Valentine’s Day is just two days away and if you are short on time ( or a traveling SLP ) here are a few quick ideas you can do with your students: no cutting or gluing required. All you need are dry eraser makers, your table, paper towels and Windex ( any glass cleaner will do ). Your table can act like a big dry erase board. I like to use spray glass cleaner to clean away the marker since Expo spray can be a little expensive. All you need to do is spray and wipe.
The first activity is one you can use with synonyms, antonyms, verb tenses and more. Start by drawing some medium sized hearts all over your table. Make sure you have enough room in the hearts to write. In the hearts, write the synonym or antonym for the words you want to target during your session. Give your students the word and have them find the synonym or antonym. Once they find it, they can color it in or spray and ‘erase’ it. To target verb tenses, write the different tenses of the a targeted verb in the hearts. You can ask your students to find the past tense of ‘ targeted verb’, present tense, and future tense. Again, they can color it in, spray and ‘erase’, or they can turn it into a little heart monster. I don’t know what it is, but kids just love spraying and ‘erasing’! They are also big fans of writing on the table. I do tell my students that we can only draw on the table in my speech room because my table is ‘special’ *wink*.
|Here is an example of using this for antonyms.|
You can target multiple meaning meaning words by writing a multiple meaning word in the heart and giving the student the two meanings. They must find the right word to be able to color it in, ‘erase’, or turn it into a heart monster. Now don’t worry to much about re-writing the words and drawing the hearts. I timed myself today and it took about 2 minutes to do 20 words.
For those students of years that enjoy barrier games, try tic-tac-hearts. Same tic-tac-toe game but have the students use different color hearts instead of Xs and Os. After each question, production, turn, etc., they can place their heart.
I hope this has given you some more ideas of activities to do with your students. Happy early Valentine’s Day.