Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gingerbread Speech and Language Unit

Phew!  Just finished up a new Gingerbread Speech and Language Unit.  I wanted to have this done in time to participate in the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday plus Tuesday sale.

All items in my TPT store will be 20% off.  If you enter PROMO CODE: CMT12, you will get an additional 10% off the discounted price, resulting in a total of 28% off!

Now... Here's my new Gingerbread Speech and Language Unit!  This is a 26 page document with four different games (5 if you count synonyms/antonyms as two games).

For starters, we have Gingerbread Synonyms and Antonyms:

In this game there are 20 synonym pairs (gingerbread boy/gingerbread house) and 20 antonym pairs (gingerbread boy/gingerbread girl).  I've included blank sheets of each set so that you can add your own words to expand the game.  You can use the cards in a few different ways:

  • Provide several cards to a student as foils.  Read a card and ask the student to find the best synonym/antonym match.
  • Play as you would play "Memory."  When a student finds a synonym/antonym pair, they get to keep the pair.  The player with the most pairs at the end of the game is the winner.
  • Play as you would play "Go Fish."  Have students request "Do you have an antonym for 'girl'?" or "Do you have a synonym for 'town'?"


Next we have Gingerbread Pronouns:

For this game, there are large pictures of a gingerbread boy, a gingerbread girl, and a boy and girl together.  I like to attach these images to a small gift bag.   There are also 50 object cards in basic categories (shapes, colors, numbers, letters, animals, vehicles, toys, and food).  You may wish to have students use the object name or object category (e.g. “He has an apple” or “He has a fruit”).

Game play - Receptive:  Place object cards on the table.  Give instructions to the children – “Give a number to him,” “Give a ball to them.”

Game play - Expressive:  Have students take turns giving an object card to the boy and the girl. 

There are sentence strips included for students who omit those little words!  These include:

  • “He has the ___” 
  • “She has the ___” 
  • “They have the ___” 
  • “The ___ is his” 
  • “The ___ is hers” 
  • “The ___ is theirs” 

The third activity in the packet is a Gingerbread Barrier Game:

You can use this for simple following directions (e.g., "Put the girl between the trees") or as a true barrier game.  To play as a barrier game, you will need two copies of the background and two copies of the objects.  Put a divider (open file folder, large book, etc.) between 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.

Last, but not least, we have Beware the Gingerbread Pirate! Open-Ended Card Game.

Use with any target objective.  Place cards in a pile in the center of the table.  Have students take turns drawing cards.  If the student selects a gingerbread boy or girl, they get to keep it.  If the student selects a Gingerbread Pirate, they must return all of their cards to the table.  The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.  There are numbers in the corner of the card game as well.  This way, you can choose to use point value rather than total number of cards to determine the winner.

I hope you can use this Gingerbread packet!  You can find it in my TPT store!  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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