This year I have groups filled with kids who have very different goals. Even when I have a group of three “language” kids, they all seem to have different goals. This makes it a bit tougher to select activities that cover all their goals in a session. I also have groups that have one language kid, one pragmatic kid, and one language/artic kid. Tricky! My solution for this year is going to be doing lots of literature units. Literature units are great for being able to hit lots of different goals in one session. Plus I just love including books in my sessions and kids seem to love it too.
My first literature unit this year is going to be on the book, “Miss Nelson is Missing!” This book is very entertaining and good for a variety of grade/ability levels. It is also short enough to read in one or two half hour sessions depending on how much you stretch it out. I searched around for some pre-made activities for the book and while there are loads around, none really suited my needs for directly targeting most language and pragmatic goals. There was nothing I could find focusing on articulation targets. The book is actually fantastic to use for articulation because it is loaded with “R”, “S”, and “L” words (among others!).
So as they say, “necessity is the mother of invention”, and because of that my Miss Nelson is Missing! Language, Pragmatics, and Articulation Unit was born.
It has a bunch of different activities to cover language, pragmatic, and articulation goals. Here are some of the goals that it can be used to target:
Synonyms and antonyms
WH Questions – who, where, and why
Past tense verbs – regular and irregular
Describing and comparing/contrasting
Pragmatics – expected vs. unexpected behaviors, perspective taking, feelings, problem solving
Articulation – /r/, /s/, and /l/ in words, sentences, and reading
It includes worksheets for language and pragmatic targets:
Game cards and a game board to work on comprehension, synonyms/antonyms, vocabulary, and more.
Articulation worksheets and SLP data sheets for taking data while student’s read from the reader’s theater pages.
It’s 39 pages of activities so plenty of things to cover several therapy sessions. I plan on using it over the next 2-3 weeks with my groups that come two times a week.
The Miss Nelson is Missing Literature Unit can be found over on Teachers Pay Teacher here.