Who's ready for the weekend?!?!?! THIS GIRL!
I'm so excited to review the Story Grammar Marker app for you today. As you all know, I'm a HUGE SGM fan. I use it with almost all of my therapy groups, and all of the companion packets I make for Teachers Pay Teachers are geared to work with SGM as well. I've said before that I've been so lucky to have taken every training on SGM that has been offered in my area. A common question at the trainings was always "Is there an app for this?" So when the SGM app came out, I was so excited!!! My friends at MindWing concepts provided me with a copy of the app for review, but no other compensation was provided.
Below are pictures of the app in use with the book Pierre the Penguin, by Jean Marzollo. This book works perfectly with SGM. You can see my companion packet here:
When you first open the app, you get this screen. It let's the students know that they are going to practice being a reporter and telling stories. I love the reference to the news. I tell my students that when reporters on TV tell a story, they have to tell the entire story in the correct order, or the listeners will be confused!
This is our final story braid for Pierre the Penguin:
Main Character: Pierre the Penguin
Setting: The California Academy of Sciences Museum in California
Initiating Event/Kickoff-Pierre lost his feathers and was too cold to swim.
Internal Response/Feelings: Pierre was cold, and he was sad and scared because the other penguins brayed at him.
Plan: Pam the aquatic biologist wanted to help keep Pierre warm.
Action Bead/Attempt One: First, she tried a heater.
Action Bead/Attempt Two: Second, the vet prescribed pills.
Action Bead/Attempt Three: Last, Pam made Pierre a wetsuit.
Direct Consequence/Tie-Up: Pierre was warm and began to swim again. His feathers eventually grew back.
Resolution: Pierre was warm and so happy that he built a nest with his best friend!
As an SLP, we are never in the same place for very long. I see students all over the school and private kids all over the county. I am forever packing backs and lugging materials everywhere. (See my previous post on The Crazy Bag Lady!). The iPad has made a huge difference in how many materials I have to haul around. Not to mention that the students love anything technological! While I always use Braidy and/or the story braids to introduce SGM, the SGM app has become an invaluable tool when working on story retell. If you're using SGM and don't have the app, it's definitely one to add to your wish list. It currently sells in the iTunes app store for $19.99 and it's worth every penny!
Have you used the SGM app yet? What did you think? How are you using it?