Snowman Sequencing Activities to Build Language

Snowman Sequencing Activities to Build Language

When implementing a themed-based approach, you want to use activities that incorporate the words related to the theme as much as possible. It gives your students context with how to process the knowledge of the theme and the vocabulary used with the theme. In many ways, you are building stronger knowledge of the vocabulary because students can categorize and attach word associations to the words being used. Today, I wanted to share with you some ways to use snowman sequencing activities to build language. Plus, I will be sharing some different ways to talk about building a snowman so your students stay engaged!

Hands-On Activities for Building a Snowman

With students that have a shortened attention span or need to be activating their sensory system, there are some hands-on activities that you can do and still incorporate sequencing.

Using white playdough with items such as dried black beans, buttons, sticks, and a foam hat to build a snowman. Students can work on sequencing the steps for making a snowman while building their own. Similarly, you can find a felt snowman building set on Amazon or possibly Dollar Tree. Students can follow directions for the steps to make a snowman.

For more ideas on how to use snowman toys and props in your therapy sessions, check out this blog post.

Use hands on snowman materials to work on sequencing in speech therapy. Check out this blog post for tips on using snowman sequencing activities to build language skills.
Work on sequencing skills using a build the snowman file folder activity. Check out this blog post for more snowman sequencing activities for speech therapy.

If you don’t want a mess, but need a hands-on activity, why not build a snowman as a file folder activity!? You can target sequencing as well as requesting, CORE words, turn taking, and describing. To buy the printables for this activity, head to my TPT store

Target Sequencing with the Snowman Life Cycle

You can also work on sequencing while talking about the snowman life cycle. This also is a great theme smashing opportunity to incorporate how we get snow! Check out this YouTube video for discussing snow. As you work on the snowman life cycle, you can target verbs, adverbs (i.e. slowly, quickly), antonyms (i.e. hot, cold), basic concepts (i.e. before, after), and speech sounds such as with s-blends, you can target snow, snowman, scarf, stare, slow, stack, and smile. 

What other words with your student’s sounds could you target? If you need some visual supports for the snowman life cycle, these are in the snowman language lesson plan guides for K-2 students. 

Why not work on sequencing using a snowman life cycle!? Check out this blog post for more snowman sequencing activities you can use to build language.

Snowman Sequencing Activities with Short Stories

Here are some tips for how to use snowman sequencing activities in speech therapy to build language and vocabulary.

Discussing the steps for building a snowman in the context of a short story can help your students relate to the vocabulary when used in context. 

You can find snowman short stories on GetEpic such as “Make a Snowman” by Pam Holden. If you need short stories that also have picture sequencing cards, check out the winter short stories set in my TPT store. It not only comes with picture sequencing cards but also has short stories with an answer key and visuals to help you guide the instruction during your sessions. 

 

For more ideas on using short stories with different winter themes, check out this blog post.

Digital Materials to Build a Snowman 

If you are looking for some digital materials to work on building a snowman, check out ABCYa. They have a free build a snowman activity that you can work on sequencing the steps for making a snowman. Additionally, you can also target describing, requesting, CORE words (i.e. more, want, look, done, here, etc.), transition words, and grammar structures. For SLPs that love using Boom Cards™, you can use this snowman sequencing activity set to work on tier II vocabulary related to the sequencing activity. Plus, there are 3, 4, and 6 picture scenes to practice the steps for build a snowman. In all of the sequencing Boom Cards™ sets, there are extension activities to work on other language skills related to your snowman theme. 

What tips do you have for working on sequencing skills?

What is working for you when teaching sequencing with your students? I would love to know any tips or strategies that have been helpful, especially for your language impaired students. Share you tips in the comments!

Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy!

Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy!

When it comes to planning with a themed-based approach it can be time-consuming to find enough activities to cover all the language goals. That’s why using sequencing short stories can help you cover comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, inferencing, and narrative skills in one material. Today, I will be sharing some different winter sequencing short story activities you can use to cover your caseload. Hopefully, these ideas will help you increase exposure to winter-themed vocabulary and hit a lot of other language goals!

Research Discussing Story Comprehension and Sequencing

Ideas for winter seuqencing short stories to help you cover grammar, vocabulary, inferencing and comprehension in language therapy.

We want to know the best techniques and strategies to help a child understand a story. Are they comprehending what is being read to them?Event knowledge is an important part of story comprehension because it involves layers of language components such as vocabulary, grammar, working memory, inference, and background knowledge.

In this study, the researchers measured the preschooler’s event knowledge to see which measures were related to comprehension. They found that reenacting the story with props and telling the story in their own words was most beneficial. They found that sequencing the story did not have a high correlation with improved comprehension skills.

So, this tells us that when using short stories we need to embed story reenactment and tell the story in their own words. That doesn’t mean we can’t use sequencing pictures as a visual cue or embed practice with using transition words. It just tells us that using story sequencing in isolation isn’t going to give us the BIG impact we want with improved comprehension.

Plus, creating short stories with winter sequencing tasks can also be easy to create a reenactment of the story. For example, if you use a short story about building a snowman (Get Epic has some good ones) you can then have students reenact the story while making a playdough snowman.

 

Dempsey, L. (2021). Examining the validity of three methods of measuring pre-readers’ knowledge of storybook events. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0265659021995545 

Winter Sequencing Short Stories

Use winter sequencing short stories to target vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and narrative skills in speech therapy.

What winter activities do your students have the opportunity to do? Pick a sequencing task that your students can relate like dressing for colder weather. Many students have experienced colder weather, so this sequencing task is familiar. And, if they live in a warmer climate, you can show them books or videos of what it’s like in these climates. By picking a sequencing task that they do in their daily life, your students have a context in which to learn the new vocabulary. Plus when a parent asks them to go get dressed for the snow, they will better understand the directions and vocabulary!

Once you pick your sequencing task, you can create a short story to go along with it. For example, you can create a short story using a YouTube video of children dressing for snow or use the winter sequencing short story set in my store.

 

Make a Sequencing Short Story with Real Photos

If you are able to take pictures of yourself or your students doing the winter sequencing activity, you can turn that into a short story. To make your short story, you can upload the images to a Google Slide or use one of these story creator apps. For example, you can make hot chocolate with your students during a small or whole class lesson. Take pictures of your students doing each step. Then, create a short story based on their language levels and use that for comprehension, retell, and vocabulary.

Hot Chocolate Sequencing Short Stories

Making hot chocolate can make for a great winter sequencing short story idea. There are easy ways to provide reenactment of the story using pretend play or sensory bins.

Plus, you can even make real hot chocolate while also talking about what happened in the short story. After making hot chocolate, students can tell what happened in their own words.

If you struggle with writing a hot chocolate short story, there are 3 and 4 picture sequencing short stories in this winter set.

The four picture sequencing short story has a more in-depth story and provides pictures to help cue students that need visuals.

Here are some short story ideas you can create using making hot chocolate:

-Mom making hot chocolate for kids after playing in the snow.

-Snuggling up on the couch to read books with a cup of hot chocolate.

-Making hot chocolate for a friend on a play date.

-Selling hot chocolate at an event.

-Spilling hot chocolate or making a mess in the kitchen.

To reenact a hot chocolate short story, you can use a sensory bin or kitchen items to pretend. See the pictures below for examples.

More Winter Sequencing Task Ideas to Create Short Stories

Make your own winter sequencing short stories to target a variety of language goals to improve comprehension while also building language, grammar, inferencing and background knowledge.

If you are trying to think of other winter sequencing tasks you can use to make short stories, here are some ideas:

 

  • Building a snowman
  • Getting ready for a snowball fight
  • Shoveling snow in the driveway
  • Building a fire in the fireplace
  • Hanging up your wet clothes after playing in the snow
  • Sledding, skiing down a slope, or snowboarding
  • Going ice fishing
  • Having an ice skating birthday party
  • Going snowshoeing
  • Scraping snow off your car to go to work/school
  • Walking home in the snow
  • Getting a Christmas Tree
  • Lighting a Menorah
  • Planning a New Year’s party
  • Wrapping a present
  • Baking cookies

Snow Day Short Stories for Speech Therapy

If you struggle with creating 4-5 word short stories, I have a set of Snow Day Short Stories that are NO PREP! This resource also includes leveled worksheets, so that you can use the same story with students at different language and comprehension levels. You can snag this resource HERE or click the images above.

Digital Sequencing Materials to Build Language

If you are needing more digital sequencing activities that have a focus on teaching tier II vocabulary and have extension activities, check out these sequencing Boom Cards™. There are sequencing activity sets for a winter theme. You can work on wrapping a present, building a snowman, baking cookies, or making hot chocolate. You can also grab a winter sequencing set for getting dressed for the snow and a snowball fight HERE.

Use winter sequencing tasks to build vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in speech therapy

What resources and materials do you use for winter short stories? I would love to know of any apps, books, or websites that have winter themed short stories. Share in the comments!

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