Sunday, August 21, 2016

Using Non-fiction Texts in Speech and Language Therapy (A linky party for the Best Year Ever Bonus Sale)

Have you heard?!?! There is a one day TPT bonus sale on Monday, August 22!!! When you use the code ONEDAY, you will receive 28% off on all products in my store!
I’ve been meaning to blog and tell you guys about how amazing using nonfiction texts in speech and language therapy is, but I’ve been so wrapped up in back to school mode that I haven’t had a chance. I figured this would be the perfect time!!!!! I’m joining The Frenzied SLPs to bring you some products and tips from a few of your favorite SLPs. 

As some of you know, I mostly see middle school and high school students in the school system (I have a few younger kids and see younger kids in a private practice). It can be very difficult to engage these older students and keep them interested in activities and tasks you are working on in therapy! Last year I wrote a few nonfiction passages and brought them in for therapy...all of a sudden my 8th grade boys, who complained all the time about having speech and language services, wouldn’t leave my room. They (along with some of my high school boys) started begging me to bring more nonfiction passages. We would read the passages, learn important vocabulary, answer comprehension questions, talk about main ideas, and research related events and people. Their favorite nonfiction passages were about U.S. presidents. Another topic my kids are interested in are animals. This summer I worked hard to create a huge product (over 150 pages) for endangered animals. I added even more to this product than I had the others. Once it was close to ready, I took it with me to see some private clients...it was again a HUGE hit! Let me show you all the ways you can use it too!!! Here is a little secret....the product is listed as 2nd-6th grade, but I use it all the way through high school since most of my students have language and reading disabilities! 
This product includes 12 endangered animals and allows you to address reading comprehension, listening comprehension, vocabulary, context clues, research, informational text writing, main idea and details, summarizing, comparing and contrasting information, articulation and more
At the beginning of the packet there is a venn diagram that can be used with any animal combination. 
For each animal you receive a K-W-L Chart. We use this chart to determine what the students already know about the animal, what they want to know (so we can do further research), and to sum up the information they learned. 
For each animal you receive a Did You Know? Fun Fact sheet. We read over this sheet and the students determine what information they will share with their family when they get home. 
For each animal you receive a Level 1 Passage. This passage is shorter than the level 2 passage and uses less complex language. There are also comprehension questions related to this passage. Having two levels of passages is perfect if you see students across a range of grades and/or ability levels. 
For each animal you receive a Level 2 Passage. This passage is longer and more complex than the Level 1 passage. There is an additional page with comprehension questions related to the passage. 

For each animal, You receive 2 levels of vocabulary practice. Level 1 includes definitions and a word bank for your students to write the correct word in the blank with supports. Level 2 includes words listed in context sentences. Your students underline or highlight the context clues and then write their best definition of the word. 
Don't worry...I include an answer sheet for you too!

For each animal there are graphic organizers to help determine the main idea and details, to organize thoughts for writing or comparing and contrasting information, and to summarize information.
For each animal there is also a flip book for the students to create and take home. They will fill in each page as they work through the passages or do additional research. 

BONUS TIP: I also use these passages to work on articulation. We will go through the passages/information and highlight or underline words that contain the target sound. I will have my articulation students help me out by reading portions of the information aloud. This makes having mixed groups a little easier on all of us and no one is jealous that "he gets to do that instead".

See what I mean...it’s fun, it’s engaging, and there is enough material to cover weeks of therapy sessions! The animal photographs are in color, however, if you are only able to print in black/white they are still clear and easy to see. 

I hope you will think about using more nonfiction texts in your therapy sessions and I would love to help you with that! 

I’ll see you in the store soon!! (Don’t forget 28% off with CODE: ONEDAY on Monday August 22)


Now head back over to the linky party and see what other great products and tips are waiting for you!




Monday, August 8, 2016

August Lesson Plans: linky party

Can you believe some of us are already back in school? Returning to school with our students on August 1st made for a WILD week! To keep your life a little CALMER the fabulous Speech is Sweet is hosting a monthly lesson plan linky party just for you!!! Check out my lesson plans for August then head back over to her linky and see what other fabulous SLPs are planning for August! 
Since I work with mostly MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL students in the schools and mostly elementary aged students in the private practice I will be providing you 2 different lessons: 1 for my middle and high school students and 1 for my private practice clients! After you look at my visual lesson plans scroll down to see an expanded version of the products I will be using and what I will be targeting with each product. For your convienece, I have added a hyperlink for each product so you can check it out with a simple mouse click!
Middle School and High School Lesson Plans for August


Language Progress Monitoring (Upper Tool) for Speech Language Therapy by Natalie Snyders: This will be used to determine baseline on various language skills. 

Articulation Progress Monitoring Tool for Speech Language Therapy for R by Natalie Snyders: This will be used to analyze the productions of the MANY students I have working on /r/.

Investigating Tier 2 Vocabulary with Context Clues by The Speech Owl: We are going to begin the year pre-teaching important Tier 2 vocabulary that my students will encounter throughout the school year as well as learning how to use context clues to define unknown vocabulary. With this product we will also be able to address the following skills: context clues, synonyms/antonyms, inferencing (what topics words relate to), answering basic comprehension questions, test taking strategies, and articulation. 

Social Skill Loops: Problem Solving and Perspective Taking by The Speech Bubble SLP: This will be used to discuss scenarios, discussing the best ways to address those scenarios and determine how others think and feel. 


Social Group Curriculum for Middle and High School Students by Nicole Allison: We will begin using this product to discuss conversational skills. 

Private Practice Lesson Plans for August

Nonfiction Endangered Animals for Language by The Speech Owl: With this product I will be focusing on the following skills: comprehension questions, main idea/details, summarizing, vocabulary, and using context clues.

No Print Back To School by The Speech Owl: With this product I will be focusing on the following skills: “Wh” questions, object functions, categories, synonyms/antonyms, and inferencing.

Describe Me! by The Speech Owl: With this product I will be focusing on teaching describing skills and practicing comparing and contrasting objects.

If You Take A Mouse To School: A Book Companion for Language by The Speech Owl: With this product and book (which is a separate purchase and needed for use with the companion) I will be focusing on comprehension questions, vocabulary, inferencing, pronouns, sequencing/retell, sentence structure, and same/different. 

What Am I Talk About? Inferencing and Vocabulary by The Speech Owl: With this product I will be focusing on inferencing and vocabulary based on Kindergarten-4th grade Tier 1 and Tier 2 vocabulary.

Verb Interactive Books by Speech Universe: With these books we will work on sentence structure, pronouns, and verb usage.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad: A Book Companion for Language and Social Skills by The Speech Owl: I will be using this book companion and book (which is a separate purchase and needed for use with the companion) to address emotions, perspective taking, and types of problems.

Social Skill Problem Solving by Amy Haselden: With this product we will focus on emotions, facial expressions, inferencing, perspective taking and social appropriateness.  

Phew...that was a lot! I hope you have enjoyed seeing my plans for August and I hope you find them useful! Make sure you go back to Speech Is Sweet's linky party and see what other SLPs have in store for August!