Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Morphology Cupcakery

I'm not sure if it's the same everywhere, but here in my hometown, cupcake shops are all the rage.  Since I'm a little obsessed with sweets and treats, I thought I'd create a game around cupcakes!  Who doesn't like a delicious mini cake?  Plus, if I wasn't a speech-language pathologist, I would love to be a baker!

I had the delight of sorting through all my materials and realized I don't have a lot of games or activities that focus on grammar, syntax, or morphology.  So, I decided to focus on morphology for this game, specifically on past tense, plurals, possessive /s/, and present progressive tense. 

Hence Morphology Cupcakery!

This game comes with:

 5 Store Front Game Boards.

Matching Cupcake Cards

 Morphological Components Practice Cards with Answer Key (regular past tense, irregular past tense, present progressive tense, possessive /s/, regular plurals, and irregular plurals)

Stock your cupcakery shelves with deliciously cute cupcakes! Give each student one cupcakery board. Mix and stack cupcake cards face down on the table or place in a bag for students to reach into. Place one set of morphological cards (past tense, present progressive tense, plurals, or possessive) face down on the table top. Have students first draw the top card of the morphological set of cards. Have them fill in the blank to the card. If they get they fill in the blank correctly, they can draw a cupcake card. If they do not draw a cupcake that matches a cupcake (by color and cupcake style) in their cupcakery, they must put that card back. If they do draw a match, they place the matching card on their cupcakery shelf. Whoever fills their cupcakery shelves first is the winner! Use the playing cards for drill for quick practice and/or use the cupcakery game pieces as a fun reinforcer to any practice!

Take a gander at this game at my TeachersPayTeachers store here!

Happy Speeching!



Friday, June 7, 2013

Monthly SLP Bins

I am switching school districts for the next school year and had a chance to go through every. single. thing. I've acquired over the past two years.  This was daunting, but also gave me the opportunity to organize my materials.  The first thing I did was organize materials that are seasonal.  I had materials taking up space in my speech rooms that I only used maybe one week out of the whole year.  Or, I found materials I completely forgot I had.  What good are materials if I don't even remember where I put them!

To help with this, I created Monthly SLP Bins.

Right now, these bins are sitting in my garage, as we are preparing to move.  When we get to our house, these will have a lovely spot in our basement so I can switch out bins as the school year progresses.

I wanted to be able to switch out the bins quickly and easily, so I created bin covers using clip art from MyCuteGraphics then taped them to the inside of the bins.  I got the bins at Walmart in the office storage section.  They hold file folder hangers and have enough room to also hold games/materials.  

This is a top view of my February bin.  It has file folders containing books and printable activities, as well as a Valentine's Day mailbox I got in the Target dollar section.

This next school year is the first year I will be putting the bins to use and I am hoping to keep adding seasonal games/materials as the year goes on!

Happy Speeching!