Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sorry for Social Skills

I am so excited to finally have finished and posted this activity. I started this activity for a student who I was working with last school year (within the last few weeks of school) and didn't get it finished before the end of the year. I would like to introduce everyone to Sorry for Social Skills.

This activity is based on the classic board game Sorry, but includes a game board and game pieces for those who do not have the game. Each card has a number with instructions as well as a social situation with questions for discussion. The student can follow the insturctions on the card if you feel the student has appropriately answered the questions. The social skills scenarios include topics such as: airplane trips, bathroom rules, birthday parties, clothing, eating, friendship, life skills, and school. The file also includes a separate document with the scenarios and the target skill that each story is meant to reflect.

The game board is set up to be a file folder game. Print, laminate, and glue into a folder for stability.
Find this activity in my TPT store here.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Love It and List It Linky Party!!!

Jenna over at Speech Room News has created a new link up idea to share different aspects of the Speech Room. This month's theme is: Games I Love. Below you will find my favorite games to play in speech.

1. Uno/ Whac-A-Mole/Blink
Uno was the first game I used in my speech room and the students loved it. They must have learned to play a different way because I still can't figure out the rules they use. Blink is a more complex version of Uno that I play with my middle and high school students.

Whac-A-Mole is similar to war where the students flip cards over and slap the pile when they get the same color or a wild. The goal is to get all the cards. (There is a deck for sale on Speech Therapy Materials Auction facebook page. )

2. Flippin' Frogs Game
I found this game at a garage sale, not really realizing what it was, and not realizing how much my students were going to go crazy when they saw this game. The game consists of a tree that spins with a nature sound component and students flip frogs offa lily pad trying to get them stuck in the tree. At the end of the round the tree flips up trying to knock the frogs off. I gave my students 2 frogs after a specific number of activities were completed and the person with the most points at the end of the session got a prize from the prize box.

3. Chutes and Ladders
I love using Chutes and Ladders to help students with describing/verbs/sentences/language. The game board in both the old and new versions have pictures throughout the board.

Hope this helps.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July SLP Link Up

First off, I want to thank Laura at All Yall Need for this month's SLP Link Up. You can read my answers below and the answers from other SLPs on her blog.

Just- dealing with health issues I put off during the year and recovering from minor surgery. I feel like everything catches up with me when i'm on vacation.

Using- my computer to create new activities for my TPT store. I am using my down time this summer to create activities I had thought about during the year and never had time to make.

Loving- getting to sleep in and execute new recipes. I feel like during the school year I am up at the same time every day and by the time I come home I still have to get notes finished and submitted online. I don't have time to experiment with recipes and try new things. I have basically mastered Gluten Free baking but am now devoting more time to actual entrees and not dessert.

Yummy- frozen yogurt on the triple digit and humid Los Angeles days. I think the guy who works at my local fro yo place is starting to recognize me when I call to get the daily flavors and when I come in. I also recently found a new Gluten Free Bakery a few miles away and the guy who works behind the counter is really hot but can't take a hint. They make the best gluten free baked goods I have found in a store in the last four years.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Baked Eggs and Avocado

I originally found this recipe on my facebook newsfeed, but thought it seemed like an easy breakfast. To make this breakfast you need:

Bacon (turkey bacon was used in this recipe)
Cayenne pepper seasoning

Note: this recipe is easy to make for many people. I only made one because I only had one avocado available to me and I was the only one eating. Keep in mind you need 2 eggs per avocado.

To make this delicious treat:
-preheat the oven to 425 degrees
-cut your avocado open and remove the pit
-use a spoon to remove some of the avocado flesh around the pit to make a well for the egg
-put the avocado halves into the cooking container of your choice and make sure they stable using aluminum foil to help. The original facebook post said that you can use a cupcake tin for cooking if making many halves, or ramekins or a casserole dish for smaller quantities.
-season the avocado with salt and pepper before adding the egg.
-crack an egg into the well. I used an extra large egg, cracked directly into the avocado, and it was too big for the well I made and made a mess. Next time I would separate the egg and the yolk, put the yolk in the well and then use as much white as I could.
-sprinkle top of egg and avocado with cayenne pepper.
-cook 1-2 pieces of your favorite bacon product and crumble for topping.
-if you prefer your yolks runny, cook for 15 minutes and check for doneness. If you prefer your yolks hard cook for 20 minutes.

To eat this breakfast I warmed a few corn tortillas and scooped the avocado and egg mix into a tortilla for a more solid meal. There was extra bacon after the picture above so I added it to my tortillas.

Find a similar recipe HERE!

Keep in mind you can anything to the top of your avocado and eggs once cooked. I'm thinking scallions, cheese, bacon, hot sauce, ham, sausage, sautéed spinach or anything in your fridge you desire.

If you make this recipe and add something different to the top, please share your creation.


Teaching Third Person Singular

There is a new activity in my TPT store to teach third person singular.
The activity contains two levels to help students identify and use this grammar skill. There is also an explanation sheet to show students how third person singular and plural are formed.

Level one of the activity allows student to pick the correct form of the verb to occupy a blank.

Level two provides two different verbs for students to select the correct verb and change it into its appropriate form to fill in the blank.

I also love the "things that fly theme" on this activity. Find this activity HERE.