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I love getting crafty when I can, so when I decided to read “Caps For Sale” by Esphyr Slobadkina with my students, I knew I had to think of a craft to go along with it. We’d been working on describing with the Expanding Expressions Tool (click here to see my post about the EET) so I wanted to tie that in.

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To prepare, I meant to use our school’s die-cut machine to make some monkeys and hats that matched the Expanding Expressions Tool (EET) colors.  Well, I don’t know where my brain was, but we didn’t have either shape or anything close to them. A quick search on Google turned up some free, black and white clip art.  I printed out a monkey and enough hats for each student to complete the EET.  I pre-cut all the shapes as well to save time.


After we read the story, we described a cap. Each cap stood for a portion of the Expanding Expressions Tool. The students wrote the information under the picture of the cap and then colored that it to match the bead on the EET (green-group, blue-do, etc.)


Once our writing and coloring was done, the students glued the hats onto the monkey. Is there anything cuter than a monkey in a hat?



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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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