Materials Review: Spring Speech & Language Bundle

Several of us got together about a month ago and decided to do a materials exchange.  I had the opportunity to go in a couple TpT stores and choose the materials that I thought would best be useful in therapy with my kiddos (it felt like a shopping spree!  Wee!).  I had hoped to complete these reviews earlier but time gets away from you when you are busy.  Many of us know just how busy the end of the school year can be.  The item I chose from Renee Gannon from Keeping Speech Simple was her Spring Speech & Language Bundle. 
Spring Speech and Language Bundle 
I have to say one of the first things I love about this packet is that it can be used throughout the year!  I know the title says “Spring” and it is PERFECT for the season.  However, if you are working with any of the following themes it can be used year round: Vegetables, Gardens, Food Pyramid, and/or Familiar Food.   

This bundle is easily used in combination with a literacy lesson on any of the above mentioned themes (as well as Spring).  A few book suggestions that this packet would pair nicely with include: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert, and/or The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day by Loreen Leedy. 

The Spring Speech & Language Bundle by Renee Gannon from Keeping Speech Simple includes:

  • 24 Garden Tools & Vegetable Vocabulary Cards
    • These vocabulary cards are wonderful to target the following skills:
      • Identify pictured item by label given a field of your choice (Fo3, Fo6, etc..)
      • Identify pictured item by descriptive features (color, function, etc..)
      • Grouping by Category (vegetable, garden tool, colors)
      • Labeling pictured item
      • Describing by descriptive features
      • Following Directions (i.e. “Point to the carrot before you give me the onion”)
  • Blank Venn Diagram
    • Use for writing up similarities and differences between the pictured items (vocabulary cards) or between pictured items and items from a literacy lesson.
  • Pictured Item in three sizes (four different sets)
    • These sets are wonderful for teaching the concept of comparatives and superlatives (i.e. “Show me the smallest tomato”)
    • Having students put the pictures in order of smallest to largest, and/or largest to smallest.
  • What Doesn’t Belong Category Worksheet
    • This page can be used with a dauber to mark out the one that doesn’t belong or simply have the student cross it out.  Once the student identifies which doesn’t belong, this page can also be used to practice following directions such as, “Color the shears green and circle the carrot”.
  • Barrier Game Board (I love barrier game boards!)
    • Barrier game boards are wonderful tools to address any target for communication disorders (articulation, fluency, language, etc…).  These boards can be used when working on following directions, naming items on the board that has a specific sound, using fluency shaping techniques at word/phrase/sentence level, using the little manipulative pictures to build narrative skills, and so much more!
  • Following Directions Color Page & Instructions
    • The pack includes a page for coloring and a page of following directions instructions.  However, I found that I could easily use the same coloring page over and over and I just give instructions in the moment (i.e. “First color all the yellow items, then color the girls hair orange”) and changing them up to meet student needs.
  • Open Skills Garden & Farm Stand Game
    • This open ended skills game allows you to use the materials as you need them.  For example, you can use it so that as students fill their farm stand they target the skills at their individual level such as labeling, receptive identification, describing the vocabulary card, etc..  Also, with it being open ended, the rules to the game can be modified to meet time needs and/or student needs.  You can play it until the first person gets one of each vegetable wins, or first to get 10 vegetables at their farm stand, or the student with the most vegetables when the timer goes off will win.  You can have students pick one card at a time or even roll a die (I suggest the ones you get with Chipper Chat from Super Duper with options of 1-3) to determine the number of cards they pick up.
Overall, this is a fabulous packet that is so versatile it can be incorporated into any lesson on Spring, gardens, food pyramid, or vegetables!  I personally love that you can address the same target skill in so many different ways with the varied materials and that you can easily use this with a mixed group of students working on a variety of skills!  You can check it out yourself, here!

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