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February 2, 2016

Activity of the Week: 2/1/16

This week I am offering two types of activities depending on which students I am working with.  I serve two self-contained special needs classrooms as well as grades 4-6 with students who have language, articulation, fluency, or voice needs.

For the self-contained classrooms, we are reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro.  I have plenty of visual supports such as a picture chart, lady puppet, picture cards, yes/no question board, -WH questions, to name a few.  Most of the resources came from TPT seller Speech Room News, and I highly recommend Jenna Rayburn's products because they are polished, well made, researched, cost effective, and motivating. We loved reading the story and enacting the actions by placing the pictures on the re-tell board, feed the puppet picture cards of each item, and engage in a variety of language-based activities themed off the book. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

For my other students, we are reading stories from the Paddington Bear series.  I like this book because it is slightly below the reading level of most of my students; however, I do that deliberately because I want my students to focus more on the metalinguistic strategies I am teaching them. Some of the materials I am using to do this are Reading Strategies by Elementary Lesson Plans. We target inferencing, visualizing, relating the text to other text/ourselves, predicting, answering -WH questions, and more. I also utilize The Speech Bubble's 'Any Book' No-Prep Book Companion resource to target writing sentences, sequencing, grammar, and comparing/contrasting literary elements. I promised students that I'd bring in my Paddington Bear from my childhood that a family friend made for me as a baby.  They loved seeing my version and we all did verbal comparisons of how my bear looked versus the story version.

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