Every school district and college in Arkansas is on spring break this week. I was determined that I wasn’t going to spend my break with lesson plans hanging over my head, so I buckled down and got them done on Friday! Next week, spring will have sprung in the speech room!
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This is the artic gameboard that I made for the week. My kids are really loving these gameboards, so I’ll keep making them for a while. I used Google images of flowers, ducklings and other spring things. The “oh no” squares are bees. I called them “bee sting” squares and put a caption on them that says “lose a turn” or “go back # squares.” We’ll use either artic cards or an artic app on the iPad for stimulus pictures. I use the Super Duper electronic spinner for all board games.
I made this super cute flower to work on descriptors. Each petal has a different descriptor prompt on it. I used the prompts from the Expanding Expression Tool. The picture is a coloring page that I found online and copied onto purple construction paper.
I’m using the book Could It Be? for therapy next week. It’s a cute little book about the sounds of spring. A bear is awoken from hibernation by a sound, but you don’t find out what the sound was until the end. The rest of the book says things like, “Was it the ice cracking in the pond? No, but the fish heard the cracking.” I made this folder game with pictures of the items in the book. As we read the book, we’ll have the kids choose the right pictures to match the words. There’s a lot of vocabulary to discuss. We’ll make sure the kids not only know the animals and items, but also the sounds and actions.
For our second session, I’m differentiating a little more. We’ll start by reviewing the book and its vocabulary. My higher level kids will then work together to complete a SPRING acrostic. My lower level kids will watch a video about spring to reinforce vocabulary. We’ll ask them questions about the video after we watch it.
They will also work on an activity that requires them to follow directions to color a picture of a bouquet of flowers. (I don’t have that to upload because it’s from a book that my mom used when she taught 2nd grade in 1986!)
Happy Spring, everyone!