Thursday, October 11, 2012

Farm Themed Barrier Game

I have typically done my farm theme in the spring.  Reading Jenna's recent post on Speech Room News about "Rosie's Walk," it occurred to me that a farm theme really would tie in nicely at this time of year!  Pumpkins and scarecrows are usually found on some sort of a farm, right?

Well, I created this one a while back, but have been waiting til spring to post it.  Since some of you may be doing farm themes now, here it is!

A farm themed barrier game: 

The GRAPHICS are by Lillly Bimble from MYGRAFICO.COM.  



*Barrier Games:
 Barrier games are great for listening comprehension and expressive language.  You can play one on one with one of your students, have 2 students play, or have 2 teams of students play.  For a barrier game, you will want two copies each of the background scene and the game pieces (one for each player/team).  You may want to laminate the background scene and game pieces for durability. Cut out the game pieces.



To play, put a barrier (open file folder, large book, etc.) between the two players/teams.  Have one player/team set up a scene using the game pieces.  Then they describe their scene to the other player/team, who tries to recreate the scene exactly.  The more specific the descriptions, the more accurate the recreation.  Once completed, you can remove the barrier and discuss what is correct or incorrect, discuss where communication breakdowns occurred, and brainstorm what the students could have done to improve the outcome.



Grab a copy of the activity here and let me know what you think!



8 comments :

  1. What a great therapy tool, Carrie! I'm definitely going to have to use this with my students :) Thank you!

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  2. I've actually never tried barrier games. This looks SO cute! It sounds really good for giving oral explanations and following directions. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I started a little speech blog too if you want to check it out :) busybeespeech.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world! I'm heading over to check it out now :)

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  3. I absolutely love this idea!! I have a bunch of kiddos working on prepositions and expanding utterances! This will be perfect..thanks! :)

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  4. I LOVE barrier games!!!! Great idea!!! :)

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  5. Many thanks Carrie! I am a student and will be using this on my prac. Awesome!

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