Here is what I added to my speech room door.
I used Streamer Paper Crepe from Party City. The big google eyes were from Target’s Dollar Spot but I have found them in craft stores. The pumpkins were printed from Word clip art.
I used talking bubbles in Word and typed in the jokes. The “jokes” were found on this site: Mummy Jokes
The therapy twist –
Most students were asked to answer the “joke” before looking at the answer.
My older students discussed the double meaning of the jokes.
My little ones labeled what was on my door.
Now add your own Twists!
We have many cultures represented in my school population. Many of my students do not celebrate Halloween so I tend to be low key around this holiday. But it is still fun to get some crafting in. This is one I am doing this week. You can find the “real” directions at this site: Popsicle Stick Craft
I gathered all the materials from the school supply room except for the googly eyes. Here is what I used:
1. Green, purple, orange and black markers
2. White tempera paint and a brush
3. popsicle or craft sticks – we had the small/skinny ones but the tongue depressor size would work too
5. table covering – I used craft paper from the supply room that someone had already torn off and left.
Mistake #1 – I first grabbed permanent markers. Just say we had a lot of interesting colored fingers. So I switched them out for the regular washable markers which worked just fine.
Mistake #2 – don’t try to glue the supports on the back while the paint is drying- I’m a little impatient but I’m working on it. At least white tempera paint washes off ok.
Mistake #3- (all good things come in threes right?) don’t try to write the student name on the back right after it has been painted. I found if I wrote their name on one stick it worked better.
The first group helped to cover my table. Here come the therapy twists:
- Me: What is this ? Where are we putting it? Why do you think we are covering the table? As you know the answers were very very interesting! (The paper also worked for students to practice drawing their face before they drew it on their creations.)
- Me: (for the first group) You will get to be my guinea pigs! We had to look up what a guinea pig was (they did not know). I tried to explain what the saying meant. Sometimes my humor is lost on first graders.
- I showed them this picture that I copied from the original site: craft stick art We talked about what we saw, what they were made from, etc. then they chose which one they wanted to make.
- We counted how many sticks were used in the pictures and decided if we wanted the same, more or less.
- We talked about the materials they needed and how to use them.
- We talked about what was easier to color: sticks separated/apart or together
- When they had finished coloring we talked about what came next (gluing sticks on the back).
- We talked about turning all our sticks over.
- I glued the sticks with “guidance and instructions” from the students. We talked about using a whole stick and broken/half sticks.
- We talked about the reason we needed to glue sticks on the back (why) and what would happen if we didn’t.
- Then we washed our hands…. another lesson with lots of language.
- The next session they were able to complete their project by drawing the face and glueing googly eyes (I only used these for the monster/Frankenstein/zombie)
- During the project we had some fun discussions and not always related to what we were creating. And that’s real life!
I have many more t creations to add to our “Patch” but here is the start….
Now go add your own twists!
On my indirect week I like to go into classrooms and do a project with the whole group. This past week I went into the three self-contained special education rooms. I often create a project that each child can take home but switched it up this time. I used screen shots from some apps and clip art. I used photos of the students taken with my iPhone and iPad to create our posters.
In this room I used pictures of different Halloween costume pictures and we labeled them or pointed (dependent on students’ skill levels). Then we made a collaborative “Fall-o-weeeeen” poster. I used the app Picture Me Trick or Treat and clip art from Scrappin Doodles. I bought the pumpkin bag and cut outs from the dollar store. The fall confetti around the sides was the idea from one of the students.
In the second room we made a “Field of Screams” poster. The corn was made from a green strip of construction paper and clip art for the corn. The bats and spiders were from the dollar store. The clip art was from Scrappin Doodles, Halloween Card Creator and Wood Puzzle Halloween.
In the last class we made a collaborative “Knock Knock. Boo’s there?” poster. The clip are was from Scrappin Doodles and Picture Me Trick or Treat. I used construction paper for the doors. The bats and spiders are from the dollar store.
First we had closed doors:
Then we knocked on the doors and….
For all of these posters we were talking, pointing and requesting. The kids glued the items on tho poster board and we talked about concepts like: over, next to, under, top, middle, bottom, more, all done etc. Of course lots of vocabulary happening too!
Mask Jumble Halloween is a fun app from Piikea Street. I did not have this app before creating our posters. If I had I would have definitely added these fun pictures! You can view more information and a video on the Piikea Street website.
I used this app with students for fun and to work on taking turns (waiting is hard!), giving directions and making choices. The app includes 10 masks with 40 unique pieces. As you complete masks you get treats and need to catch them in your mouth to earn a new mask. What a fun way to work on right/left, and up/down. Photos can be taken of your face in a mask which then can be e-mailed as a postcard or printed. With my students we printed them and then compared and contrasted the faces/masks. We also worked on emotions/expressions. You can make any face you want for your mask- a sad Frankenstein an angry princess and more. I worked on articulation sounds for some students /s/- mask, costume, princess etc. /k/ Frankenstein, mask, cute, costume, etc. We had a great time with this app! Piikea also has another mask app called Mask Jumble Animals.
How can you incorporate this app into your therapy sessions?
This is my door to my speech room. I used clip art from Scrappin Doodles and a postcard (black pumpkins). Student pictures and a spider or other Halloween creepy image are under the pumpkins with a ?.
Here is how I use it.
1. I put sticky notes on the side numbered 1-4 and across the top lettered A-C. Students state A-1 and the other student finds the correct pumpkin and lifts it up. We get to see if it is a person or a Halloween image.
2. Students choose a pumpkin and lift it up if it is a person they can keep going or stop. The object is to see who can lift the most without getting a Halloween creepy image.
3. I put two of each image and the kids play a matching game. I use Halloween images, articutlation words/pictures and vocabulary words.
Do you have any other ideas for this door?