Grammar is not something that is easy to teach in my opinion. There are so many rules to remember and most of them are very abstract. The goal of therapy for sentence structure is pull those concepts down to a level that the students can understand. I have found that the majority of my students need visuals and in the past I have used cues for the meaning of wh- question words. The trouble was figuring out a visual system for word functions. It took roughly a year and a lucky find on pinterest to set me on course with Colorful Semantics....
|I'm turning all of our activities into a grammar notebook for the students to keep.|
|We made these little color picture cubes during therapy and this was the "homework"...write the outcome.|
Colorful Semantics is a program developed by a British SLP that uses a color coding system. It indirectly targets grammar by focusing on word meaning. I've tried it for about two weeks now and it seems to be catching on with my older students. I did alter the colors slightly after looking at the Alien Talk program and trying to coordinate it with my Story Grammar rope.
Orange- Who? People and Animals
Yellow- What ____ doing? The action
Blue- Where? The place
Green-To what? The object receiving the action
Purple-Describe. Tell me more about the person, animal, object, or the action
Red- Emotions- How do the characters feel?
White- When? -Time
|I used 4' die cut circles to make this craft. I wrote our target question words in black.|
|The blue writing is my hint for what the question words are asking about.|
I wish I could afford the Alien Talk program, but I will just have to make do with my homemade version. I found these aliens via Microsoft Word's clipart. I made them all black and white so I could have the colors I needed.
|I've found some cute alien figurines for .25 at Michael's that I'm going to try to re-color. |
Hopefully, the art project will work out well. You could also look for small stuffed animals.