Using Chickens in Your Next Push-In Lesson

Using Chickens in Your Next Push-In Lesson

During the spring months, I love using specific themes to cover speech and language goals. Bugs, farm life, and spring vocabulary are part of my March and April themes. I also love incorporating chickens into my small group and push-in therapy because many kindergarten teachers are talking about newborn animals. Some teachers even raise eggs to hatch into baby chicks! If you are in search of chicken speech therapy activities for your K-2 students, you came to the right blog post.

Small and Whole Class Lesson Support

For my Special Day Classrooms, I do some form of whole class or co-teaching service delivery model. When I plan lessons for my whole class lessons, I definitely re-use those materials for my small group instruction as well. Today, I will be talking about how to implement the chicken speech therapy activities in a push-in format. But, if you don’t currently do a push-in model, you can still use these ideas in small groups. That’s the beauty of planning effective whole class lessons, because they work for small groups too (lesson planning made easy). If you are looking for information about how I set up my push-in lessons, check out this blog post HERE.

How to Structure Your Push-In Lesson

I usually plan a 15-20-minute lesson that I do with the whole class. During that time, I ask that the teacher and aides help support the behavior in the class. One day, I hope to train some of the staff to take data while I teach. #slpgoals

We start the lesson introducing the theme and reviewing behavioral expectations. Then, the teachers and myself run three different stations that last for 10 minutes each.

Behavior Management Tips for Work Stations

When I run push-in lessons, I try to follow the classroom rules and expectations. I also add in visual supports to help my students navigate what they should be doing during each station. I visually break it down into “What my body can do,” “What I do during the activity,” and “How to use my words.”

When it is time to transition to a new station, I set off a timer and use visuals to help remind students when they have to wait/go to the next station. You can read more about teaching behavior expectations HERE.

Chicken Books to Use with Your Speech Therapy Activities

After the stations, I read a book. During this time, I call on students with wh-question goals, emphasize key vocabulary, and try to get my students working on verb concepts to share about what they see in the pictures.

Here are some of my fave chicken books (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience):

Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski

Interrupting Chickens by David Ezra Stein

The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley

Whole Class Lesson Ideas for Using Chickens

After I read the book, we do a Google Slide presentation about the theme.

Other activities you can do:

You can do an Anchor chart describing everything about chickens. You can include chickens “can” (i.e. Chickens can run.), “have” (i.e. Chickens have feathers.), chickens “are” (i.e. Chickens are animals.).

We play “Who has the egg?” I print out eggs or baskets and hide the eggs in the students’ hands while everyone has their eyes closed. Then, they open their eyes and students get to initiate a “who” question to a peer or staff member. We play this until all the eggs are found.

I will also put a chicken or an egg on a popsicle stick and work on the basic concept of the week. So, if I choose “above,” I will put the egg above students’ heads and items in the classroom. The students have to say “where” the egg is located.

Station #1 (10 minutes in length): Easter Egg Craft

Use an ice cube tray and put different colored paints in the tray. Attach pom pom balls to clothespins. Students can dip the pom pom balls in the paint to make different designs on the egg. You can work on initiating requests, waiting/sharing, asking friends to pass the paint, and talking about the colors. After the students create their craft, they can talk about what they did first, next, last.

Station #2 (10 minutes in length): Chicken Inferencing

Put the picture stimulus items in plastic eggs. I number the eggs with permanent marker, so I know what items are in which eggs. Use my inferencing cheat sheet to give students clues about “what” is in the egg. You can simultaneously work on taking turns, describing the noun by attributes and the concepts “open/close.”

Station #3 (10 minutes in length): Chicken Crossed the Road

Your students can work on making sentences with correct grammar using these mats. If you have students working on noun-functions or categories, the mats have food, school supplies, and transportation. Sentence frames are included to help your friends have greater success with more complex sentences.

Additional Chicken Speech Therapy Activities

I love using Dinky Doodads to work on skills. They are the perfect size for eggs. Check out how to use trinkets with plastic eggs HERE. You can also make a baby chick sensory bin to work on language skills. Check out the blog post for how to make it HERE (free printables included).

When I use a theme, I try to use the theme for at least two weeks. So, I will interchange some of the activities. At a station, I will bring in toys or games that can work on social skills and functional language.

With this cooperative game Count Your Chickens Game, you can target turn-taking, counting more/less/most, and describing the animals. I love Peaceable Kingdom games because there isn’t a winner or a loser. Perfect for our friends that like to win all of the time!

What Chicken Speech Therapy Activities Do You Plan?

I would love to know how you plan for therapy! If you have some fun chicken activities, share in the comments or tag me at @thedabblingspeechie.

What I love about planning my push-in lesson is that I can re-use the activities in my small group instruction. It feels so nice to have effective therapy plans that I can use across many groups.

Using File Folders in Speech Therapy

One of the best ways to create materials for your speech room is to use file folders. File folders are easy to store, are readily available and can be transported easily in your therapy bag. Today, I am going to share how SLPs can use file folders in speech therapy to have materials for their students.

Most SLPs use file folders to help keep them organized with confidential student information such as assessment reports and IEPs. They are great for that purpose! But, I also love using file folders in speech therapy to make visuals and activities.

Where To Get File Folders for Your Speech Room

As a budget friendly SLP, I try to get access to file folders through my school. When I had a $100-200 budget, I allotted funds to stock up on file folders. If you like having color coded file folders, Amazon has a good set HERE (amazon affiliate links). They can be helpful for color coding therapy groups or forms. 

#1: Use File Folders for Behavior Management & Visual Supports

Use file folders in speech therapy to visually re-inforce expected versus unexpected behaviors during a lesson. I just opened a file folder and then folded each side into the middle. Then, I glued color paper on each side, so it could help students differientiate the side their names were on. Then, I just used post-it notes, so I could re-use the file folder for a different purpose or group.

Use file folders to create visual supports and behavior management charts. I have several students with behavior charts, so I put all the visuals I need in one place. If you need these FREE printables, just click the button below. It comes with black and white, color and a blank version that is an editable PDF, so you can customize for your students. I wanted to laminate and use with a dry erase marker, so I used my 12 inch laminator that I got from Swingline on Amazon. You can also laminate on your school’s large laminator. If you need laminating sheets, I love stocking up from Amazon. 

#2: Use File Folders to Create Re-Useable Therapy Activities

I love using no prep worksheets into re-useable file folder activities. They take a minute to prep, but then you have them available any time you need them. File folder activities can be used as independent work or as station activities. You can even make for the classroom teachers or parents to try and get some additional practice outside the speech room. 

With some of my themed no prep activities to work on noun-verb agreement with “is” and “has”, I printed out these spring worksheets, cut them out and then glued the pictures to the file folder. I then, laminated the folder. Next, I laminated the images, cut them out and attached with velcro dots. This is now an interactive language activity, I will never have to photocopy again lol. Want to make your own noun-verb agreement file folders? These sheets are in all of my seasonal no prep resources you can find HERE.

If you haven’t started using velcro dots, I highly recommend them! Amazon is my go-to for these. 

Here is another example of turning a cut n’ glue no prep worksheet into a re-useable file folder activity. Just glue the worksheet on the folder, laminate, and then attache velcro for the interactive pieces. This activity is part of my No Prep Categories Worksheets.

Use File Folders in Speech Therapy for Vocabulary

There is a lot of research that teaching tier II vocabulary is very helpful for reading comprehension and building vocabulary skills. When you incorporate antonyms, synonyms and understanding prefixes/suffixes and root words, it can help students build stronger vocabularies. I put different colored construction paper on the file folder. I folded the two sides into the middle to create the three sides. Then, I got based words and prefixes that could go with the base words with post-its.

#3: Use File Folders in Speech Therapy to Make Homework Folders

Some of my students are working on their speech sounds at home as well. To help parents with giving their child feedback, I used this visual self reflection sheet from Speechy Musings (it’s free if you are on her newsletter list). I stapled the visual on one side.

Then, I printed up words using my Any Craft Companion and stapled those to the other side. With a paperclip, I slipped on the homework accountability sheet from Kiwi Speech (it’s free too).

Use File Folders in Speech Therapy for Visual Supports

Visual sentence frames helps students when they are learning a new skill. It reduces the cognitive demands, so they can process and practice the new skill until it is mastered. Check out my post HERE if you need more ideas and info about sentence frames. I have a lot of students that are working on inferencing for language and for social skills.  When we can make smart guesses about what the person is thinking or feeling based on their body language, it can help use with understanding the character’s motives in a story, carry on a better conversation or know what to say in a social situation.

 I just glued these visual inferencing sentence frames to a file folder and can use with any activity, video, or photo. I like that it is portable and could even be given to a student to have at his/her desk. Get the sentence frames and 10 FREE real photo task cards in my TPT store. Need real photos to work on social inferencing? These photos are from my social skill breask curriculum that you can access HERE

You can also glue or staple together two file folders to create a trifold. Then, you can add visual supports students may need for language skills such as parts of speech, attributes, adjectives, or antonyms/synonyms like the Student Language Helper I made for my students. 

How Do You Use File Folders in Speech Therapy?

Since I have file folders readily on hand, I am always looking for easy ways to use them in therapy for students. That means I want to know what you are doing with them! Please share your best therapy ideas or tips in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com. Of course, you can always share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thedabblingspeechie.

6 Ways to Use Playdough in Speech Therapy

6 Ways to Use Playdough in Speech Therapy

6 Ways To Use Playdough in Speech Therapy

If you are a speech pathologist working with younger students, you probably have playdough in your room already! Playdough is a staple in my speech therapy room. My students love materials that they can touch and feel. I think this is why slime, kinetic sand, and playdough are fan favorites amongst kids.

Today, I wanted to share 6 ways you can use playdough in speech therapy. There are a lot of ways you can adapt playdough to make therapy engaging. Plus, you can use playdough to build many language skills.

Where To Get Playdough For Your Speech Room

The easiest way to snag some playdough is on Amazon. I have this 24-can set  (Amazon affiliate link) and love that I can re-use the cans if I decide to make homemade playdough. You can also get playdough from Lakeshore Learning that comes in bulk tubs. And if you have all the ingredients at home, you can make a LOT of playdough for an affordable price. I love adding in peppermint, lemon, or orange essential oils to make the playdough smell fun. There are so many easy playdough recipes that you can find on Pinterest. Here is one that I use often.

#1: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy For Behavior Management

Use playdough with a student’s “working for” chart. Each time the student exhibits a positive behavior, you can squish a playdough ball on the student’s “working for” chart. This will show when the student will earn his/her next reinforcer activity or item. This “working for” chart is part of my AAC Starter Kit.

I also like using playdough to help kids know when an activity will be over. It helps keep students engaged and working on the activity. Cover each item on the mat with playdough. When all the items are covered, the activity is completed.

You can also use a playdough mat reinforcer sheet with your whole group. As a group, the students can earn game time or free choice activity time.

You can roll out 10 balls of dough and have the students squish the dough for each articulation production. I love using my Visual Stimulus items with my sentence strips for my articulation students. 

#2: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy To Work On Sequencing & Answering Wh-Questions

You can make playdough with your students! Kristine Lamb from Live Love Speech has amazing visual recipes that you can use to support functional communication, vocabulary, and sequencing steps.

She has two free recipes for making playdough. I love the Green Apple Dough Visual Recipe for fall, the Koolaid Dough Visual Recipe for any season, and the Peppermint Dough Visual Recipe for winter. These are all FREE printables in her store.

#3: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy For Teaching CORE Vocabulary

Playdough is great for our students that need to build those different CORE vocabulary functions! You can work on so many different functions of communication.

If you need a CORE board with fringe vocabulary to work on playdough, this one is part of my AAC Starter Kit in my TPT store. It saves me so much time and I always have visuals for my students to communicate with me. Plus, I have noticed an increase in functional communication and functions beyond just “requesting” items using these boards with students. You can try the bubbles fringe and CORE board HERE

CORE words to target with playdough:

  • Go/Stop for rolling, squishing, or pulling the playdough. You can also get some great initiation and joint attention if you wait for the student to ask for “Go/Stop.”
  • More/Want to request wanting more playdough. Don’t just hand over the whole can of playdough to the student. Give them a little playdough at a time. They can request “more” and “want” to get more playdough.
  • My Turn/Your Turn to work on sharing the playdough.
  • See/Look to talk about what the other person/student is creating. For example, you can model or have students use their words with their CORE board or device, “I see_____.” or “Look at my _____!”.

What other CORE vocabulary would you target? Share in the comments.

#4: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy To Teach Basic Concepts and Following Directions

You can work on teaching basic concepts using playdough. Make mini playdough balls and gather items around your room. Have students follow directions with the playdough balls and items. For example, “Put the playdough in the cup,” or, “Put the playdough behind the bucket.”

You can also use playdough mats or picture scenes to work on basic concepts such as above, below, between, in front, next to, etc.

#5: Use Playdough As A Visual Support

Make a snail or snake to help demonstrate slow speech for a student working on fluency strategies.

A bunny can be used to show how our speech can get bouncy.

For articulation, you can have students form the sound he/she is working on, to help them remember to use the correct sound. I loved this idea from Natalie Snyders for teaching the R.

Playdough can also help with phonological awareness activities for inserting or deleting sounds, counting syllables in words, or identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words.

Roll out different colored playdough balls to help build longer sentences. You can use blue for nouns, green for verbs, red for adjectives, and orange for prepositional phrases. Get these FREE playdough mats by click the image below.

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#6: Use Playdough To Work on Pretend Play and Conversation

There are so many fun playdough sets that children can use to pretend. For example, I have the Playdoh Pie Set (Amazon affiliate) that you can use to work on conversation. Students can take each other’s orders, practice serving the pie to each other, and pretend to pay for the pie at a restaurant.

The Playdoh Frozen Treats and Playdoh Pasta Maker are fun, too! I remember as a kid, I had the Playdoh hair styling set. It was super fun.

Another fun pretend play activity is to make chocolate playdough that actually smells like real chocolate! Here is the recipe I used. You can have students create little chocolates to put in a candy box. They can decorate their chocolates with small beads or plastic trinkets. Or they can make hot chocolate for each other! Make sure you check to see if the recipe is editable, so that your kids don’t try and eat it.

How do You Use Playdough in Speech Therapy?

Playdough is a material that has helped me keep therapy engaging and functional. I have seen so many students make progress with all sorts of speech and language skills with incorporating playdough into my speech therapy sessions. So, I always want to know MORE ways I can use playdough. Please share your best therapy ideas or tips in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com. Of course, you can always share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thedabblingspeechie.

Ways To Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy

Ways To Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy

My students are very engaged by tiny trinkets. When I pull out the trinkets, my student’s are motivated for the speech or language activity! I have used dinky doodad trinkets to target a lot of different speech and language goals. And, I love that younger elementary and older elementary students like using them. When you can find resources that can be adapted across a lot of goals and ages, you seriously have a therapy material winner.

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on a lot of different skills with students!

What are your favorite toys, games or materials that really give ya that bang for your buck? You know, those resources that cover a lot of needs on your caseload that you use all the time? I would love to know in the comments, so I can add them to my therapy stash. Today, I want to share about how much dinky doodad trinkets have become one of those bang for your buck resources. They are very versatile and kid approved.

Ways To Use Toys With Dinky Doodads In Speech Therapy

Use Mr. Potato Head, little people, stuffed animals or the students in your group to work on pronouns with dinky doodads! For more ideas on how to use the toy, Mrs. Potato Head, check out this blog post.

Dinky doodads in speech therapy can be used to teach pronouns using Mr. Potato Head

Let the students pick out 5-10 items that they want. Then, line up the items among the he/she toys. Each student can pick which item they want to talk about. For example, “She has the egg.” This will work on “pronoun markers” and “has/have” simultaneously. Or you can target answering basic “who” questions. Who has the corn? Who has the egg?

easter egg language activity with a free category visuals printable. This activity gets the kids up and moving while building new vocabulary.

Go on an egg hunt and stick trinkets inside the eggs. After the kids find the eggs, they can sort the items by categories using my FREE category visuals. You can of course hide these trinkets in different types of containers. Plus, you can work on the basic concepts in/out with a sentence frame “The _____ is in the egg.” If you need more ideas for working on categories and struggling with where to start in therapy, I have a great blog post with lots of tips you can see HERE.

Make A Dinky Doodads Speech Therapy Sensory Bin

Make an “I Spy” sensory bin! There are a lot of different ways to use this sensory bin. One way is to make an articulation station activity.  Seriously, this is probably my most used sensory bin and was the easiest to make once my dinky doodad order arrived!

dinky doodads in speech therapy to build articulation skills using these FREE articulation mats.

You can also use this “I Spy” sensory bin to work on category groups and noun function. Or you can use the sensory bin as an articulation station. While you are working with other students in the group, have your students look for trinkets with his/her sound. Then, they can practice using the trinket in a carrier phrase. Need this articulation mats? Click the pink button for your FREE set. My second favorite sensory bin to use is my treasure hunt bin. I use kinetic sand and hide the dinky doodads in the sand. Check out this post to read more.

dinky doodads in speech therapy to teach categories

For more language ideas on how to use this sensory bin and to grab this FREE category game, check out my post I did HERE. I would love to see your sensory bin in action! You can always tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie and use the #slpsensorybin to inspire other SLPs.

Create Sentences With Dinky Doodads To Build Language

dinky doodads speech therapy ideas using sentence frames for articulation and building language

I will use my speech and language sentence strips with dinky doodads. You can have your students practice his/her sounds with specific sentence frames that have the student’s sound such as “Brendon drew a picture of a/an ________”. The sentence strips also contain compare/contrast visuals that I use to work on describing similarities and differences.

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on comparing/contrasting items

Work on learning new vocabulary words by comparing/contrasting trinkets using my FREE compare/contrast graphic organizer.

Work on Oral Narration & Listening Comprehension Skills With Dinky Doodads

Work on telling a story with dinky doodads. I used this Mini Objects Companion from Small Talk SLP to have students pick items and then create a story with those items.

 

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on story retelling

Her companion also has sheets to work on a lot of other skills in therapy!

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on grammar and vocabulary

How Do You Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know how you are using dinky doodads in speech! You know I am all about adding therapy ideas to my speech toolkit, so share in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com

Thanksgiving PUSH-IN Language Activities for K-2

Thanksgiving PUSH-IN Language Activities for K-2

Planning push-in language lessons for the classroom environment can be scary! And stressful. You are worried about failing with behavior management and having the time to plan lessons.

If you use these activity ideas for your lesson planning, your stress will go down because you will have a plan. And, your kids will be engaged, so unwanted behaviors will occur lesson.

Thanksgiving push in language activities for busy SLPs

Where I Currently Do Push-In Language Support

I have found the most success with doing push-in therapy in the Special Day Classroom setting. I would love to do more push-in for the general education classroom. A big roadblock for me with pushing into the general education classroom is that many of the students are in different classrooms. So, if I need to see three students at a certain time, I can’t push-in to all their classrooms at that time. And, many times, I didn’t have extra time slots to push-in to three classrooms.

If you are wanting to start pushing into the classroom, I recommend trying the Special Day Classroom!

This is how I set up my push-in lesson plans. I do a whole class activity for about 15-20 minutes. Then, I break the students into three small groups. I run a group, the teacher and aid each run a group. This allows us to provide small group instructions. Typically, I run the language group that is more complex or needs to adapt materials for many goals. Below, I am going to share Thanksgiving push-in lessons you can do in the classroom.

Even if you don’t currently use a push-in language model, you can still use these activities in small group sessions.

Thanksgiving Push-In Language Activities

First, you can pick any Thanksgiving themed book to read to the class. I read Twas’ The Night Before Thanksgiving to the class.

I also love the book Turkey Trouble, Bear Says Thanks, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey or 10 Fat Turkeys. As I read the book, I emphasized verbs, key vocabulary and asked the students wh-questions.

After I read the book, as a whole class we did a fabulous brain break dance to Gobble, Gobble, Turkey Wobble. This activity was a way to get the kids out of their chairs and following the words of the song. If you have students working on social pragmatics, you can have them participate working on keeping his/her body in the group.

Thanksgiving Simon Says Verb Actions

As a whole class, we played a mean game of Simon Says Thanksgiving verb actions. I modified the rules to just have one person telling everyone what action to do. We didn’t play the “Simon didn’t say part”. We acted out the following verb actions:

  • carving the turkey
  • cutting the green beans
  • stuffing the turkey
  • spraying whip cream
  • eating pumpkin pie
  • mashing the potatoes
  • stirring the pie batter
  • cutting the apples for the pie
  • pouring the gravy
  • spreading the butter on the bread
  • scooping the mashed potatoes
  • setting the table

Thanksgiving push-in activities to use with your k-2 students. Lesson plans all ready for you, so you can focus on helping your students communicate. #dabblingslp #speechtherapy #schoolslp #slps #thanksgivingactivities #languagetherapy #kindergartenactivities #sped #pushintherapy

Thanksgiving Push-In Language Activities at Small Group Stations

After we do the 20 minute whole class lesson, I break the students into smaller groups. The teacher, instructional aid and myself each runs a different station. I usually take the activity that I know how to adapt across all my students goals. At my station, this is where I try to take some data on the students performance.

For my station, we watched this super fun Thanksgiving themed Simon’s cat video. If you have not heard of these videos, you need to start using them! Check out my blog post here for ways to adapt these free YouTube videos for your younger and older students.

I used this video to target a lot of verbs and story sequencing. The first time we watched it, I modeled a variety of verbs with the present progressive verb tense.

I have been reading some research that says when we target a variety of  verbs with a specific morpheme marker, we can help increase generalization.

Owen Van Horne, A. J., Curran, M., Larson, C., & Fey, M. E. (2018). Effects of a Complexity-Based Approach on Generalization of Past Tense –ed and Related Morphemes. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49(3S), 681–693.

During this lesson, I used conversational recasting during the video with my students. If the student said, “cat take”, I would recast the student’s production with “The cat is taking the food.” With conversational recasting, you take the student’s utterance and model it for them with the correct grammar form.

Here are the verbs we used during this activity:Thanksgiving push-in language activities for the busy SLP />

Small Group Station #2

For the second station, students practiced learning Thanksgiving themed verbs playing a lively game of memory using magnetic wands. I just put paperclips on the cards and kids got to pick cards using my magnetic wand. Students simultaneously worked on turn taking and following the social rules for a game.

Thanksgiving push-in language activities plans to help ya get through the week!

We used the verb cards from my Thanksgiving grammar and vocabulary activities. The instructional aid ran that station.

Small Group Station #3

For the last station, I had the classroom teacher do some structured drill practice of third person singular and working on identifying verbs.

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After they finished with the drill activity, the kids got to play with my Can You Find It? Fall sensory bin. If you like using sensory bins and need some fall themed bins, check out this post HERE.

What Activities Do You Plan For Your PUSH-IN Lessons?

I would love to know what activities you plan for your push-in lessons. Share an idea in the comments or leave a comment with a question!

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