So it's not really anyone's birthday that I know anyway, but I always feel bad when I don't get to truly celebrate my students' birthdays. With xx on your caseload, I am guessing that sometimes you have to check your logs to verify a kid's birthday claim yourself!
I think birthdays are VERY important. I use them many times to try to get a language sample. Most kids have a birthday that was very memorable or at the very least a dream birthday party in mind, so I created a little birthday graphic organizer. While I wouldn't necessarily use this as part of a language sample, I could see using this after the fact to help students remember and recall a very special day. I also think it helps reinforce that very special calendar date (which a surprising number of my elementary friends do not know!).
With these graphic organizers, students can draw or write an overall picture of the day, provide 5 adjectives, and break down their day in to three steps (sequencing). They also get a little practice with utilizing ordinal numbers.
While they overall could be perceived as boy/girl, I think either one is appropriate for either gender. Again, I realize that you will probably print this in black and white, but I am in love with that shade of blue!
You may download a FREE copy of my birthday describe graphic organizer at Teachers Pay Teachers! The extreme copy is available here and the star edition here.
Here's a short and sweet post. I have several kiddos who are on the verge of being where they need to be, but still struggle with conversational speech sounds.
I made a similar handout for the reading level.
A few months ago, I posted a link to a Speaking of Speech download I found on the Materials Exchange. I was not kidding about how much I loved it. While it was more based for pre-school, I LOVED the format and decided to modify it a little to help make it fit my needs.
Pat over at Speaking of Speech generously gave me permission to share my modified informal language sample form here with you good people!
I usually language sample my kiddos first to get an idea of what to focus on for the remainder of the assessment. Before this form, I always felt really overwhelmed trying to organize and present the information I found. It's also nice to have it documented that you looked at these things when you are done.
You definitely do not have to look at every area listed, you just leave it blank if you have no information - but it's so nice to be reminded of what you are looking for as you go along. Each area, thanks to the original poster, Jessica D, at SOS, is broken down into categories. I added in possible harmful effects for some areas and ages for which some areas of morphology/grammar become more of a concern.
On the back, I usually copy a form I have from a million years ago that helps you analyze each of the 50 word utterances for grammar and MLU. Since I do not have a right to that, I cannot publish it. :[ I also just staple a copy of the transcribed language sample to the back of the form. I do not break it down into phonetics or anything crazy. I just type the 50 utterances they say on my computer as we do the sample.
I hope this helps you with your language sampling process. Speaking of Speech has a bunch of great resources that I love (many made by the same user who originally shared this!). I urge you to check it out!! Jessica D, if you ever read this, THANK YOU!
I am sharing a copy of this form (with written permission from SOS). Please leave a comment as you download and let us know how you do language samples! :]
Well, hello. I feel kind of guilty, but I haven't thought about work in weeks. I was going through some files on my computer and stumbled across this mini-poster describing, well... descriptions. I made this what seems like a million years ago. It's not my best work (Other Senses has no visual because I am not an illustrator and didn't have access to clipart at the time), but I thought I would upload it. I will most likely still print it and use it as a poster on my visual aid wall! I have a feeling I will be ready to go back to work when it's time. I have some very exciting things in mind for next year, so stay tuned and enjoy!
Check out my Teachers Pay Teacher store for a download of this Freebie!
I am going to share a tale with you today about how I tricked several (and some even difficult) students into saying 100+ structured sentences and 200+ single word utterances in one session - sometimes almost quadrupling what I could get them to do before.