I have been busy lately adding a few new items to my TpT store. I wanted to share these new additions with you and tell why I am pretty excited about them…and give one away 🙂
First up, my Interactive Comprehension Books. So far I have one for The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything and There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed Some Books. The books are laid out so that questions follow the story and can be asked as the events in the story come up or afterward. After you ask your student the question and they response, they can remove the question mark to see what the correct answer is. This keeps kids engaged as the story or questions progress. These books are set up to target answering WH-Questions but can do so much more. You can work on sentence structure, having them put the correct answer in a sentence. You can target pronouns by having them use the correct pronoun she, it, they, etc. to talk about the answer. And so much more! I also added little extra activities, building a scarecrow and a puzzle, for reinforcement and fun.
Next up, my Community Helpers Comprehension Book. This little book highlights 8 community members and helps students learn and understand their jobs. Each member has a sentence or two about what they do and a corresponding question on the next page. The question pages have two answer choices on them. After you ask the question, the student can hand you the correct answer if they don’t want to or can’t answer verbally. I set this up so that you can print double sided at home if you chose. This will have the community member and information on the left side and the corresponding question and answers on the right when the book is open. You don’t have to do it like this of course, but it can be helpful for students to reference the text and picture on the previous page. This is a great way to see if students understand different WH-questions and the types of answers that each needs. There are also worksheets for student write or draw why they would want to be a certain member of the community, so its great for Pre-K to 2nd grade.
Just in time for Halloween, I added A Cauldron Full of Language. This packet has lots of different activities for you to use to get your students in the trick or treating spirit. There are activities for: basic concepts, describing, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, following directions, and categories. This packet has similar activities to my Cornucopia of Language and A Stocking Full of Language. I like to think of this as one packet that will fill your whole day.
If you have kids working on vocabulary then you don’t want to miss Context Clues in COLOR: Level 1. I have lots of kids working on context clues but needed a better way for them to learn how to find the information in the text that would help them. I did some vocabulary research to make sure that students were going to be learning words that were going to be applicable for them. So with the help of Marzano, the Common Core Standards, and various text books I put together a list of 60 words. These words are great for students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. Students can read or listen to an original story and then use the indicated color to highlight ( or underline if you use crayon ) the informational clues in the text for the targeted word. There are 10 pages with multiple choices for word meanings and then 10 pages where the student needs to write the meaning, so you have a progression of difficult as the students learn. If you like this packet then you won’t want to miss out on the other 2 levels I am planning. These will span more grade levels and have more complex vocabulary.
Finally, I want to share my Language Rubrics with you. These language rubrics will help you to quantify your student’s language skills has they grow. These are perfect for monitoring carryover and interventions, using them to monitor teacher’s impressions of their skills, great for push-in/inclusion models of therapy and service, and makes taking data in larger group sessions easier. Each rubric has a 1-5 scale with criteria in each corresponding box. There are also boxes for you to record the date and score for up to 9 times. Included on each rubric are lines for you to make notes and a grid to graph your student’s performance.
There are 28 different rubrics written in a modified SMART goal format:Categories, Associations, Verb Tenses, Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Irregular Plural Nouns, Synonyms, Antonyms, Describing, Subject/Verb Agreement, Simple Sentences, Compound Sentences, Complex Sentences, Asking Questions, Answering Questions, Context Clues, Multiple Meaning Words, Vocabulary, Sequencing, Following Directions, Concept Words, Inferring, Summarizing, Predicting, Writing, Main Idea, Details, Voice, Fluency. Even though it’s not language, I had to include a rubric for Articulation. After some tweaking you can now MAKE YOUR OWN mini rubric! I put a how to video on the rubric description at my TpT store.
I have a few more projects in the works but wanted to share these with you 🙂 For more information about these new activities you can visit my TpT store. If you saw something that you really liked, you can enter the giveaway below for a chance to win it! A lucky fan will win their choice of one of my new activities! Just enter below and a winner will be chosen on Friday. Good Luck!
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It looks like you’ve been busy making some useful and nice looking products. Thanks for your hard work!
My favorite activities are those that you’ve created to go along with the books. Having the visuals already made is a wonderful help.
Wow! you have been busy~ Can’t wait to check out of your new stuff! And a giveaway to boot! Whoo hoo!
I’m loving the interactive books. I have a new caseload with life skills kiddos and they love these type of books!
I like the Cauldron of Language!
Love the context clues, and the language rubrics sound so helpful!
I have the rubrics and love them–use them all the time! The Context Clues looks so good and is different from anything I have, so would love this!
I think the Language Rubrics looks great. I am already using your Social Pragmatic Rubrics. This year my district is stressing formative assessments for all students and these would be a huge time saver and applicable to so many students on my caseload!!
I love the Context Clues! They look like something I could really use in therapy. Of course all your products are very useful and well done. Thanks for the chance to win!
Love fantastic giveaways!
I love the cauldron full of language!
I love the There Was An Old Lady books, and the rubrics look fantastic! You put a lot of work into these!
The Community Helpers looks very versatile. I would love the Context Clues for older students.
I hate to say it but my favorite activity would be the language rubrics because I am currently writing progress reports and they seem never ending!!! I need something to help with this. I also like the Cauldron of Language- that looks like so much fun!!!
I love the language rubric. Progress monitoring is so important.
The book companions are so nice for my little guys. It gives them something they can do while reading and keeps their attention longer! So concrete and love the visuals!
I love the Community Helpers packet but really want some of the comprehension books!!
I really like the Context Clues packet. I am always in need of materials to address this, so thanks 🙂
Language Rubrics! They would be so helpful for getting baseline and goal writing! All of your materials are so creative and amazing! Thank you for sharing & the giveaway opportunity!! 🙂
All this stuff looks great, but for my preschoolers I think interactive books would be my fav.
Language rubrics bc I’m always searching for new ways to assess language
I love the Context Clues in Color 🙂
I really like the interactive books. I have quite a few lower functioning students and those books are a great way to target vocabulary. I also like the language rubric. It is always nice to collect specific data about my students especially around IEP review time.
I have your Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid….. comprehension book already and just love it. The kids really get a kick out of pulling off that question mark! We have used the build a scarecrow activity for sequencing during and after the story. It is a very nice product (please keep them coming!) Thank you!
Love all the products! Hard to choose a favorite, but I would have to go with the language rubrics. I am always looking for ways to quickly, but thoroughly check on my students’ skills and these look great! 🙂
I love all of these! The book companions are a big hit with my kids. 🙂