September 19th is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day"....Aargh you ready? This set includes multiple games to address the vocalic R sounds of “or, er, ar, air, ire, ear”. Because this can apply to speech therapy as well as the classroom, there are also traditional /r/ and r-blends thrown in for added adventure. You’ll find a little language mixed in too with synonyms, definitions, and descriptive language corresponding to Mem Fox’s Tough Boris.
~Treasure map game board. There are 11 spaces to move and is general enough to use with any set of target cards (sight words, the R sound cards in this set, math facts…the options are limitless).
~Set of 36 game cards targeting /r/, r-blends, “or, er, ar, air, ire, ear”. Again, options are limitless and can be used for memory, go fish, ticket in/out, flashcards for home…
~Synonym match. Four pirate cards “scruffy, tough, massive, greedy” that match to four pirate ship cards with the synonyms “dirty, strong, large, selfish”. Corresponding to vocabulary from Mem Fox’s Tough Boris., includes R sounds, and are descriptive synonyms. Don’t you love when you can bundle goals!
~Sound sorting. This page can be read as is for auditory bombardment, used as home practice, or as a challenge to students to sort by type of sound. It should be noted that this page takes a speech therapy perspective, in that it sorts by sound production(“er”) not spelling (ir, ur, er). This is to target jaw and tongue placement for the variations of R. A set if dice 1-5 is included at the bottom.
~How Would You Describe a Pirate? One page with four descriptions of pirates with a word bank (six choices) at the bottom. Student can cut and glue the word to complete the sentence “Pirates are very____ (tough, massive, greedy, scruffy) or write in their answer.
~A letter inviting students to become a pirate for the day. Can be used as an auditory bombardment story to kick off the lesson (it includes 48 R sounds), as a sound search where students highlight words that have R sounds, and as a way to carryover the excitement and R practice between therapy, class, and home. You could also use it to kick off a treasure hunt in the classroom or part of the school.
~Game pieces: set of four different pirates with a blank space; four identical ships with a blank space; set of four pirates labeled “scruffy, tough, massive, greedy)” with a set of four synonym pirates labeled “dirty, strong, large, selfish”. Cut out the pirate and insert him into a binder clip to create your own sturdy game piece.
~The vocabulary is general enough for any buccaneer, but also ties in closely with the pirate themed books: Mem Fox’s "Tough Boris", Kathryn Lasky’s "Pirate Bob", Melinda Long’s "How I Became a Pirate", Melinda Long’s "Pirates Don’t Change Diapers".
~Games and cards come in a color and black and white version (to take it easy on your printers!). Game pieces are only in color.