This 76 page speech and language companion was developed for use with the book, "Just A Snowy Day" (featuring Little Critter), by Mercer Mayer and can be used to target a variety of receptive and expressive language skills including comprehension and expression of nouns, verbs, and quality concepts/describing words, categorizing, stating absurdities, following directions, answering questions, sequencing, story retelling, and describing objects. Speech targets include /s/ blends in initial, medial, and final word positions.
This packet includes an open ended game called, "Chase the Cheese", which can be used to reinforce any speech and language target.
Also included are cards designed to be used with the treasure hunt game, "Cranium Cariboo", by Hasbro, and a game called, "Shovel the Snow", designed to be used with the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) by Sarah L. Smith.
Pages 6-7: Nouns - There are 16 noun cards you can use to work on comprehension and expression of vocabulary associated with the story.
Pages 8-9: Verbs – There are 12 verb cards that can be used to work on comprehension of present progressive verb tense. Use these cards with the open ended game, “Chase the Cheese”.
Pages 10-11: Story Comprehension Questions – After reading the book, “Just A Snowy Day”, by Mercer Mayer, have your student answer questions about the story. Use the question cards with or without pictures depending on your student’s level. (16 cards total)
Pages 12-13: Categories (older students) – 2 color graphic organizers that can be used to sort the household items on page 17 into four different categories (bathroom items, living room items, kitchen items, and bedroom items). Choose a graphic organizer with picture cues or without picture cues based on your student’s level. Laminate and have students use dry erase markers so the pages can be reused. Use with the word list on page 17.
Pages 14-15: Categories (older students) – 2 black and white graphic organizers for easy printing. Use with the cut and paste words on page 17 .
Page 16: Categories (older students) – A blank graphic organizer that can be used to create additional category sorting activities.
Page 17: Categories (older students) - Household category cut and paste words and word list.
Page 18-19: Categories (younger students) – A category sorting mat and household category picture cards.
Pages 20-22: Story Retelling – Attach a tongue depressor, straw, popsicle stick, etc. to the pictures to make puppets OR attach Velcro to the back of the pictures and use them with a felt board. Use the puppets/props to act out/retell the story.
Page 23: Story Sequencing (younger students) – 8 story cards with pictures and text younger students can use to sequence the events of the story.
Pages 24-25: Story Sequencing (older students) – 8 story strips with text older students can use to sequence the events of the story. Students cut out the strips and glue them onto the graphic organizer in the correct order.
Page 26-29: 3-step process sequencing (younger students) – 6 different 3-step pictured processes (18 cards total) and a graphic organizer for younger students.
Pages 30-34: 3-step process sequencing (older students) – 6 different 3-step written processes (18 strips total) and a graphic organizer for older students. Also included are pictures representing the processes to be sequenced as well as blank templates that can be used to create additional processes.
Pages 35-37: Quality concepts/describing words – 12 cards that can be used to work on comprehension of quality concept/describing words. Also included is a black and white sentence completion worksheet to target written expression of describing words.
Page 38: What’s wrong with this picture? – Use these cards (6 total) to target absurdities.
Page 39-41: Cariboo Cards – 15 picture cards and 15 question cards that can be used with the game, “Cranium Cariboo”, to target comprehension and expression of winter vocabulary as well stating an item given its description. Also included is a blank set of cards that can be used to create additional tasks (e.g., following directions, answering questions).
Pages 42-45: Multi-functional winter Scene – Use the winter vocabulary props/pieces with the winter scene to work on following verbal or written directions, identifying and expressing spatial concepts, formulating grammatical sentences, describing, articulation carryover, etc. Written direction cards are included for older students (16 total). A blank set of cards is also included for creating additional tasks. You can print the winter vocabulary props/pieces on magnetic paper and then place the winter scene on a cookie sheet to make it a magnet activity.
Pages 46-49: Describing with EET – 42 noun cards to be used with the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) by Sara L. Smith. Each card includes the bead (symbol) at the bottom indicating which information the student should state. Use these cards with the EET themed game, “Shovel the Snow”, on pages 50-52. Special “cold” and “warm” cards are included at the bottom of page 45. Shuffle in these cards to make the game more challenging.
Pages 50-52: EET Game: “Shovel the Snow” – An EET themed game that can be used with the noun cards on pages 46-49.
Page 53: Describing with EET review sheet – Black and white review sheet.
Pages 54-59: Open ended game: “Chase the Cheese” – Use this fun game featuring Little Critter’s cat and mouse friends to reinforce any speech or language target.
Pages 60-63: /s/ blend cards – Use the /s/ blend cards to target the phonological process of cluster reduction. You can play memory with the cards by requiring your students to find the right and left mittens to make a pair.
Page 64: Open ended speech homework – Black and white speech homework sheet.
Page 65: Little Critter’s Bedroom Scene – This multi-functional scene can be used for articulation carryover, describing, formulation of grammatical sentences, expression of spatial concepts, comprehension and expression of nouns, etc.
Pages 66-74: “Critter’s Winter Day” – This adapted/interactive book can be used with young students who are non-vocal or minimally verbal to target comprehension and expression of winter vocabulary items. Students match the picture on each page.
This download does not include the book, "Just A Snowy Day", by Mercer Mayer, the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) by Sarah L. Smith, or the game, "Cranium Cariboo", by Hasbro. These items should be purchased separately.