Thursday Therapy: Two Weeks of Texas!

Yee haw! It's almost that time of year again. The time when Texans celebrate everything Texas! For most school districts, that week is next week. But my district had to be different. For me, next week is therapy and then TSHA. While everyone else is out on Spring Break after that, I'll be in school. But I get the next week off when everyone else goes back! Since the next two weeks are kind of crazy, I'm devoting them both to Texas.

I'll be using parts of the fabulous Texas Two Step unit my sister developed. Pictured above are an Ask Away Activity and a favorite book. We'll also be doing Fact/Opinion. The artic kids will read the cards and decide. The language kids will listen to the descriptions, answer questions about them, and then decide. The fluency kids will practice easy onset when appropriate. (Note: the book is not included in the unit. Also, the unit is for K-2, not specifically for SLPs.)

And check out the mockingbird in the cute denim pocket! That's only one of about 25 state symbols. Id did not know we had a state vehicle (it's a chuck wagon - my guess was pickup) or a pepper (jalepeno) and native pepper (chili pepper). Here are all the pockets filled up.

With the younger students, I will plan to pass out the cards and work on categories - Who has a plant? Animal? - and then narrow down. Artic and language students can work on words, vocabulary, or sentences - The mockingbird is the Texas state bird. Fluency students will work on easy onset. Older students will work on social skills by filling up the pockets cooperatively. I'll give them cues - instead of "That doesn't go there!", ask a question - "Does that go there, or would it fit better here?" My students are all ready for Spring Break, so we'll see how the cooperation goes...

This past week, I used CC's wonderful Billy Goats Gruff unit with the younger students. The unit is for RtI, but I used a few of the manipulatives in therapy. The 38-page unit is only $4.50, and it is super. I think it will come in very handy for making decisions about RtI students. The unit is detailed and practical. I can't say enough good things about it!

Older students got The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and Pigs: Fact/Opinion.

I hope you've had a good week! What kinds of things are you roping up?

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