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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!