Where the WIld Things Are: Book Companion

All time favorite book? Mine is Where The Wild Thing Are 
 I just love it! 
{scroll to the bottom for photographic proof of this love}
I just want to get into the boat with Max an help tame the wild things. 
 I whipped up (well, spent 40 hours of work, more like labored and not whipped) a 74 page book companion that works for both preschool and elementary aged students. Here is a sneak peek: 

Articulation Cards: 88 articulation cards for S/Z, L, & R. All words are from the book. Use the black and white sheets on pages 14 and 15 for ink dotters or coloring each time the students says their sound or word. Let your students search for their sound in the book using page 16. Pages 3-16.

Listening Comprehension: Read the paragraphs included about Sendak and the Caldecott Medal. Answer the comprehension questions. Pages 17-19.

Vocabulary: Students match the vocabulary word to the definition. Students match the vocabulary word to its synonym. Use the included worksheets for homework. Pages 20-27.

Sequencing/Retell: Use the included cards to sequence and retell the story. Pages 28-30. Use the included worksheets to retell the story and describe the characters. Pages 31-33.

EET Page: Use this companion page in conjunction with the Expanding Expression Tool Kit from Sara Smith. Page 34.

Adjectives: Complete the given pages that discuss adjectives to describe Max and other characters. Pages 35-37


Compare and Contrast: Use the Venn diagrams to compare characters and settings. Pages 38-40.

Five Senses Writing: Describe a wild land by creating an image for your reader. Use your 5 senses to describe it. Page 41.

Pronoun/Verb Sentences: Give each student one forest. During his/her turn the student should pull a card and generate a sentence that includes a pronoun and verb, then place the card in the forest. Pages 42-48.

Barrier Game/Felt Board: Cut out the given activities. Add Velcro to use them on a felt board for story retell. To use as a barrier game, split the materials between two students. Take turns giving directions and creating scenes from the story. Pages 49-54.

Basic Concepts: Name the basic concepts and ask the student to identify the correct card. Pages 55-57.

Object Functions/Attributes: Draw a card. Explain how you use each item or what each item does. Then describe other attributes (size, shape, color). Pages 58-62.

Dot Pages: Use the dot pages as reinforcers for any speech or language goals. Pages 63-65.

Comprehension Questions: Use the cards to target story

comprehension. Pages 65-68.

What Doesn’t Belong: Have the student identify which picture does not belong. Page 69-73.

Game Board: Use the game board with any of the task cards to motivate your students. Page 74.

So just head on over to the TpT page and download your copy if you’re a lover of Max and his Wild Things!

Insert #wildrumpus selfie here. Haha. Luckily I don’t mind being a total nerd. Picked this shirt up at a little shop in Ohio. 
Let the Wild Rumpus Start!!! 

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Winter Village

Baby it’s cold outside! I’ve been unpacking my winter themed items and decided to add a few new things! My solution to mixed groups has been to made multiple activity packets for different skills all based around one board game. SLPs can mix and match the decks for each kid in the group. It makes mixed groups a breeze!

I’m home on a ‘cold day’ instead of a ‘snow day’. That purple part is bad news. So I’m excited to take the time to write this today and share with you!

The three packets feature a Winter Village theme. They are played just like the Carrotville and Harvest Acres sets. 
Some suggested ways to play: Game 1: Carryover. Play with all types of language cards. Start the game on ‘start’. When you land on a space, check the location (ice fort, apartments, etc.). Answer the corresponding type of question (ie: if you land on the ice fort, answer an expected/unexpected behavior.) If you answer correctly, stay on the new space. If you answer incorrectly, go back to your last space.

Game 2: Specific Skill Practice. Play with only one type of language card (or one card type per student). The student should move around the board. answering the predetermined type of questions. If they answer correctly, use the game points card to determine how many points the student has earned. You can track these points on the included, ‘My Game Points’ card.

Snow Fort: Name expected and unexpected behaviors for each given situation. 
Ice Skating Pond: Read the emotion listed on the card. Act out the emotion and name a given situation that could cause this. 
Identifying Problems/Solutions: Read the social problems and solutions. Match them on name other solutions. 
Snowflake Faces: Draw a face and identify how the snowflake is feeling. Identify a time you might feel like this.. Create your own facial expressions and add them to the deck.

Sarcasm: Use your tone of voice to say the phrase normally and sarcastically.

Compare & Contrast: Identifying features that are the same/different for the listed items.
Retelling Familiar Sequences: Tell the steps in sequence to complete the given task.


Generating WH questions: Develop a WH question that will match the answer given on the card.

Attributes: Read the attributes and name the listed item or name attributes for the item.

Multiple Meaning Words:Name two different meanings for the given word.

Subjective & Possessive Pronouns (24 multiple choice) & Irregular Plurals (18 sentence completion)

Irregular Verbs (18 multiple choice) & Helping Verbs (24 fill in is/are/has/have)

3rd Person Singular (18 multiple choice)

I’m so excited about this set because they make things so easy for mixed groups! I LOVE easy. For real. Who doesn’t. 
So snatch these up individually here: 

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Spot the Snowflake

Pull out your phones and tablets. It’s another QR code activity! 

Spot the Snowflake is a QR code inferencing activity. Students will try to match clues to the correct snowflake. The snowflakes are have a busy winter. Students need to figure out which snowflake the clue is describing. Some snowflakes are having snacks, some are playing sports, and others are ready to play in the snow. Read 

To play print either the QR code activity (pages 3-9) or the regular version (pages 10-16). If you print the QR code version use any QR code scanner on the phone or tablet. DO NOT PRINT BOTH SETS. I do print both to use them with different abled groups, but I don’t want you to waste ink and print both if you don’t need both!

To play, lay all the disguised dressed up snowflakes out on the table. The students should read the clues on the plain snowflake cards. The rhyme on the card should give the student enough clues to guess which snowflake to spot! On the QR code version, check the answer by scanning the QR code and checking the number on the dressed up snowflake.
I use the non-QR code version with lower functioning and younger student who can’t manipulate the technology or are distracted by it.

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Guess the Gift: Inference Activity

Guess the Gift is the Christmas version of one of my new favorites, Turkeys in Disguise. When I saw that hundreds of you were using Turkeys in Disguise I thought you might enjoy the same type of activity for December! 


Merry Christmas! It’s the time of year when little red and green packages will be appearing under Christmas trees all around the world! Help your student practice his/her inferencing skills by using a clue to guess the gift! 

To prepare: print either the QR code activity (pages 3-10) or the regular version (pages 19-26). If you print the QR code version use any QR code scanner on a phone or tablet. Many can be downloaded for free. The codes are static and do not require internet connectivity. 





To play: lay all the unwrapped gift cards out on the table. The students should read the quotes on the gift box cards. Listen to what the student wants for Christmas and find the corresponding unwrapped gift. The QR code version allows students to check their answers by scanning the QR code. A teacher answer key is also included. 

Use the included worksheets to expand your student’s thinking. After they use the clue to find the gift, write the answer. Next ask your student what other item this child could be describing. 
The activity works either using QR code or without them. 

To give your students lots of support, only place a few options in front of them. To increase the difficulty, play with all 30 cards. 





I print both types. My lower developing students have trouble navigating the QR codes so we use the plain one. 



I hope you’re filling your cart with Guess the Gift and other activities for the big Cyber Monday/Tuesday sale this week! Happy Shopping!

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