Talk the Plank Matey!
Articulation Activity – SIGHT WORD VERSION
An interactive articulation activity derived from the Dolch & Fry Sight Word Lists and arranged by phoneme
Includes: /k/,/g/, /f/, /v/, /l/, /s/, /s/ blends, /z/, /sh/, /ch/, /th/, pre- and post- vocalic /r/
Give yourself and your students a break from traditional card decks and allow them to "talk the plank" as they practice their targeted sounds in frequently spoken, read and written words. Give students that struggle with power some choice in their therapy session and allow them to choose which word they produce and roll the dice for multiple repetitions to practice that motor planning. The graphics are engaging to students and they can even create their own planks to take home for extended practice in their home or classroom environment. Have fun with this activity and enjoy your time with your students as you talk the plank!!!
• 18 Sight Word Planks
• 15 Blank Planks that You can Customize to Fit Your Needs with Curricular Terms, Spelling Lists, Vocabulary, etc. or to use with students at the isolation level
• Number Plank to assist in counting repetition of target sounds/words
• 18 Word Lists
• Pirates to move along as students “Talk the Plank”
• “I Can” poster
• I Can Board that students can use to attach their plank to, if desired
Print out on cardstock. Cut out each “plank” (strip) to allow for practice of common core vocabulary words in groups of ten to simplify your data collection. You may choose to produce multiple copies to allow students to have their own copies or allow students to share with one another. The planks can be used as an activity by themselves or incorporated into your existing activities in lieu of articulation cards.
Students can cover words with accent gems, bingo chips, coins, etc. as they “talk” down their plank.
Attach/glue the included characters to clothes pins and have the student move their character down the plank as (s)he talks the plank (and even fall of onto the carpeted sea below at the end)! You can have students Velcro the printed planks onto paint stirrers for extra stability if desired.
Paint X’s on a 2x4 (see photo) or place masking tape X’s on the floor for students to travel along as they talk the plank.
Students roll a die to see how many times they have to say each word as they talk the plank.
A number line is also included if students would like a visual to count productions.
A blank pirate plank is included to formulate your customize planks to meet your students’ individual needs or to adapt for students with language goals.
Paperclip the plank to the bottom of the pirate scene and have your character talk the plank while your student can view his/her “I Can” statement.
Sight words are color coded to indicate position of phoneme within the word and increase student awareness to allow for independent use.
Color coding follows the following key: green=initial position; yellow=medial; red=final (It follows the pattern of a traffic light. Green = we “go” at the sound, yellow= we “slow down” to say our sound in the middle of the word and red= we “stop” at our target sound).
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