Expand-a-Story: Initial /r/

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Not Grade Specific
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  • PPTX
25 pages
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Expand-a-Story: Initial /r/ is a no-prep, no-print speech sound activity. It's an engaging activity for articulation students who are working on initial prevocalic r at the sentence level, and are ready to practice during reading. This digital activity also serves as a delightful transition between sentence drills and conversational speech. The images in Expand-a-Story are fun and colorful.

Each of the 14 target words is introduced, then used in sentences to tell a humorous story. The story continuously repeats itself, expanding with each new slide. This requires students to produce initial prevocalic /r/ in more and more target words, over and over, as the story increases in length. Following the story, students can answer questions about it, to work on the spontaneous production of target words. At the conclusion of Expand-a-Story: Initial /r/, students have produced their target sound a total of 117 times! For even more practice, kids can retell the story, focusing on initial /r/ in conversational speech.

To use, pen “Present / Slide Show” mode and click for the animated image at the end of each story page, or to advance to the next page. This PowerPoint presentation can be used for individual and group therapy, during in-person and telepractice sessions.


14 target words

  • practiced at the word level, within sentences, and within a target-loaded reading passage
Total Pages
25 pages
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