July isn't even over yet and the stores are screaming "Back 2 School" already! Part of me hates the fact that summer is coming to an end but the other part of me secretly loves this time of year. I get overly excited about notebooks and new crayons. At the beginning of each school year, I organize my year based on thematic units. Thematic units help keep me organized. I feel that if I know the theme that I am going to be using, I have more direction for therapy. I have a clear idea of what stories I will be reading and what kind of activities we will be doing in speech. I have created a series of thematic units and I would like to introduce my first of the series... Community Helpers!
This activity pack is full of language based activities that also help you hit those common core standards. This year, my state is taking the common core head on, so I want to be prepared. I try to always keep those standards in mind now when creating actives and planning for therapy.
Let's take a little tour inside this activity....
First up are vocabulary posters. I have created a poster for 8 community helpers:
Next up, I have included a community helper matching game. These cards can be used many ways, but I indented them to be used as a matching game. Print out 2 copies and play a concentration/memory type game with them. You could also hide them around the room and have your students name the community helper as he/she found them.
For our little ones working on patters, I included a pattern worksheet. This worksheet includes AB, AABB, and ABC patters.
The picture above is of my game board.
These inferencing cards can be used on their own or as game cards with the game board. Have your kiddos answer a question before the take roll the dice to move across the game board.
These pronoun cards could also be used with the game board or on their own.
Bonus cards for the game! Print as many copies of this page as you would like.
There are 4 venn diagrams included prompting students to compare and contrast:
Firefighter vs. Police Officer
Dentist vs. Doctor
Baker vs. Farmer
Veterinarian vs. Doctor
I love a good writing prompt! After your kids have learned about community helpers, encourage them to choose what community helper they would like to be and draw a picture!
Last but not least, attribute cards! Let students show off all they have learned about community helpers!
I am very excited about this activity! You can download this activity in my store or try to win a copy below! If you can't wait for the contest to be over and want to purchase it now, go ahead. If you win the contest, I will give you another free product of your choice from my store. Good luck!!