I can't believe that no one has every done that. Well, I believe that a little bit of kindness can really change a persons day."
My 4th graders answered questions about Thanksgiving passages and played a game (Pilgrims! Listening for Details by Taylor Rodgers).
"Developing Auditory Processing and Short Term Memory Recall-Thanksgiving Theme" from Speech for ME. In the above picture, it is the sheet next to the iPad that has "Happy Thanksgiving" on it. If you're looking for a good recall activity for Thanksgiving, this is it! All of the passages are situations that the students can relate to. The passages were the perfect length that held their attention, but wasn't so short that they didn't have to think about the passage to answer. (Does that even make sense?)
With my artic kids, I keep track of whose turn it is to go first by making an asterisk on their label, but since this group doesn't play a game every session, I have to decide who is going to go first. So, I use "Tap Roulette" to see who goes first. They always want to do "best out of 3" (or 4 or 5!)! Thanks, Speech Room News for turning me on to this!
Most of my groups played "Get to Granny's", which is a "Troll in a Bowl" game. (Sadly, after doing a bit of research, these games aren't available anymore, which is really too bad!) This game is a "non-competitive" game, so either everybody wins or loses. The goal of this game is to get Red Riding Hood to Grandma's before the wolf gets there. If they picked a wolf, a piece of the wolf goes on Grandma; the wolf knocking on a pig's door (there are 3 of those cards for each of the 3 little pigs) means a piece of the wolf gets taken off, and if they get Red Riding Hood, they move her the number of spaces indicated on the card.
Speaking of Speech, specifically under "Therapy Games". If you haven't considered any of these activities, check them out!
"Mayflower Inferences" by Communication Station, in which he read the 4 words on the card, and determined "who", "what", or "where" it is. When he finished that, we used the cards from "What Am I? Thanksgiving Edition (a Describing Game)" by Queen's Speech. He looked at the picture and told me 3 things about each one.
That was my Tuesday, which also happened to be our "Friday"! I almost hate to put my Thanksgiving activities away...there were a few new ones that I didn't get to. I guess I'll have to save them for next year!