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Welcome to speech and language with Miss. Alyssa Cretella!
Here you can find resources and activities on how to facilitate your child's receptive and expressive language skills at home:
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Winter Gingerbread Fun! 
Let's listen to the story Ten Gingerbread Men by Ruth Galloway.
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After listening to our story, complete the following activities below:
 
Practice this gingerbread vocabulary!  Can you use your new words in a sentence?  
 
Let's create gingerbread sentences! What is the gingerbread man's job? Describe it!
 
Here is a gingerbread same and different worksheet!  Do the items match?  Say why they match or why they are different.  
 
Complete this gingerbread spatial concepts activity to practice following directions and using prepositions to define location.
 
Answer the gingerbread "wh" questions!  Circle or color the correct answer.  Ask follow up questions to encourage additional language production.
 
 
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Let's read "Little Blue Truck's Christmas" by Alice Schertle. Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas Trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each tree? Don't forget to save one for Blue! Beep Beep!
 
 
 
 Click on the pictures below for some fun holiday boom card activities.
 
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Find what "goes together" and color the Christmas lights.  

Follow the directions and color or dot the pictures by their category.

If you like "5 Little Pumpkins" then you'll love "5 Little Reindeer"!

Where is the snowman? This printable is a perfect way to work on "where" questions, prepositions, and winter vocabulary. 

 

 
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Week of June 22, 2020
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Please enjoy creating the Things I See in Summer mini book.  Practice labeling the objects, using expanded utterances, and describing the functions of the objects.  
 
You have worked so incredibly hard this year!  I am so proud of all of your amazing work!  I hope you have a wonderful, happy, and safe summer!  I will miss your smiling face!!
 
 
Week of June 15, 2020
 
Grab your towel!  Grab your bucket!  Grab your shovel!  Let's go to the beach! 
This week, we are going to learn about summer!  
 
Let's listen to our story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell by Lucille Colandro. After listening to our story, here are 5 days of summer and beach themed activities to complete:
 
June 15th: Day 1 - Summer Vocabulary 
June 16th: Day 2 - Summer Categories 
June 17th: Day 3 - Summer Same & Different
June 18th: Day 4 - Summer Spatial Concepts
June 19th: Day 5 - Summer "Wh" Questions
 
 
Week of June 8, 2020
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The sun is out!  Summer is almost here!  Let's go camping!
 
This week, we have activities related to camping!  Let's first listen to our story, Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins.  After listening to our story, here are 5 days of camping related activities to complete:
 
 
June 8th: Day 1 - Camping Vocabulary 
*Give your child a clue about the picture, such as it's function
or it's color/shape/size, and have him/her use a
flashlight to identify the picture!
June 10th: Day 3 - Camping Object Function 
June 11th: Day 4 - Camping Mini Book
June 12th: Day 5 - Camping "I Spy"
 
 
Week of June 1, 2020
 
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With the weather getting nicer, it's time to take things outside and have a picnic!  Let's listen to our story, We're Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins.  After listening to the story, here are 5 days of picnic-themed activities to work on!
 
June 1st: Day 1- Picnic Vocabulary
June 2nd: Day 2- Picnic Sequencing
June 3rd: Day 3- Picnic Same & Different
June 4th: Day 4- Picnic Spatial Concepts
June 5th: Day 5- Picnic "Wh" Questions  
 
After completing the activities, you can play "I Spy" and count the different items you can find at a picnic! 
 
 
Week of May 26, 2020
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We have another favorite theme of mine this week- ice cream!!  Let's listen to Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin and then complete the following activities:
 
"Wh" questions:
1. What did Groovy Joe like to eat?
2. Where did Groovy Joe get his ice cream from?
3. Who does Groovy Joe share his ice cream with?
 
Basic Concepts:
There is a big dinosaur, a little dinosaur, and a huge dinosaur.  Can you order them from smallest to biggest?  
 
Object Functions:
What do you do with the objects from our story?
- ice cream
- spoon
- chair
- bib
- guitar
- drum
 
After completing our story activities, here is some more ice cream fun to target language skills!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of May 18, 2020
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Monday May 18th is National Pizza Party Day!
 
To celebrate National Pizza Party Day, we are going to take a virtual field trip to a pizzeria!  Pizza is one of my favorite foods!  I love to put pepperoni on mine!  What is your favorite topping?
 
Let's listen to Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by Kimberly and James Dean.  Can you name 3 of the toppings on Pete's pizza?
 
After listening to our story, let's take a trip to the pizzeria!  Talk about the items on the menu and watch how they make the pizza!  
Here are 5 days of pizza themed activities to complete after our field trip fun!
 
May 18th: Day 1- Pizza Vocabulary 
May 19th: Day 2- Pizza Sequencing 
May 20th: Day 3- Pizza Same &  Different 
May 21st: Day 4- Pizza Spatial Concepts
May 22nd: Day 5- Pizza "Wh" Questions 
 
 
 
 
Week of May 11, 2020 
 

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We have an exciting virtual spirit week this week!  Check out the picture on the left side to see each day's theme!  This week, we are going to learn all about gardens!  First, listen to our story of the week, Zinnia's Flower Garden by Monica Wellington, to learn about growing a garden!  After listening to the story, here are 5 days of language activities related to our garden theme:

 

May 11th: Day 1 - Garden Vocabulary 

May 12th: Day 2 - Garden Sequencing 

May 13th: Day 3 - Garden Same & Different

May 14th: Day 4 - Garden Spatial Concepts

May 15th: Day 5 - Garden "Wh" Questions 

 

You can choose to complete one activity per day or a few activities over a couple of days- whatever works for you!  I cannot wait to see some pictures of these awesome garden activities! 

 

Week of May 4, 2020
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This week, we are reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Eric Carle.  Our book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Listen and watch an animated read aloud of the book here
After listening to the story, can you complete the following?
 
Sequencing:
Use these picture cards to sequence the events from the story.
 
Following Directions with Basic Concepts:
Can you put the caterpillar and butterfly in order by size- smallest to biggest.  Talk about who is big, bigger, biggest.   
 
Categories:
Sort the healthy and unhealthy foods from the story.  What is your favorite food to eat?
 
Attributes:
Can you match the opposites?  Talk about the attribute differences. 
    
Week of April 27, 2020
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Our theme this week is bugs!  These creepy crawlies incorporate a fun and motivating way to facilitate so many different language skills!  First, let's listen to our story of the week, A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.  After listening to the story, can you act out the action words from the story?  Try using them in a sentence (example, "The cat swatted Fly Guy" or "The cricket jumps").
Actions: chase, eat, play, look, lick, swat, jump
 
Spatial Concepts: Play this fun bug preposition game!  Cut out the insects and place them in the correct location described.  Practice using phrases to describe the location (for example, behind the door, on the sidewalk, etc...)
 
Describing/Using Attributes: Check out this catch a bug game!  Describe each bug you catch using attributes, such as big/small, soft/hard, loud/quiet, etc...  You can also use colors and adjectives to describe the bugs!  Which bug is your favorite?  Can you describe and catch all of the bugs?  If you can, place them in the jar!
 
Noun-Verb-Noun Utterances:  On a nice day, get outside and complete this outdoors scavenger hunt!  Use phrases such as, "I see..." or "I spy..." when marking some of the items.  Talk about the functions of the objects and what category they belong in (plant, animal, etc...).  
 
Lastly, check out your assigned Boom decks for the week!  In addition to your goal-specific decks, there is a fun bug hunt that was assigned to supplement our theme for the week.  Enjoy!! 
 
 
Week of April 20, 2020
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I hope you had a wonderful spring break!  This week we are going to learn about ocean animals!  Listen to our story of the week, The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and Will Grace. 
 
After listening to the story, can you complete the following?
 
"Wh" questions:
1. Where do the fish live? (the jungle, the ocean, or the treehouse?)
2. What did the second fish build his house out of? (sand, seaweed, or wooden ship?)
3. What did the first fish build his house out of? (pillows, cookies, or seaweed?)
4. Which house could the shark not munch and crunch? (sand, seawood, wooden ship?)
 
Categories:
Can you name 3 animals that live in the ocean?  
 
Sequencing:
Can you use the picture cards to sequence the events from our story?
 
After completing our story activities, it's time for a virtual field to the aquarium!  Head to the side tab and find "Virtual Field Trips."  Click on the "Aquarium" drop down to find videos of our ocean animal friends!  After checking out some videos, feel free to complete the accompanying language activities.
 
 
Week of April 13, 2020
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Week of April 6, 2020
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This week, listen to the book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  Can you identify and label the zoo animals?  What sounds do these animals make? What was your favorite animal from the story?
 
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After listening to the story, we have a new virtual field trip planned!  Can you guess where we are going this week?  That's right!  The zoo!  Head to the side tab and find "Virtual Field Trips."  Click on the "Zoo" drop down to find LIVE feeds from the zoo and themed language activities to complete.  Some of the live feeds even let YOU control the camera view! My favorites were the elephant and giraffe cams!   
 
I also am adding *no print* resources this week.  This section can be found in the side tab.  These resources are meant to be completed on a computer, tablet, or other device so you do not have to print out any pages!  The no print resources will help us target answering "what" questions, basic concepts, and identifying emotions
 
Lastly, I am attaching a video to listen to the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro.  You can use the no print book companion below to practice labeling the objects from the story, using the objects in sentences, and sequencing the story events!  
 
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Week of March 30, 2020
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*UPDATE* 4/1/20- The April daily language activity calendar has been posted under monthly calendars!  In addition, a section of free apps have been added to the side tab which contains direct links to educational apps offering free access for students.  
 
Please see the attached picture on the side tab for our new virtual spirit week! I cannot wait to see some pictures of our awesome pirates!
 
This week, listen to the book Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley.  Can you identify and label the animals from the story?  What are the animals doing?  Where do they live? 
 
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After listening to the story, we are going to let our imagination lead the way and go on a virtual field trip to the farm!  Technology will allow us to "visit" the farm and take a look at the different animals who live there!  Head over to the side tab and find "Virtual Field Trips."  Click on the "Farm" drop down to find virtual tour videos and themed language activities to complete.
 
Week of March 23, 2020
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*UPDATE* 3/25/20- Goal-specific activities have been added into sections on the side tab.  Please check these tabs often. Additional activities and resources will be added regularly.  
 
Happy Spring! This week, is virtual spirit week! Please see the attached picture on the side tab for some fun ideas!!
 
In addition, listen to the story Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand. 
 
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You can find an online read-a-loud here.  After listening to the story, you will find some activities to complete below.
 
 Goals to target while reading this book include: 
- identifying and labeling verbs from the story (snore, knock, mix, pour, bake, etc...).  In addition, act out the action through pretend play (for example: mixing food in a bowl, knocking on a door)
*Continue to practice action words this week using the set of picture cards sent home in the speech and language packet- identify and label the verbs, then expand into phrases*
- sequencing story events (first, next, then, last) 
- describe the functions of objects in the story (pillow, blanket, horn, basket, etc...)
 
 
Week of March 16, 2020
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*UPDATE* 3/18/20- A section of free resources have been added to the side tab which contains direct links to great sites offering free access for parents.   
 
This week, listen to the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
 
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You can find an online read-a-loud here.  After listening to the story, you will find some activities to complete below. 
 
 Goals to target while reading this book include:
- labeling objects from the story (bird, butterfly, leprechaun, gold, daisy, fiddle, clover, pot, rainbow) 
- targeting pronouns in simple sentences ("She swallowed                  .")
- using prepositional phrases containing "in, out, under, on, next to" to describe the location of objects (the butterfly is in her tummy).
- sequencing story events (first, next, then, last) 
 
 
 
 
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. My email is acretella@howell.k12.nj.us