I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here at my house, I enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend with some good ol' fashioned hamburgers. This was the first time I was in charge of the grill, and I did a pretty good job! I didn't burn them or undercook them. Perfection.
Anyway, I'm wrapping up my speech groups and preparing to do the end-of-year wrap up. So I thought I'd share the game I chose for this silly, crazy time of year.
Many SLP blog posts have been floating around about Minute To Win It. I saw a post earlier this year and decided it would be the perfect crazy activity to finish the school year with. I actually went online searching for real Minute To Win It games, and settled on this one:
I made two versions of the game, thinking I would give the "easy" version to my younger kiddos and the "hard" version to my older kiddos. Turns out that my "hard" version is actually impossible. The pieces are cut too small to complete in a minute, even for me. Heck, I'd like to know who could complete it in a minute. The easy version is pretty tricky for them to complete in a minute.
The "easy" version has a cereal box cut into 18 pieces:
You can see I have a model of the uncut cereal box, and the cut pieces in view of each other. My kids did make use of looking at the model, especially since I sort of told them that's how to cheat. Lots of my kids did not finish in one minute, which gave a bonus teachable moment that it's ok not to finish something tricky in a short time period.
I have the video loaded on my ipad, to be like on the show.
I searched on youtube and found a timer I like. There are lots to choose from, with different graphics and music. I like this one the best.
While the kids are assembling the puzzle, I have the timer going, and the squeals of excitement and anxiousness were silly! The kids really got into trying to beat the timer. I had each student try individually, then they got to work as a team. Many groups learned that they could beat the timer when they worked together.
And of course, we all had to do a little work before playing the game, so here are some ways you could target goals with this activity:
Articulation: This particular cereal has some good r-blends: frosted, fruit, bracelet, trees; and you can pick a variety of other words depending on sounds: earrings, red, purple, cherries, letters, lemon, lime; or multisyllable words: pineapple, banana, cereal. For those carryover kiddos, you can have students re-explain how to play the game.
Language/vocabulary: This particular cereal is good for fruit categories; use copula/auxiliary verbs (she is wearing a bracelet, she is smiling, she is happy); and descriptive vocabulary for colors, flavors.
Auditory Processing: If you bring some of the actual cereal with (which I didn't), you could do some following directions with the cereal (give a red piece to me, then take a yellow piece for yourself). Tell a story about the woman/character and ask comprehension questions.
Stuttering: Using fluency skills, explain how to play this game. Or, talk about your favorite fruit. Or discuss why she is wearing a fruit hat.
So, have you played Minute To Win It with your groups? What game did you use? Tell me in the comments! You can choose from lots more of their games on the NBC website here.
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