If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably figured out by now that fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I could write an entire post on why that is, but for now, just go with it. Once the air gets cool, I instantly start craving any and all things apple flavored, which had me geeked for a week full of apple-tivities in my speech room!
I used a lot of books this week (let's be real, I always use a lot of books!), but a few fan favorites from my kids this week were Apples for Everyone, Apples, Ten Apples Up on Top and Apple Trouble. When we read in my room, students listen for their articulation targets, answer comprehension questions, predict, label vocabulary...you get the idea.
This anchor chart hung on my filing cabinets all week, and each child I see got to vote for their favorite way to eat apples. Not only did this allow great learning times for concepts of voting, sharing your opinion, and the concept of "best", we also got to talk about most, least, popular, unpopular vocabulary terms. The picture is hard to see, but apple slices won by a landslide!
My students know (well) that art is not one of my strong suits, so a couple of these activities required a little help from my building's amazing art teacher. She drew up this apple core for me--I colored it, added some velcro, and printed/laminated vocabulary words and voila! My low language students loved attempting to read the vocabulary words and place them on the correct velcro spot on the apple. The cards were a great size for my loves with fine motor challenges!
This anchor chart activity takes apple labeling to another level. I brought in a few real apples from the grocery store and placed them on our small group table. Only one got accidentally bit into :-). Then, everyone got a colored pen and a sticky note and wrote down all the describing words they could come up with to describe the apples on the table. They loved getting their hands on the actual apples, and any time we get out colored pens is a good time. I loved hearing students point out their sticky note to their classmates as they walked down the hall.
Thursday was SUCH a fun day! I worked with my building's incredible occupational therapist and went into all three of my building's functional skills (mod. cognitive) classrooms to make a big, warm batch of applesauce! My Smarty Symbols subscription was a life saver in throwing together these directions for each group
the morning of the activity. We prepped the applesauce in the morning and it was ready to go by snack time in the afternoon! My teachers and principals loved this activity, and the rest of the staff was happy with how good most of the building smelled all day! I used this recipe I found on Pinterest, and it was really tasty.
My little language learners were nuts over these Cut & Go Fall Basic Concepts Books. With everything else I had to prep for the week, only needing scissors, glue and little prep time made me love them, too :) . They took an entire session for some of my students, and were easy to send into the classroom/home for homework for additional carry-over. You can download them in my TPT store here!
Whew! Just re-capping my week makes me need a nap! It was a full, fun week but these are the kinds of weeks that remind me that my job is a whole lot of fun and not "work" at all. Do you do an apple week in your speech room? I'd love to hear about what YOU do in the comments!