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June 19, 2019

2018: STEM and Language with Pumpkins

I wanted to round out the 2018 school year with another holiday-themed activity that I did with ALL of my students on my caseload: Pumpkin Experiments! This is a Nichole Allison product and I highly recommend all of her science-based language/speech activities.  I try to do at least 2 a school year, one in the fall, and one in the spring. Here are a few snapshots:

As you can see, we did a LOT of texture/sensory describing activities that are designed to help write and think like a scientist as well as work on expanding vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

For my speech students, never fret, we were covered on all fronts by a passage specifically geared to target their speech sounds (or fluency skills):

Some groups also got to do some sensory art with apple stamping! I found this idea on Pinterest (as always) and we worked on colors, shapes, following directions, and creativity.

I got a lot of positive feedback from students about how much they enjoyed this project! We loved exploring the taste, texture, and smells from the pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and apples. We also used the worksheets to expand our writing. 

2018: Ghost Craft

It has been awhile, hasn't it? Life and the school year got away from me so I'm taking advantage of the summer break to catch up on a few posts that I need to do for my 2018-2019 school year. This was a fun craft that we did to target and address labeling, expressive language, following directions, fine motor skills, and describing, to name only a few.

We always start with an overview of directions and expectations:

Here is what the finished product should look like:

I think I found this craft on Pinterest because I was looking for something simple that had everything I already owned so I didn't have to purchase anything for it because I already had glue, cotton balls, and construction paper on hand. 

We also used the research-based tool, Expanding Expression Tool (EET) to describe our ghosts. I used visual supports and aides on the smart board to help students who needed a variety of choices to help shape their answers correctly.

It is always important to have others that help support you in your lessons and I couldn't do half of what I do without my bestie, Rhoda!

The students were hard at work and really enjoyed making their ghosts. We eventually added a hole at the top and we hung them from the ceiling for the rest of the month (October) to make the classroom spooky for the holiday. I forgot to get a picture of that end result, sadly. Thanks for checking out our Halloween holiday craft!

February 19, 2019

2018: Caramel Nachos

This was a fun activity that we did in our special forces class called "apple nachos." We did this as a fall themed activity and I love doing cooking projects with my students. It teaches and works on so many skills such as following directions, labeling, commenting, requesting, problem solving, and so much more!

Here is where I got the visual supports that I used in this activity. I highly recommend this product as it was made by a speech-language pathologist FOR speech-language pathologists, but could be used by any professional who works with special populations.

Preparing the caramel, they were so excited to see what the end treat would look like!

You can never have enough visuals when working with students or anyone with special needs. I also have a few students that are using the PECS system so having as many visual supports as possible is recommended.  I love PECS and have been two of their intensive training sessions and I love this system and how it helps to give some students a "voice" of their own to communicate. 

Starting to look yummy, aren't they?! I know that all my friends were starting to get so excited to try these. Always think of food allergies or issues with students and try to make sure you don't cook or prepare anything that someone might have trouble enjoying.

We always try to end these sessions with a quick comprehension check. These accompanying worksheets are perfect to see if students remember what we did together to make our wonderful treats!

All in all, we loved this activity! It is definitely something I would try again in the future. If you are looking for an easy fall-themed activity, I highly recommend this recipe! What recipes do you use with your students?