Thursday, October 17, 2013

Turkey Trouble for Thanksgiving!


Hi Everyone!

I'm back today to highlight one of my favorite books of all time: Turkey Trouble! I'm serious, people...if I could get away with teaching this book year round, I absolutely would! This book has all the essentials: vocabulary, repetition, predicting, problem solving, dynamic characters, figurative language, and much more! It also fits perfectly with Story Grammar Marker, which you all know I love. And most importantly, it is cute, cute, cute!

This year, I finally got around to creating a companion packet to go along with it. This packet includes activities for ages Pre-K and up. You can see the packet in my TPT store by clicking the title page picture below, or following the link at the end of the post.  There's also an Amazon affiliate link included for your convenience. Below are the highlights:










4 comments:

  1. Whitney, I am interested in purchasing materials from SGM and/or Braidy the Storybraid to use with my speech/lang.students this year.
    Could you possibly advise which materials I would definitely need to start off with (available funds are an issue) and also tell me what is used as far as pre- and post-testing? I would also like to implement this into my annual SMART goal and will need pre/post-test data. (I have already purchased the SGM app)
    Thank you!
    Carla

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    1. Hi Carla! Thanks so much for your questions. No matter what SGM materials you purchase, you will love them. What I would advise you to purchase first, though, depends largely on the ages and ability levels of the students on your caseload. Can you tell me a little about them? For instance, the Braidy doll and Braidy manual are typically used for younger kids (and I also use them for all of my children with Autism, no matter their age). The SGM Story Braid and SGM manual are geared more towards later elementary and up kiddos. As far as pre and post data, there are data sheets included in the manuals that show you how to score the students' story retell to rate their level. I love the data sheets and use them for all of my students working on SGM. They are very easy to use, and are explained in whichever manual you have. Let me know what your caseload is like, and I'll be happy to give you my opinion on the must-haves!

      Whitney :)

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  2. Whitney,
    I serve students from PK - 5th grade along with a class of K-2 students with severe intellectual disabilities. Most of my 3 - 5 students with language goals are also identified as having a learning disability, an intellectual disability, or another health impairment such as ADHD or emotional/behavioral issues. It looks like I will need materials to cover both the younger and the older students but I can't order them all at one time. Will I need to purchase both manuals or could I get away with ordering one and using it for all students? You seem so enthusiastic about using these materials, I thought you could provide me with some guidance as to which items I would need. : )

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much for your questions. I understand that it is hard to order everything at once. Braidy is typically geared towards younger kids, and the story braids are geared more towards the older kids. However, I tend to go by ability level rather than age. I typically use Braidy and the Braidy manual for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades and my self-contained Autism classes. I used the story braid for 3rd-5th grade. This is just my personal preference, though. You can use either with whatever age/ability level. The Braidy manual is a great starting place, and then you could add the SGM manual later. If I had to choose, I'd start with Braidy and the Braidy manual, because it is a little more basic. Then I'd get the SGM story braids and manual when I was able to. (Again, just my personal opinion.) They are both great and they have some of the same things, but the SGM manual takes it a little more in depth. I also own the Autism collection and SGM Write to Learn, and I love both of them as well. You really can't go wrong! Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Whitney :)

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