Halloween-Themed Language Tricks & Activities

Hey Everyone! I am so excited to be linking up with the Frenzied SLPs to share a few Halloween activities you can do this week in therapy.

My students love telling me about their halloween costumes and currently, the sales ads are full of costumes! This is the perfect opportunity to develop multiple language skills including comparing and contrasting as well as describing.    

For this activity, students select two costumes to compare and contrast. Students are prompted to provide the similarities and differences in the characters' super powers, abilities, location, mask vs. no mask, etc. Student can also describe the costumes (i.e., category, function, size, colors, etc.) using the sales ads. 
How cute are these pumpkin stickers from Hobby Lobby!? This is a great activity to target requesting, body parts and location words (i.e., top, middle and bottom). I also use them as a quick reinforcer while targeting articulation goals (i.e., "Say 10 words and earn a body part.")
Who's hungry? My students love any activity that involves food! These spooky eyes are super easy and fun to make during your therapy sessions. You'll need Oreos and brown M&Ms. This activity provides a great reinforcer for students that can identify one of their "'EYE' (I) CAN" targets for the day.

Last, I am targeting inferences this week with a Halloween twist. This inference set includes 18 inference cards and a "How to Make an Inference" poster to review with your students! 

Game Rules:
1. Print, cut and laminate all cards and “Trick or Treat” bags (one per student).
2. Use the “Inference Poster” to review concepts, if needed. 
3. Place all cards face-down on the table. 
4. Have students take turns turning over the cards and making their inference. Once they’ve made their inference, instruct students to place their card in their “Trick or Treat” bag. 
5. Watch out! If a student turns over a “Monster” card, they lose a turn.
6. Once all cards are claimed, the student with the most inference cards in their “Trick or Treat” bag, wins the game! 
One last treat...Pumpkin Poo! My students love this treat and laugh every year I give it to them! It's cheese balls in a snack-size bag. This is a fun alternative to giving them MORE candy! :) 
Click HERE to grab the label as my special treat to you!  

Thank you so much for stopping by! Check out other great Halloween therapy ideas at Doyle Speech Works!  

Dallas Blogger Meet Up

This weekend was amazing! I loved reuniting and meeting so many friends that share my passion for blogging and creating for TpT. I love following these wonderful people on social media and it was so fun to meet up with them. Everyone was so sweet and I am very thankful to all the attendees.
The preparation stated by assembling an amazing group of ladies who dedicated countless hours requesting donations, sending emails, making reservations, creating tags, games, names badges and so much more! Thank you to Ashley from Teach Create Motivate, Ally from Loopin' Littles and Sarah from Yeehaw Teaching in Texas for all of your hard work and making this weekend so awesome!
This year we reserved The Cheesecake Factory for the meet up. We loved this location and the restaurant offered a great area for socializing with everyone. The food was delicious and of course we had to have a slice of cheesecake!  

We played a game with Starbursts to learn a little more about each other. We placed the Starburst on the table and instructed everyone to grab two Starbursts (different colors). Then, each person matched the Starburst color to the heart on the sign (below) and shared that interesting fact with the group! Who knew so many people enjoy watching Scandal!? ;)

I loved this opportunity to reunite with friends as well as connect to new ones! We discussed everything from "new mommy" struggles to teacher must-haves for the classroom. Hearing the amazing success stories from teaching and TpT was a huge blessing. Thank you so much to everyone that attended! 
Carrie from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
Bryce from The Teaching Texan

Wow! We are so grateful for all of the amazing donations! Everyone was able to win TWO prizes. We all have giving hearts and we loved the opportunity to bless everyone with teacher treats. Thank you so much to the following companies and individuals that donated:

Carrie from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
Princess from Teaching, Love, Cupcakes
Ashley from Sweet Southern Speech
Bryce from The Teaching Texan

I absolutely loved our favors this year. Each attendee received a delicious Texas cookie from J. Rae's Cookie, an adorable canvas tote from Hobby Lobby and Go Noodle swag! 

Thank you so much again to everyone who attended, donated, and shared our passion for blogging. I am so excited to start planning our next meet up! If you were unable to attend this year, stay connected for updates on our next Dallas Blogger Meet Up.  

Monday Made It

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! This week I used paint chips to create resources for the classroom. Guess what!? Paint chips are free at your local hardware store! 
First, I selected wider paint chips to create color books. For this activity, students can find and cut pictures from magazines that match the colors on the paint chips. Then, you can add a cover (grab it HERE) and attach to a binder ring. Students can complete one paint chip per day/week as they learn their colors.

Next, I selected paint chips with multiple shades to use for a color bulletin board. Grab the crayons for free HERE!
The paint chips with the square cutouts are perfect for this next activity! I added strips with consonants and vowels behind each square. Students can then shift the letters to create multiple CVC words. This is great for kindergartners learning to spell! I created a recording sheet that you can grab HERE

For my last "Monday Made It" I created an interactive activity for students to learn about shares and practice their fine motor skills. I used my 1" hole punch to cut out one circle from each shade. Then, I glued the circles on the end of clothes pins. This activity is so easy to create and perfect for a center in a pre-school or kindergarten classroom. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Head over to the link up to see what others have created this summer! 

Exploring the United States

With the Teachers Pay Teachers sale right around the corner, I'm sure many of us are finalizing a few amazing resources to share with others. I am so excited to share this new resource with you! "Simply Stated" is a complete, comprehensive unit to explore the United States with your students. Information and activities in this unit are ideal for grades 3 through 8.  

 Help your students understand the difference between a city, state and county. The "Simply Stated" flip book provides an interactive activity for students to visualize the connection between a city, state and country while learning about where they live.   

"Simply Stated: Map Quest" activity sheets allow you to assess students' knowledge of state recognition, state capitals and the regions. Students can practice memorizing state shapes and capitals using the flash cards. 

Students are able to explore any state using the "State the Facts" sheets shown below. Two options are included in this unit. Students can complete independent research studies of the selected state using the internet or they can access the information using the states cards.
 Finally, 4 word search pages and 4 state/capital match-up pages are included. States are divided according to their region (Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest/West). 

Click HERE to add this unit to your cart! 
Please let me know if you have any questions/comments! I would love to see and hear how you use this unit in your classroom!