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Back to School Conversation Starters: OWL Get to Know You

Mia McDaniel
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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Do you need a back to school ice breaker? Have mixed skill groups? Then this is for you! Get to know your students better while also monitoring their progress with carrying over speech skills into conversational speech by using these conversation starters.


56 conversation starter cards & 8 blank cards (in case you want to write your own). See the preview for a closer look.


Simply print the pages and cut the cards out along the lines.


I use this activity in speech and language therapy sessions...

  1. to informally assess or spot check my students’ informal communication and also for everyone to get to know each other.
  2. at the beginning of the school year to informally evaluate their “post summer” speech. It gives me an idea of where we are starting the school year with answering questions AND/OR carryover of articulation, pragmatic or fluency skills into spontaneous speech. For my students, that is often a huge challenge.
  3. year 'round to address conversational skills/pragmatics like taking conversational turns, expressing agreement or disagreement approrpriately, practicing active listening, expressing opinions appropriately and so on.
  4. for practicing fluency and articulation strategies in an unstructured way. Lots of my students forget to use their speech strategies when they start speaking casually or spontaneously like this. Activiites like this help address that; sometimes I even record students and play it back. I encourage them to rate themselves or explain what they could have done better. etc.
  5. by putting the cards in a bag or box for them to grab from, and I always take a turn so that I can model good skills for them. Sometimes during my turn, I purposely use dysfluencies, artic errors, inappropriate words or vocabulary, weird gestures, incorrect grammar, etc., to see if they notice. I even ask for critique or recommendations which they are always happy to give :) I let them be the therapist and tell me how I could have communicated more effectively.

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