This week we played a REALLY fun word game that targeted LOTS of describing skills. I even found a way to adapt it for some of my articulation students. Word games for kids are the best way to get engagement with vocabulary building. When you say “game”, the kids feel like they are having fun and not realizing how much thinking they are doing! This word game also incorporates inferencing and critical thinking skills.
Word Games For Kids- Mystery Word
I used picture cards from my HedBanz Game (amazon affiliate link) to help my younger students think of a noun for the mystery word. There are also these really cool Learning Resources Basic Vocabulary Photo Cards (amazon affiliate link included for your convenience) that would be awesome to use as well! For my older students, we just brainstormed without pictures.
I made a detective game board to keep track of each player’s points. You can assign one of the students to be the “points keeper”. These Reusable Dry Erase Pockets are amazing because I only have to print one game sheet to use over and over.
How to play the game
To play this word game, the clinician and/or one of the students in the groups is in charge of choosing a mystery word. Pick a word and write it down where the students cannot see it.
Then, give clue #1 to the group. So if we picked “donut”. Clue #1 would be “dessert group”. Each student can take a guess of the mystery word item. Praise the students who make a “smart guess” for guessing a word that is in the correct category. Quiz the students if a guess such as “pizza” would be a smart guess and why it would or would not be a smart guess. Give clue #2 such as “You eat it. You can deep fry it. You can put frosting on it.” Allow for students to make a guess. If a student’s smart guess is correct, then they would earn 4 points. Continue giving clues until someone in the group guesses correctly.
The person with the most points at the end of the session wins! Have the student describe the noun in complete sentences after the mystery word has been revealed! This is a great game to pair with the Expanding Expression Tool.
I adapted this game for my students working on /s/ by having them say the carrier phrase “I guess the item is……….” to work on final /s/. With my /r/ students, I only picked words that contained /r/!
Last week I started reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (Amazon affiliate links for your convenience) in speech therapy with my students. As a child, I loved this book! As an adult, I still love reading this book to students.
Why Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Is A Great Book For Speech Therapy
This book has wonderfully detailed picture scenes which provide visual supports for building vocabulary.
There are great category themes that you can use to build on after reading the book. I love using this book to teach weather and food themes. Themes that every student has experienced.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is creative and engaging. Kids love talking about food falling from the sky!
Extension Activities For Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
With my older students, I used one of my templates in my Spring Print N’ Go pack to have them draw pictures of what happened in the beginning, middle and ending of the story. They had to then retell the story to me using their pictures to help guide the way! This is a great way to have them visually see details they need such as background (i.e. clouds, snow mountain, tree, houses).
We made these fun Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Craftivity Mobiles! While the students are coloring the food, you can talk about where the food is found, when do you eat it (i.e. breakfast, lunch), is it a fruit/vegetable, etc. This is a FREE printable in my TPT store.
You can work on using complete sentences and using vocabulary from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by comparing and contrasting the town of Chewandswallow with your students home town/city.
Use blocks and pretend play food to re-enact scenes from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs! This is a great way to work on turn taking and conversation skills with peers.
More Activities I Found To Use With Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
What books do you like to use for teaching weather and food categories? Email me at email@example.com or comment below! I love incorporating books into my therapy and always welcome new book suggestions.
Do you need visual supports for articulation carryover in speech therapy? I have a quick articulation carryover idea that may help your students. Many of my students are great with producing their sounds at the single sentence level, but struggle with monitoring their speech in other contexts.
When we work on their articulation during more unstructured conversational tasks, my student need many verbal and visual reminders to think about their speech.
Visual Supports For Articulation Carryover In Speech Therapy
I have been trying to fade back my verbal prompts, but was having little success. I use some visual prompts when we do drill and kill type of activities, but when we move to more unstructured tasks, many of my kids completely forget about the sound they are working on.
Sound familiar? I wanted to have something that I could hold up or another student to help visually remind them to THINK ABOUT THEIR SPEECH!
I made some visual speech reminders and taped onto craft sticks. I can hold these up every time the student needs a visual reminder during structured conversational tasks.