Friday, June 28, 2013

Going on Vacation

As children of teachers, my brother, sister and I always had the summers available for travel and family time. We didn't always go too far from home, but we did always schedule the trip around something educational.

Camping in state and national parks was always a hit. My brother was obsessed with Civil War battle grounds. I loved anything to do with Native Americans. I think my sister enjoyed visiting my grandma's house the most.

What I remember most though would be considered the little things: singing classic rock songs in the car with my daddy and playing road trip games like "The Minister's Cat" with mama.

Vacationing is a great subject to bring up with summer school students. Even if the student has never actually been on a vacation, all children have a place in mind they would like to visit or see. You can also discuss the new terminology of "stay-cation," where you stay at home and enjoy local sights and events.

I created the "Vacation" book series as a way to introduce the vocabulary we associate with traveling. While it blends seamlessly with summer themes, you could also use this book with a transportation theme and discuss the differences between traveling by plane, train, bus, car or boat.

Students are led through simple text with italicized vocabulary words. Questions, activities and role-playing scenarios assess students' understanding of new topics.

You can print this product in three sizes: Full pages for a teacher copy, half pages for a center station, or quarter pages for a take home activity. A suggestion for the center station would be to laminate the pages and provide students with a dry erase marker or crayons to complete the activities. You can also display the full sized images on the SmartBoard or iPad.

I'll be heading to Scotland in a few days to tackle Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. I'm really excited to visit Scotland and I hope I don't embarrass myself too much in front of the other hikers! Where will you be going on vacation? Leave a comment and you could be the lucky winner of this BonBonSpeecher Store Product!

I hope you'll enjoy this vocabulary building activity book. I've made it half price this week! You can pick it up here at Teachers Pay Teachers or at Teacher's Notebook by clicking on the image below.

Safe and Happy Journeys!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Summer!

Today is the summer solstice which means it is OFFICIALLY summer time! Here in the UK it means tonight will be light with the sun staying up until around 11:30pm. It also means there will be loads of people celebrating at Stonehenge. Here at our house though, we'll be having a "Backyard Burger Bash" and I thought I would share this reinforcement game inspired by such get togethers.
Students will love building cheeseburgers using the cards in this game. But they'll have to watch out for ants, which will spoil their meals unless they have bug spray to stop them!
The game includes an introduction card, instructions for gameplay, four plate cards, two cheat cards with ingredients listed, ants and bug spray cards and ingredients cards and a grill playing board. I always laminate and cut out the cards for my students to play with. It helps to keep them clean and last longer.
Using the cheat card for reference you can have them create the sandwiches in a specific order to target sequencing skills or have them monitor their own ingredients to assess executive functioning and organization.

Pragmatic skills are always fun to target using food items as we all have our own opinions about what tastes great and we must use manners when we are around other people. You can teach socially appropriate conversational skills by describing your favorite burger. "I like tomatoes, but I do not care for onions. Would you like to have my serving?"

Requesting is also an easy area to incorporate with this game. Have the students ask for specific ingredients to complete their burgers. They can even negotiate with other players to achieve their goals.

Articulation students can draw a card from the deck after each talking turn and language students can examine the cover page with the cookout scene and then describe the event using new vocabulary.

The possibilities are endless, really... just like the fun one can have at a Backyard Burger Bash!
Grab your copy here at Teachers Pay Teachers or click the picture below to purchase at Teacher's Notebook.
Enjoy your summer break!