Sunday, February 24, 2013

If You Give A Moose A Muffin: Phonemic Awareness Book Companion

I had a request recently for a phonemic awareness book companion for If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff.  You asked, so I made it!

If You Give A Moose A Muffin: Phonemic Awareness Book Companion


I love using these phonemic awareness packets with my Kindergarten students.  They have so much fun with the activities, and I love that it ties back to the book by using words straight from the book.  It often helps students to figure out words, especially in the blending section.  This phonemic awareness book companion has five different activities.  Syllable Identification, Recognizing Rhyme, Generating Rhyme, Blending Sounds, and Identifying Initial Sounds.

How Many Syllables:


Recognizing Rhyme:



Generating Rhyme:




Blending Monosyllable Words (onset-rime):




Identifying Initial Sounds:



You can find this book companion packet HERE.
Thanks so much for checking this out!  If you have any other books that you would like to see a phonemic awareness book companion packet for, please let me know in the comments area below.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Secret Code Inferences- Using QR codes

At the beginning of the year, I saw a pin on Pinterest that had a  QR code on a little sign outside of your classroom door with all of your contact information.  I made one with all of my information and hung it up.  I'm not sure if anyone has ever actually scanned it (I am in a tiny corner of the school, so not a lot of traffic), but I see it every day.  It got me to thinking about trying to use the QR code a different way.  I decided that I wanted to make an activity that uses QR codes, but what?  Well, then one day, I was working with a Super Duper Main Idea set.  It is the one that has the "secret decoder" light.  Well, my little smarties figured out that the correct answer is colored just a little differently than the other two choices.  I started covering the letters up with a sticky note.  They LOVE using the decoder light, so I really wanted something similar that they might not be able to figure out a pattern to.  Then, I thought, "What if I made my own choices using QR codes?"  An idea was born.

Secret Code Inferences


Secret Code Inferences targets five different inferencing activities.  It looks at answering the following questions using clues: What are they getting ready to do? What happened? What am I? Where am I? and Who am I?  All of the activities have 16 clue sets presented in two different ways- with a choice of answers, and without a choice of answers.  Students can check all of their answers using a QR code reader on an iPad, iTouch, or other supported device.

What Are They Getting Ready To Do?




What Happened?




What Am I?




Where Am I?




Who Am I?




I am so excited about this new activity!  I hope that many of you can use it too!  All of the cute graphics are from mycutegraphics.com.

You can get Secret Code Inferences HERE!  I hope you like the activities, and that your students do too!



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fun & Functional App Review and Giveaway!

Smarty Ears Apps contacted me to review their recently updated app Fun & Functional and gave me a code to use for a GIVEAWAY!

Fun and Functional is an app that targets categorization and descriptive language skills through the use of pictures and audio.  This app was recently updated to work with Smarty Ears Therapy Report Center- an app that helps you to collect data on all of your Smarty Ears apps.

 
When you first open this app, you can click the Support button to watch a video tutorial.  This is helpful, but not necessary, as it is a pretty easy to use app.

Next, you will click the Settings button.  This is where you will customize the game for your student.  This app could be used for multiple students if you take turns, however, you will not be able to collect data for each individual student.  The app only collects data for the one session you are working on. 

In the Settings menu, you may select from 10 different categories.  You can use just one or all of them.  Then, you select the level that you want to work at.  Your choices are Receptive, Expressive, or Alternating Receptive-Expressive.

When you select Receptive, you have a choice of less similar choices, more similar choices, or both.  For example, if the app asks, "What do we wear to go swimming?", a less similar choice set would be a bathing suit and a bike, while a more similar choice would be a bathing suit and a raincoat.  When working on the Receptive part of the app, you also pick how many choices there will be presented on the page.  You can pick two, three, or four choices that will be presented on the page.



There is also an Expressive component to this app. 
 
 
The app pauses on this page, and allows you to ask questions of the student.  It also allows you to record data by clicking Missed It, Almost, or Got It!  This is a great place to have the student describe the item or to ask additional questions.  The app does not move on until you click the Next button.
 
When you are done with the game, you click the Done button.  This takes you to a Results pop up.  If you have the Therapy Report Center, you are able to export this data to that app and apply it to any student who you are collecting data on.  If you do not have Therapy Report Center, you do have an email option so that you may print out the data for your records or to share with parents.
 


What do I think?

What I like:  I like that you are able to customize the number of choices for students as well as the number and types of categories that you are presenting.  I also like the option of presenting similar or less similar choices in the receptive area.  The thing that I like most about this app is that it pauses on the expressive part even after you have recorded your data, so that you may ask additional questions and describe the items.

What could make it better: I wish that you could collect data for more than one student like you can on other Smarty Ears apps.  I also wish that the app itself would save the data, but if you have Smarty Ears Therapy Report Center, then you are able to save the data.

Overall: I would recommend Fun & Functional which is currently listed for $9.99.  Or, you can go below and win it in my GIVEAWAY!!!!

** I was provided with a copy of this app by Smarty Ears in order to complete this review.  I was not compensated in any other way for the review.  Thank you Smarty Ears for giving me this opportunity!





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Friday, February 15, 2013

Puzzle Book

I used one of my favorite thrift store finds today... my Melissa and Doug Animal Puzzle Book. 

 
 
Sometimes I use this for a reinforcing item, but today I used it as a categorizing and labeling activity.  I have a student who is working on labeling items, and thought this would be a great activity for him.  He knew a lot of the animals, so we worked on labeling the ones that he did not know.  I gave him a piece of the puzzle, he named it, and then we needed to find out where it went.
 


There are four categories of animals in this book: Zoo Animals, Farm Animals, Pet Friends, and Sea Animals.  I have my students go through the pages to find the category in which their animal belongs.  There are pictures in the book, so really it can just be a matching activity, but it can lead to categorizing.
 

I love it when I can find something that has multiple purposes!  I'm sure you could just use a regular puzzle for this activity, or even two puzzles that have different categories of items.  There are so many great wooden puzzles out there that are really easy for students to manipulate.




Friday, February 8, 2013

No Frills Articulation

I have four different packets for my No Frills Articulation activities:

No Frills Articulation: S and Z
No Frills Articulation: TH
No Frills Articulation: L
No Frills Articulation: Sh and Ch

I also have a bundle of the above activities for 21% off of what you would pay for all four activities.  Plus, you will have access to any future No Frills Articulation activities that I post (there are two in the works).

No Frills Articulation: Bundle



Here is what a No Frills Articulation packet looks like:

Memory Cards (72 cards):
There are 12 cards for each sound in all three positions of words (initial, medial, final). 
Print two copies of the cards.  Laminate and cut out to play a memory game.


Phrase Worksheets (6 worksheets):
There are three worksheets for each sound in all positions of words. Students can read or repeat the phrases.  There is a spot to record the number of correct responses at the bottom of the page.



Sentences Worksheets (6 worksheets):
There are three worksheets for each sound in all positions of words.  Students can read or repeat the sentences.  There is a spot to record the number of correct responses at the bottom of the page.



Story Worksheets (6 worksheets):
There are three worksheets for each sound in all positions of words.  Students can read the stories out loud.  There is a spot to record the number of correct responses after each story.


My older students love these packets!  They like reading the sentences.  I have put all of the pdf's for these packets on my iPad, and it is a great way to have a portable library of words, phrases, sentences, and stories for the targeted sounds.

I hope you like these packets as much as my students and I do!

Jen