Sunday, October 27, 2013

October Love it and List it Linky Party

Jenna over at Speech Room News has done another Love it and List it Linky party. The month of October is to share Language apps. Below are a list of my favorite apps to be used for language.

Syntax City by Smarty Ears
     This app helps student work on a variety of different syntax skills such as do-does, irregular past tense, have-has, plurals (regular and irregular), 3rd person singular, he-she, was-were, and is-are in a variety of different fun settings. This app allows student to fill in the blank with two or three choices of answers.

Wh Question Pro by Super Duper Inc.
     I love all of Super Duper's products but this app is awesome. Each student selected to play can work on Who, What, When, Where, and/or Why questions. Based on the level the student needs to work on the app can work on multiple choice (3 answer choices are provided), decode the answer (the student uses their finger to use the decoder to identify the correct answer), matching the question to the answer (a matching fame where the app can be set to show 4 pairs, 9 pairs, 16 pairs, or 25 pairs), and drag 'n match (students match the question on the top line with the answer on the bottom line). These cards are similar if not the same as the physical card decks but easier to handle for those providers who travel, like me.

Action Words by Innovative Mobile Apps
     All of my students love this app. When you open the app there are 4 pictures that depict different actions. I use the app for a variety of targets including describing, teaching actions words, and sentence structure. The app is meant to be used as an identification game (a voice names an action and the student is to touch that action), but I turn off the sound and talk about the pictures.

These are just a few of my favorite language apps. Feel free to check out Speech Room News for other bloggers who have provided their favorite apps. Plan ahead for next months linky party which is about articulation apps. I have some good apps for that one.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rhyming with Technology

I spent last weekend working really hard to get a new activity done. Rhyming with Technology has 390 rhyming words from 54 word families (6-9 words per family).

Pages 2-7 are blue, purple, green, and grayscale iPhones with blank icons. These iPhones are mats for the rhyming word icons to sit on. There are a maximum of nine rhyming words per word family.

Page 8 contains a chart with all of the word families in the activity. These word endings can be cut out and placed at the top of each iPhone as a reminder or to help organize the icons. 

Pages 9-28 contain icons like the ones below with words and pictures for students at different levels.

There is also a page of blank icons (pg. 29). Students can write their own words and add them to the list. With laminated blank sheets of icons student can write and erase extra word choices.

This activity can be used in many different ways.
- as a matching activity
- as an identification activity
- present a few words and have students provide more words for that word family

Find this activity in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beef Stew: My Favorite Dinner!!!!

Doesn't that BEEF STEW look amazing? This is one of my favorite meals, not only because it is easy to make, but because it is super tasty and there are always tons of left overs.

To make this recipe you need:
2 lbs beef stew meat
3 tablespoons flour (I use King Arthur's for everything I do, but any gluten free flour will do)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme or marjoram
1/4 teaspoon ground black peper
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) beef broth
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks (i love the potatoes so much so i use more than  potatoes)
1 large onion, cut into chunks
2 celery ribs, cut into 1 inch pieces

-coat beef with flour- put flour into a zip lock bag with beef and shake until coated
-heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch Oven on medium-high heat. Add 1/2 of the beef, brown on all sides. Repeat with the remaining beef.
-stir in seasonings and beef broth, bring to boil, reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
-stir in vegetables and cover
-simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender
-add additional water as necessary.

This meal is better the longer it sits, the earlier you make it the better it is.