Three Cool Things: blog post #1
Welcome to this first blog post about 3 cool things I did this week. In an effort to share my “secret genius” (stealing these now famous words from Kevin Honeycutt), I decided that regular blog posts dedicated to share the big, the little, the random, and the totally cool stuff I get to do. Luckily, that is easy, because I get to do COOL things in my work all the time! CAUTION: It’s not totally GENIUS stuff, but it will be fun and practical and I can see all educators using this stuff in their classrooms, or therapists in their clinics, or parents in their homes. Anyone can do this stuff! So do it! Share it!
1. Text innovation (one of my favourite things for language and literacy building).
This week I used this book: “The cat, the rat and the baseball bat” by Andy Griffiths: Which is fun and fab and engaging.
Its at an early reading level for those kids with literacy difficulties, but cool enough to still be age appropriate.
After shared reading of the book, we brainstormed some new vocab words to re-write the story. My student came up with “The dog, the chicken and the cricket bat”. Then the writing began! We used Clicker Docs to support his writing, with the text-to-speech, word banks and word prediction, this is just what he needs to gain confidence in writing! The writing was fun and fast and the student loved the WHOLE process!
And here’s what he wrote: (so cool)
2. Sound manipulation
Here’s one of the things I do all the time, with students with literacy delays. Think of those P-3 students that need extra work on phonics and sounding out and playing with sounds in words. These things will help the development of efficient reading and spelling skills. The task: Basically – its word chaining – change one sound in the word to make new words, eg. I might say “If that says ‘clap’, show me ‘flap'”, :”Out with the ‘c’ and in the ‘f'”; “Touch and say the sounds”…etc. You can do this two ways easily…
Low-tech: I print out Phonic flashcards (from my Reading Doctor software)
High tech: Use the Word Builder app by Reading Doctor.
More info on Reading Doctor here.
3. Roll the dice
Easy language building activity this week. I have one of those cool velcro fabric dices, and this week, I had body part symbols stuck on each side (but, who knows what it will be next time!). So, we roll the dice to get a body part, which we then draw to create a person. I supported choices of colours for drawing with Proloquo2Go core word vocab and also modelled core word language building for sentences such as “Draw legs on the boy”. For some students I also used Key word sign – signing key words as we did the activity.
My 3 cool things this week: 1. Text innovation; 2. Sound manipulation; and 3. Roll the dice! Hope you try one of these out! Would love for you to leave me a comment if you do! And follow me on twitter to keep up to date with all my blog postings! @AmandaHartmann8 Thanks for your support. Amanda