3 Grammar Activities You Can Use to Also Build Vocabulary

3 Grammar Activities You Can Use to Also Build Vocabulary

When looking for quality grammar resources, you ideally want something easy to prepare, aligns with evidence-based practices, and engages your students. It’s also a bonus when you can find grammar activities that build vocabulary skills.

Sometimes it is HARD to find these types of grammar activities because grammar instruction can be boring for our students. There I said it. Our grammar therapy can get stale if we don’t watch out and switch things up when we notice our students aren’t engaged! When you see the glossy-eyed look or off-task behavior, all the signs you need to know it’s time to find a new grammar lesson.

I am always trying to create or find grammar resources that will keep my students motivated to practice in a session but won’t scrimp on quality intervention. Today, I am sharing three grammar resources that can build vocabulary with you.

If you are looking for tips on grammar intervention, check out this blog post.

Easy to Adapt Sentence Graphic Organizer for Grammar Intervention

Use these grammar activities to simultaneously build vocabulary in your language therapy sessions.

Many of our language-impaired students struggle with understanding the parts of speech. Your students may show weaknesses with noun-verb agreement, adding in adjectives, adverbs, or prepositional phrases.

With your students who need to build more complex sentences, this FREE sentence frame graphic organizer will help them color code the different parts of speech.

Plus, you can use this graphic organizer with ANY activity. One of my favorite ways to use this visual support is with wordless short videos. In particular, the Simon’s Cat YouTube videos are pretty handy to use with this graphic organizer.

You can read more about how to use those videos HERE.

Target Themed Vocabulary with the Graphic Organizer

If you enjoy planning by themes, you can use themed books, photos, videos, or picture scenes to work on themed vocabulary while teaching grammar concepts.

As a group, have your students describe what they see while you write it in the correct parts of the speech column. Then, your students can create sentences using the graphic organizer’s visual support.

While your students create their sentences, you can use the vocabulary from the photos. Check out these seasonal inferencing task cards if you need some themed photos with this graphic organizer.

Have engaging grammar activities that also help build vocabulary in speech therapy!

Resources for Targeting Grammar and Vocabulary with the Sentence Graphic Organizer

There are LOTS of ways to use this sentence frame graphic organizer! Pair this with real photos (search on pixabay) or GIFS! Need help with adding GIF? Head to my YouTube video and watch at the ten-minute mark. 

You can also use Simon Cats videos, picture scenes from books or comics, and the pictures from these seasonal-themed verbs and vocabulary sets. Click the link below to check out.

A Grammar Activity that Focuses on Building Vocabulary in Context

Have grammar activities that also build vocabulary in your language therapy sessions

Many years ago, I had a student who struggled week after week with remembering the grammar rules. Slowly, both the student and I became frustrated with the therapy process. My student was beginning to lack confidence and motivation to practice. And I, as the clinician, was stumped on how to help my student learn the grammatical rules. The evidence-based practices of implicitly and explicitly teaching the grammar concepts weren’t working for my student.

That’s when I shifted gears to focus on the content of a sentence. Instead of hyper-focusing on grammar rules, we concentrate on what makes a complete sentence. We began making sentences with real photos that included the who, what, where, and when. To reduce the overwhelm of writing and generating sentences independently, I made scaffolded worksheets to help build confidence with this student.

Changing How You Present a Grammar Activity Can Be a Game Changer for Therapy Progress

As we continued working on building sentences with who, what, where, and when, I found that my student was engaged, participating more confidently and creating more complex sentences with less support.

And with this approach, you can also target grammar errors within the context of the sentence, so we practiced grammatical rules as we reviewed each sentence created.

You can work on building vocabulary that is related to the picture by adding adjectives, more complex verbs, and vocabulary words seen in the photo.

If you need build a sentence grammar worksheets that focus on content versus grammar rules, check out this resource in my store!

Maximize your language therapy with grammar activities that also build vocabulary skills.

Get High Trials and Teach Depth of Knowledge With This Grammar Resource

A lot of research shows that explicitly teaching the grammar rules with a cueing hierarchy is effective for learning morphemes. But, it’s hard to keep your students engaged while drilling morphology.

So, that’s why I came up with the Grammar Tracer worksheets. They are No Prep, incorporate tracing to keep hands engaged (and your OT happy), and provide a lot of trials with one verb at the sentence level.

You can help your students build deeper semantic networks with the targeted regular and past tense verbs by using visual supports to explain the verb in kid-friendly definitions and providing synonyms and antonyms.

You can stick these worksheets in a page protector and get many great grammar drills in a session. Often, I try to break up the session to have a drill activity and then a more play-based or hands-on lesson. If you start with these grammar worksheets, you can transition to the naturalistic activity feeling good that you got that structured practice in the therapy session.

What Grammar Activities Do You Plan that Also Build Vocabulary?

Do you have a grammar resource or activity that helps keep your students engaged while engaging in meaningful practice? Let me know what games or materials you have used to target different grammar concepts. If you use any of these grammar resources in your therapy session, tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie so I can celebrate your therapy wins!

It’s always an excellent grammar lesson when you keep your students engaged and build vocabulary simultaneously!

3 Ocean Crafts for Speech Therapy

3 Ocean Crafts for Speech Therapy

When you plan a themed therapy unit, one of the best ways to keep the engagement up in your speech therapy session is by pairing a themed book with an extension activity.

An extension activity reinforces or reviews concepts from the theme or book that you just read. So, that can include sensory bins, an informational YouTube video, a game, a writing assignment, task cards, or a craft!

Themed crafts can be an easy way to plan your mixed groups or whole class lessons. Today, I will be sharing three ocean crafts you can use in speech therapy. 

Craft Supplies You Will Need 

Have simple ocean crafts for speech therapy that you can use for whole class instruction or mixed groups!

For these ocean crafts, you need basic supplies, which means it is nice on your wallet! You may find some or all of these things in your school supply room. Amazon affiliate links are included for your convenience.

  • Glue
  • Streamers (Dollar Tree)
  • Paper plates (Dollar Tree)
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic paint, water color paint, or dot markers
  • Plastic eyes (optional, you can draw in with a marker or cut out with black construction paper)
  • Markers

Ocean Crafts for Speech Therapy That Work on Goals

When it comes to crafts, you want to consider the prep time needed to make the craft. If it isn’t too complex and targets many goals, then the craft is worth the prep.

To make this “Who is hiding in the seaweed?” you print off the template in the ocean language lesson plan guides. Then, print the verb and vocabulary seaweed strips on dark green and light green colored cardstock or white cardstock.

Students can paint their ocean animals with dot markers or watercolors. Then, your students can glue the seaweed pieces to hide their ocean animals. During the craft, you are working on the concepts on/off, colors, turn-taking (only have one glue per table so students can share), and “who” questions. Students can practice the verbs or vocabulary on the seaweed before gluing it on.

You can put it on a bulletin board or send it home for additional practice.

Have simple ocean crafts for speech therapy that you can use for whole class instruction or mixed groups!

Books That Will Pair Well With This Ocean Craft

Have easy to prep ocean crafts for speech therapy to use in your whole class lessons or small groups.

This craft pairs well with the following books:

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck 

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Crab Craft To Use in Speech Therapy

This crab craft has a lot of possibilities to be used as a therapy tool after your students create it!

It would help if you had a paper plate, red paint, and construction paper. Print out your ocean images or pictures of your student’s speech words. Have ocean-themed vocabulary words to glue on the inside of the crab included in the ocean language activities unit. Or, you can use the Any Craft Companion to print out speech or language targets.

Your students will paint the plate red and cut out crab legs with red construction paper. Glue the speech or language targets on the inside of the craft. Once the paint is dry, students can use the crab to catch things with their mouth. So, pull out your flashcards and have your students feed the crab the cards after practicing. Or, your students can follow directions with their crabs!

Watch the Crab Craft Tutorial on YouTube

Books the Would Pair Well with the Crab Craft

There are several crab-themed books you can use with this craft. Here is a list of them:

You’re a Crab!: A Moody Day Book by Jenny Whitehead

The Brave Little Crab by Beth Costanza

The Happy Snappy Crab by Tiger Tales

If you want to have visual supports with this craft to use on the SMARTboard or laptop, you can get access to Visual Themed Crafts in the Themed Therapy SLP membership re-opening summer 2022. You can get on the waitlist HERE so you don’t miss any details. 

 

Jellyfish Ocean Craft for Speech Therapy

With this jellyfish craft, you can work on basic concepts and follow directions after you make it!

The blue streamers can help your students understand the verbs “sway’ and “float” while moving the jellyfish craft up, down, high, low, right, left, and around.

Cut a paper plate in half and either paint or glue blue construction paper to the plate. Then, cut out blue streamers to be the jellyfish’s tentacles.

Students can write their speech or language words on the back or use the Any Craft Companion to glue them on the craft.

Books to Pair with This Jellyfish Craft

You can use Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae because it features a jellyfish in the book. If you are looking for some books specifically with jellyfish in the storyline, check out these:

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

I am Not a Fish! by Peter Raymundo

Jellyfish (A Day in the Life: Sea Animals) by Louise Spilsbury

If you are looking for more craft ideas to use in your speech therapy sessions, check out these easy paper plate craft ideas!

Ep. 87 The ONE Thing That Could Be Hurting Your Teacher Buy-In

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Have you ever found yourself looking at your students’ goals and progress and realize that some of the students on your caseload are not where you want them to be? In today’s episode, I will be talking about teacher buy-in. It’s one of those things that is the glue to the collaborative services. And yet it can be so difficult because every team that you work with has different personalities. So that’s why we’re going to be talking about ways to make teacher buy-in successful.

 

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

 

  • Success story of teacher buy-in
  • Why consistency is important
  • Opening the door of communication

 

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Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned:

 

Collaborative Services Can Support Your Students

Three Things to Do Before You Start Co-Teaching

3 Myths of Push-In Services

How to Set-Up Your Push-In Services

 

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Articulation Sentence Level Activities That Are FUN

Articulation Sentence Level Activities That Are FUN

Nothing makes a speech therapy session drag on more than a group of unmotivated students. It’s the worst! You feel like a professional negotiator trying to get your students to practice their speech sounds.

And every week that your students moan and complain is just another unproductive session, and that kills you!

Let’s chat about some articulation sentence-level activities that your students think are FUN. You can secretly get in those high trials during a session without your students knowing they are working hard. Best feeling ever!!

Turn Your Articulation Sentence Practice Into a Challenge

Spice up your articulation therapy sessions with these FUN articulation sentence level activities!

Whenever you can turn an activity into a “challenge,” you aren’t the one telling them what they have to do. You are inviting your students to partake in a contest. And, I don’t know about you, but when someone presents something as a competition, I am more fired up to try it!

It would help if you had some sound-loaded sentences, a timer, and a clicker to track trials. These digital clickers on Amazon are the best (Amazon affiliate link included.) You can create sentences with your students before the challenge or use some already done for you, like these Articulation Sentence Challenge Sheets. They also come with half-sized homework sheets, so it’s easier for you to create a home practice program.

Set the timer and have students see how many sentences they can get in a minute. Explain that you want them to go slow enough to get the correct production because going fast while saying the words with an incorrect sound isn’t the point!

After the minute is up, calculate their score. Then, try to beat it by doing another minute. You can continue doing this for up to 5 minutes. As you show your students their trial scores, you can also discuss how it doesn’t take that long to practice every day.

Have sound loaded sentences to use in your speech sound sessions. Get higher trials with these articulation sentence level activities.

Get Silly With Your Articulation Sentences by Using Real Images

Whether conducting a mixed group or a teletherapy session, you can use actual photos to work on sentences. Using pictures can be a great mixed group activity because your language students can answer wh-questions, describe by attributes or work on grammar concepts.

Have your students brainstorm words that have their sounds and then they can make a collage of real photos on a Google Slide or PowerPoint.

After creating a collage, you can create silly sentences, create a funny story or describe them by attributes at the sentence level. If you need a Google Slide template for a brainstorming activity, all the digital speech folder resources have sentence-level activities including the brainstorming template!

Spice up your articulation therapy sessions with these FUN articulation sentence level activities!

Use Mini Trinkets to Create Sentences

For those of you new to hearing about mini trinkets or on the fence if you should get them, let me encourage you to jump on the mini trinket train! My younger and older students like them. And, when I pull out the “I Spy” sensory bin, it can become a station activity while I work with another student in the mixed group.

Students can search for mini items that have their target sound. Then, we use those items to create structured sentences or create a story sentence by sentence. To read more about mini trinkets, check out this blog post.

Find Sound Loaded GIFS to Create Sentences

What is so great about using GIFS in therapy is that you can create these in Google Slides and then re-use them repeatedly!

GIFS are more engaging than real photos because they move on the screen. So, you can use a list of your student’s target speech sounds and search for GIFS (just be careful to search for GIFS with your students because there can be inappropriate images that pop up.)

Students can answer wh-questions or create sentences with the target word. Need help with adding a GIF to a Google Slide? Check out this tutorial on my YouTube channel and watch this video at around the 8-minute mark.

Need Some More High Trial Speech Therapy Ideas?

Spice up your articulation therapy sessions with these FUN articulation sentence level activities!

If you need some more articulation therapy ideas that get you high trials and are kid-approved, check out these blog posts below:

Articulation Ideas That Will Get High Trials

Sound Loaded Picture Scenes

Articulation Carryover Activities

What articulation sentence activities do your students love to use? If you have a fun game or therapy idea, share it in the comments below or tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Ep. 86 Dollar Tree Finds for Therapy Props

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Have you ever found a themed prop that was the best deal ever? Totally cost-effective, it was exactly what you were looking for, and you got it for the best deal ever. Has that ever happened to you? And what do you do next? You go immediately to text or tell your SLP bestie, you need to get down here ASAP because there is a deal for you! SO today I am going to be talking about epic deals you can find at Dollar Tree to help increase engagement in your therapy sessions!

 

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

Dollar Tree Finds for therapy props that won’t break the bank!

 

  • Insect bug catcher, magnifying glass
  • Dog and Cat pet set
  • Doll House furniture
  • Baking pretend play items
If you get brain fog trying to remember targets for your student’s speech and language goals when you are using a toy in therapy, you need the toy companion cheat sheet guides

There are over 30 toy and game cheat sheet companions to help you have pre-selected targets. I am in the process of creating more, so by June 2022, there will be big updates. Which means the price is gonna go up. If you grab this resource now, you get all updates for free.

 Adapting your toys and games to cover goals can be a great way to increase engagement while meaningfully make progress with the skills your student’s need to practice.

It’s a lot to juggle in a mixed group or with large caseloads. That’s why I wanted something that could help myself and other SLPs conserve brain energy so that by 3pm when the bell rings, I still had some brain cells left to finish that report that’s due the next day . 

 

You can try out the bubble toy companion cheat sheet by clicking this BLOG POST for free

EP. 85 Epic Mom Fail Turns Teachable SLP Moment

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today guys, I have an epic mom fail turn teachable SLP moment. I think you’re going to get a chuckle. I know right now you are probably tired, you’re not laughing, you are just like, when’s the paperwork going to end? So, I hope you get a kick out of today’s episode as I share a tale from my life to make you a better SLP. 

 

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

 

  • Always double check your reports
  • Preview all YouTube videos before showing students
  • Know the student LINGO before using it in therapy
  • Vet those song lyrics lol

 

 

Have a craft for Better Speech and Hearing month that you can use in therapy groups, as a bulletin board, or to send home as home practice.

Mouth Craftivity for Better Speech and Hearing Month

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Ep. 84 Five Things I Have Learned from My Autistic Students

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today I am talking about things that I have learned from my autistic students. It’s Autism Acceptance Month and I wanted to share some reflections that I have had with working alongside my Autistic students.Many of the lessons I have learned has helped me serve all my students better, but I wanted to highlight specifically what I have learned from supporting the Autistic community.
In this episode you’ll hear:

 

  • Functional communication is more important than academic skills. 
  • Share what they can do with the team rather than always focusing on what they can’t do. 
  • It takes a team to support Autistic students well, so involve them!
  • Incorporate their passions and interests into your sessions
  • Just because they didn’t like a toy or activity doesn’t mean you can’t re-introduce it in future sessions. (doggy house, heavy work)
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How To Store Sensory Bins For the Year

How To Store Sensory Bins For the Year

You are probably reading this blog post because you LOVE using sensory bins so much that now you are running out of room to store them.

When I first started using sensory bins, I would shove the materials into a gallon-sized bag and toss them into a big container. The only problem was that when I wanted to use a particular sensory bin the following year, it took me twenty minutes to find it!

Does this sound familiar? Hopefully, after reading this blog post, you will have a system for organizing your sensory bins for the school year. Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post. 

Biggest Space-Saver Tip for Storing Sensory Bins

Check out these tips for how to store sensory bins for the school year, so that you know where your speech therapy materials are located when you need them. Streamline your sensory bin organization today!

Most of us have small therapy rooms; it’s an unfortunate reality. So, our therapy rooms can get pretty cluttered with stuff if we aren’t managing our organization of speech therapy materials.

To save space and money, invest in no more than three sensory bin containers. You can get a smaller pencil box, a shallow Sterilite bin, and then a quart-sized bin to hold your sensory bin materials.

Then, you can keep the sensory bins you aren’t using in larger containers and store them in your room or your garage. When working two days a week at two different schools, I kept my additional sensory bins in my garage and brought the one container between sites.

Materials Needed to Create Your Sensory Bin Organization System

Using zipper pouches is an excellent investment to keep the filler and material items together in one spot. You can get different sizes for storage. Depending on the number of things in your sensory bin, you may want more oversized bags sized 16 by 12 inches or 15 by 11 inches. You can then purchase smaller-sized zipper pouches to store mini items and printables for the bin.

Having labels to put on the pouches will also help you identify the materials you want to use.

Then, you can sort your sensory bin bags into categories for when you typically use them throughout the school year. When you label your larger containers by times of the year, you will know which bin to go to look for items.

Check out these tips for how to store sensory bins for the school year, so that you know where your speech therapy materials are located when you need them. Streamline your sensory bin organization today!

Check out how to organize the zipper pouches

Check out these tips for how to store sensory bins for the school year, so that you know where your speech therapy materials are located when you need them. Streamline your sensory bin organization today!

My organizational style likes everything in one spot if I can help it. So, when organizing my apple tree sensory bin, I stored the toilet paper rolls and fake apples in the larger pouch (16 by 12 inches) and then kept the filler Pom Pom balls in the slightly smaller folder (15 by 11 inches.) I put those in the smaller zipper pouch for the apple-themed verb and vocabulary printables. Then, I tossed them all into the bigger zipper pouch.

Suppose you are interested in getting themed sensory bin materials. In that case, you can check out companions in my TPT store or have themed sensory bin guides with the Themed Therapy SLP Membership (doors open in summer 2022, so get on the waitlist now.)

Sensory Bin Sticker Labels

Having a label on the zipper pouch is super helpful when you want to identify sensory bin sets in your larger bins. You can create labels for your different containers and print them out on a full-page Avery shipping label. Cut them out and stick them on the zipper pouch.

After adding all your materials to your zipper pouch with the label intact, you plop it into the more oversized organization container! Your sensory bin is now appropriately stored for the season, lol.

When you need the materials for a sensory bin, you grab them out of the tote and dump them in your main sensory bin container.

Sensory Bins Your Students Will LOVE

When it comes to making sensory bins, you definitely can use items from around your speech room. But if you are looking for themed sensory bins that have cheat sheets, visual supports, and printables ready to go, check out these sensory bin resources in my TPT store

What sensory bin organization tips do you have to share?

If you have any tremendous sensory bin organization tips, please share them! One of my favorite ways to use sensory bins is with a themed book. You can read the story and then pair a sensory bin that reinforces the concepts from the books in a hands-on way for your students.

For more sensory bin ideas on how you can make your bins, check out this blog post HERE

Low Prep Articulation Craft for Speech Therapy

Low Prep Articulation Craft for Speech Therapy

When your students start to whine about practicing their speech sounds, it usually means you need to change things up in your speech sessions.

We know that getting high trials with our students working on speech sounds is essential for making progress.

But it can be hard to find ways to make it FUNctional, right?

Today, you will learn how to make an articulation craft for speech therapy that will increase trials and become a therapy tool for your sessions!

Craft Supplies You Need to Make This Speech Challenge Craft

You need two paper plates for this craft (use the thin white ones), a glue stick, scissors, markers, and a word list with your student’s speech sounds.

If your students struggle with reading words, you can print out sheets of pictures with their speech sounds. You can use the Any Craft Companion to cover many speech and language goals.

For the word lists, I use the articulation flipbooks as they have word and picture-word lists. You can get the printable version HERE or the NO PRINT version HERE.

Have a low prep articulation craft for speech therapy that makes getting high trials easy!

How to Make the Articulation Craft for Speech Therapy

First, you will cut slits around one of the paper plates. The plate with the slits will be your top plate.

You will have your students write or glue their speech words around the plate with the bottom plate.

Then, put glue in the middle of the bottom plate. Attach the top plate with the slits to the glue on the base plate.

Your students can then flip the slits to reveal their speech words.

Make articulation speech therapy activities FUN with this low prep articulation craft that will get high trials!

How to Use the Articulation Craft in Speech Therapy Sessions

Once your students make their flip-flap speech challenge craft, set a timer for one minute and see how many words they can practice in a minute.

Use the craft as a warm-up each session to review speech sound practice or see if they can beat their previous score.

Instead of writing their speech words on the bottom plate, write different numbers around the plate. Then, write or glue their words on the top flaps. Whatever number you wrote behind the word is the number of times your students must practice their speech words.

Don’t worry about prepping homework because this articulation craft can be sent home as a home program activity for each day!

Need More Ideas for How To Adapt This Craft for Language Goals?

Would you love to use this articulation craft in your mixed groups? Check out this blog post for how you can use this idea with grammar targets! You could also do this with categories. What other goals could you do this speech therapy craft? Let me know in the comments. 

Use this easy to prep articulation craft for your speech therapy sessions. Help students stay motivated while they practice their speech sounds.

Ep. 83 How to Get Started with Myofunctional Therapy

 Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today I am talking about Myofunctional Therapy. I invited Danni from Speech Goods to come on the show and give us the ‘goods’ about this type of therapy and how she uses it in her private practice. 

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • What myofunctional therapy is.
  • How you can get started with myofunctional therapy
  • Tips for SLPs that would love to start treating children with orofacial myofunctional disorders.
Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned:

 

Speech Goods Podcast Episode – 

What is myofunctional therapy? YouTube Video

 

What is Myofunctional Therapy with Danni Augustine

Episode 29: The What, When, and How of My Myofunctional Therapy with Danni Augustine by SpeechGoods

 

Oral MyoFunctional Facebook Group

 

 

 

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