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

Not a Box…

Posted in Uncategorized by Cindy on April 7, 2016
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I took a book idea that my friend Sean Sweeney (Speech Techie) shared at the ASHA convention in November. He had many great ideas on pairing apps with literacy (books). Of course I added my own twists.

1. I chose the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis.


2. I read it to some of my K-2nd grade students. We worked on making predictions, using our imaginations and thinking outside as well a inside of the box- I couldn’t resist. wink

3. Then I added a twist by giving each student a sheet of paper that I had drawn a “box” on it.

4. They were asked to turn their box into something from their own imagination.

5. Per Sean’s suggested pairing we used the Toca Boca Robot Lab  and Moonbeeps-Gizmo apps once their creations were completed. This was a fun way to work on turn taking, compromising and requesting. The other app suggestion (from Sean)  is Doddle Buddy.

6. I displayed their creations along with the book and of course a cardboard “not a box” on the cabinets outside my room.

Here are the final results:




A rocketship, a spaceship, a house, a pool, another house, a treehouse boat



A house, a monstersaurus, a car, a zombie, a treehouse, a TV

Bonus: To add another twist I plan on gathering a plethora of different kinds and sizes of boxes to make creations that are not a box! Think of all the language skills we can build on in this activity- vocabulary, sequencing, requesting, comparing, contrasting, etc. Three apps I plan to use with this activity are :Adobe Voice, Go Sequencing and Making Sequences . I can take pictures of each step and create a sequencing activity within these apps.

What twists have you added to a book or app?



7 Responses to 'Not a Box…'

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  1. Stephanie Bussard said,

    Thank you for sharing! I love it!!!

    Sent from my iPad

    • Cindy said,

      Thank you for commenting. I have been ignoring my blog for far too long.

  2. OMazing Kids said,

    “Not a Box” is one of my faves! Love all the ideas for incorporating apps with it. Here is how I incorporate kids yoga with the book: ~ Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks for sharing. You have a lot of fun ideas to incorporate with the box. My whole school uses yoga calm so your ideas fit perfectly with my students!

  3. Sean said,

    Thanks for the shoutout and expansion of these ideas, Cindy!!

    • Cindy said,

      Thanks to you to Sean!

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