A cute, simple visual aid you can use to facilitate understanding of smooth versus bumpy speech and the benefits of using fluency enhancing techniques.
What you see on the slide: The rabbit and turtle both move across the field on the slide. The rabbit moves quickly, but moving is disjointed, repetitive and the rabbit doesn't move far. The turtle starts out slowly and takes a long time, but moves "smoothly" without hitting any "bumps" or getting stuck.
Rabbit moving time - 1.5 seconds (editable)
Turtle moving time - 5 seconds (editable)
**You can even use the slide to have students practice saying sentences while the rabbit and turtle move to help facilitate self-awareness of their own rate of speech.
Watch how the rabbit and the turtle move.
The rabbit moves very fast, but he doesn’t move very far. He keeps bouncing in the same spots.
The turtle moves slowly and even though it takes him longer, he gets farther than the rabbit did. He glides across without getting stuck in the same spot over and over again.
We need to remember to talk slowly the same way the turtle moves to help keep our words nice and smooth. Fast talking might make get stuck and our speech will be bumpy like the way the rabbit moves.