Cindy L. Meester's Blog- Speech Therapy with a Twist


I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. ~ Mae West

Posted in Uncategorized by Cindy on January 25, 2013
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Here are a few quick clips from my twisted speech sessions. I hope you can find something you can try too!

1. Snowflakes – I bought several packs of  foam snowflakes in the dollar section at Target. Lucky me they were on clearance for .30 cents per pack. I pulled them out on one of our lovely below zero days. My articulation students thought of winter words that contained their sounds. It was their idea to decorate them with their speech sound!

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2. My first graders read some winter books about snow and snowballs. Our entire school uses Thinking Maps so we created bubble maps and then decorated our snowflakes.  I have used this app to create Thinking Maps- Popplet  This session also led to an unplanned lesson on evaporation. So we put a little snow in a cup and when the kids returned the next week they asked to check the cup. Well twisted me I threw it in their faces! But guess what…the snow had melted and evaporated! All that remained was our green marker line to show how high the snow had been in the cup.

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3.  I sent my students on a scavenger hunt. We used my iPod Touch to take pictures. Some groups looked for  things that had their speech sounds.  Some looked for items that targeted their language goals- finding items in categories (animals, soft things, round items, etc.).  We talked about expected and unexpected behaviors before we left on our adventures. Expected- walk in halls, quiet voices, etc. Unexpected- walking into classrooms, yelling to get the camera, etc. We used the pictures to practice target sounds in words and sentences. We gave clues and had others guess. We thought of other items that would fit into the categories.

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5.  Snowman baskets- I bought several ok a lot of these felt snowman baskets. I found these too on clearance in the Target dollar section for .30 cents each.  Here is one way I used these in therapy. I set out 3 baskets and we worked on throwing styrofoam snowballs into them.  Concepts used: 1st, 2nd, 3rd;  front, middle, back;  right, left, center;  near, nearest, furthest/farthest; few, many; my turn, your turn; most, least, some, none

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6. We made it snow inside the school!  It snowed on us, under tables, over our heads,  and anywhere we pointed the iPad! We even caught some on our tongues. You too can make it snow with  this app: Virtual Snow

Snow that’s what we’ve been shoveling out. How about you?

Cindy

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  1. Karen said,

    Awesome ideas!!! I love the virtual snow idea so I quickly downloaded that app! Thanks!

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks Karen!
      I did not buy the upgrade but just took screen shots. We weren’t really saving any pictures more just having it fun snowing everywhere. There are ads on the app but the kids were not the ones holding the iPad so they never clicked on them. Have fun!
      Cindy

  2. Lucy Nutt said,

    Hi Cindy!

    It looks like one does need to pay the .99 in order for the camera to work. Does it still show the ads at the bottom? Love your blog and email messages! Tx so much! Lucy C. Nutt, Ed.S.; CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist/AAC Specialist AAC Therapy Solutions, LLC 634 Peachtree Pkwy, #275 Cumming, GA 30041 404-406-9330; Fax: 1-888-801-8016 FB: AAC Therapy Solutions

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    • Cindy said,

      Thanks Lucy!
      Yes the Virtual Snow app does show ads. I did not pay to upgrade. I just took screen shots to save the pictures.
      Cindy

  3. Amy said,

    Thanks for the creative ideas!

    • Cindy said,

      Thank you Amy!
      Cindy

  4. Rose said,

    I love all your wonderful, inspiring ideas! Love the techie version of the scavenger hunt….and the thinking maps app is great-I just downloaded it!

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks Rose! Let me know what fun things you create with the app.
      Cindy

  5. Diana said,

    You have wonderful ideas! And, I love the title. I wonder how many of your readers had to Google “Mae West.”

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks Diana!
      You are right I bet a lot of people were googling!
      Cindy

  6. Linda said,

    Loved your ideas! Along with your snowball theme, every winter I buy a bunch of white tissue paper when it’s on clearance after Christmas. We wad it up and then compare “snowballs” (big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller, smallest, first, second, last, etc). The kids then get to throw their snowball anywhere in the room….but have to describe where it landed (behind the computer, under the big chair, etc). We take several turns and at the end have a mad snowball fight! They love it!

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks Linda!
      I do sa similiar thing with the OT in our groups. Today we used white tissue paper, ripped it and squished it and glued it on paper plates to make a polar bear.
      Cindy


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