

When it's game time, we take turns rolling a die and whatever number is rolled is the number of speech sounds that need to be said.

Sneak a peek:

And in other news...we had a visit from Lucky the Leprechaun! He came to visit two of my scholars who stay after school for speech on Tuesdays. He left them this note:

As a side note: Apparently way too many of my kids have seen a movie about a scary leprechaun (I had to look up a quick movie clip to get up to speed and he is pretty scary! Ha), so I had to explain that Lucky is a very different and very friendly leprechaun.

Our friendly leprechaun, sent them on a scavenger hunt with clues. Each envelope came with a worksheet to fill in the grammar targets.

After each worksheet was complete, they followed the next clue from the envelope. At the end of the note trail, they found Lucky's gold in the last envelope:

Rich, rich!

And of course, since he asked, we had to let Lucky know we had found his gold. We filled in the blanks to write him a letter. Targets: expressive language, vocabulary, prepositions, etc. etc.

Unfortunately, when he comes to find us, his gold will be in gold foil crumbles. It turned out his gold had chocolate on the inside and it was just too good to resist. We decided Lucky might just appreciate us letting him know we had it.

And as I've been typing, it turns out my husband stole all my kids' gold for tomorrow.

I guess he better hope Lucky really is a friendly leprechaun...Ha.

On that note, that's all for now! Thanks for checking in!

Mrs. Ludwig

Monday, March 4, 2013

More Shamrocks: Categories and Synonyms

Happy March, blog friends!

The month of St. Patrick's Day and March Madness. I'll be cheering for the Indiana Hoosiers in the NCAA tourney, so I thought it was time to share my Hoosier spirit with a banner change! And also time to share a few more shamrocks - one for sale and one for free!

First up is Shamrock Categories, which is available for purchase in my TpT store:

The same shamrocks as the Word Families activity, 
but this time they've turned categorical!

It's aligned to this Common Core standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5a: Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

Here are the Shamrock Templates to cut out:

And the leaves to cut out and match with
their shamrock category:

 And a recording sheet for added reinforcement. 

Targets: pets, colors, seasons, punctuation marks, furniture, letters, insects, writing utensils, things you can read, clothing, and flowers

I had a group last Monday work on the Shamrock Categories activity and then they filled out this recording sheet today. I was excited how well they recalled the items we had gone over the week before!

And next up, Shamrock Synonyms. I'm posting this one up as a freebie. 
Same concept, new targets.
Check it out here!

Hope you enjoy the shamrocks in your speech rooms and come visit again soon!

Mrs. Ludwig