Are you a traveling SLP who has to go to multiple sites? Do many of your students need visuals to help suppor their language development? Are your upper elementary students or junior high students always grumbling about coming to speech? Are you TIRED of using worksheets in therapy to target language development? Whew……that’s a lot of questions. Did I just overwhelm your brain with TOO MUCH language input?
I have two great games to share with you all from Blue Orange Games that are easy to transport and store, are visually appealing, and helps make language therapy more fun! Both games come in a little tin and has 60 cards. Each card has a picture on each side, which means you have 120 pictures in each game. Tell Tale- The Art of Storytelling game has cards of all sorts of items such as a dog, alien, haunted house, a jogger, a ring and much more.
Tell Tale Fairytales Game of Imagination is the same type of game with all the pictures being mystical and make believe such as princesses, swords, castles, queens and more!
There are four ways to play both of the games. I played the “Story Board” version with my speech and language kids. I asked one of the 4th grade teachers if I could come in to teach a lesson and have a “Story Competition”. The kids had to break up into 4 groups consisting of 5-6 students in a group. One student was designated the “writer” and the other team members were the story teller brainstormers! Each team got 6 picture cards that they put in the order that they wanted. One team got a “haunted house” theme, two groups got a “princess theme” and another group got “a cowboy theme”. As a group we discussed all the key story elements they could add to the story. We then brainstormed how we could make our stories more “entertaining” by adding dialog, figurative language, adjectives, conjunctions, and feelings. The team to collect the most points was the winner! As the teacher and I listened to the stories, I gave points for each element they included along with points for having dialog, adjective, etc. All the kids were engaged and had lots of fun!
Some of my speech language kids have a REALLY hard time telling a story and use very simple sentence structure when telling a story. So, I gave each student three cards from the deck and told them they have to try and write ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, and ‘when’ in their story. Before they began writing, we talked about what those terms mean and what they would look like in the sentence. My kids always need visuals! Each student got points to put on their dollar challenge. If they could get all the elements in their sentence, they got 2 points and 1 point for attempting a great sentence. I also had them then go back to the sentence and underline the parts of the sentences and label if it was who, where, when or what. It was nice to see all my 4th and 5th graders engaged and writing longer, more complex sentences!
Now the great news! Blue Orange Games wants to give one of you a copy of either game for free. The winner gets to pick which version of this great game they would like! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below.
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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the game for my review. No other compensation was received.