When I first took my job, three years ago, my caseload consisted of pull-out therapy. Last year, I decided I wanted to incorporate some whole-group classroom lessons for 2 reasons.
1. Classroom lessons are a way to reach more students. As speech therapists, we have specialized training in this area and can model strategies for language development and collaborate with the classroom teacher.
2. Classroom lessons benefit my own students. Now, I'm not just the "creepy speech lady" who takes kids into her office and never comes out. Kids can see me and be taught by me. Usually, by the end of the lesson, the class is crying "Can we come to speech too?"
I decided it best to focus on the younger grades since this is where most of my caseload is. This way, I could also incorporate phonological awareness lessons. I have recruited 2 kindergarten classes once per week for 30 minute language lessons.
Last year, I loved my two classes. However, only doing classroom lessons once per week, I need all the ideas I can get! I have so much respect for teachers every Wednesday after my lesson. Trying to maintain control of 27 students AND still have fun can be a challenge. So....I was wondering, does anyone have any amazing language lessons they do with whole-group classes? I would love to get your ideas! I will be giving away my Halloween Figurative Language Activity Pack (see below) to the first 3 three people who comment. Please include a language lesson idea and your email :)
In other news, I know it is super early to be thinking about Halloween activities, but I wanted to get these out there. This is my NEW Halloween Figurative Language Activity Pack. It's loaded with simile, metaphor and idiom candy cards appropriate for grades 2-5. I have three pumpkins marked "Simile, Metaphor, Idiom." In order to receive the card, the student must:
1. Interpret the literal meaning of the candy card
2. Place the candy on the corresponding pumpkin
This also includes 2 reinforcement worksheets where students complete similes, describe using similes and complete metaphors!
Students who struggles with figurative language concepts often have difficulty with reading and writing. This activity supports Common Core L5.
Best of all, it's only $2 during the month of September! (If you wait until October, it becomes $3.)
Happy "early" Halloween!