ABCs 4 SLPs: G is for Giveaways - Super Hero Story Recall & Comprehension Pack Review and Giveaway
Many of us SLP bloggers could not help plastering our names on our blogs/products, but one of us bloggers has remained elusive. The author of Speech Time Fun, under the pseudonym "Miss Speechie", has currently authored 50 products on Teachers Pay Teachers. To be honest, I am jealous of her will-power to keep her name a secret (I tried for 2-3 months, but gave in). It is difficult to keep ones' social life, work life, and online presence separate and I applaud anyone who can do that. Anyhow, one of Miss Speechie's activities is her Super Hero Story Recall and Comprehension pack. If your students are anything like mine, they love the super hero theme! Continue reading for my review of this printable activity as well as your chance to win a copy for yourself!
The Super Hero Story Recall and Comprehension game comes with three super hero related stories, a graphic organizer, board game, comprehension cards, and a worksheet. Each story has its own super hero (some male, some female) and is three paragraphs long.
There are three main ways in which you can use this pack:
1. The graphic organizer can be used with each of the three stories and includes spaces to write the character names, setting, beginning, middle, and end of the story. Read the story aloud to a student, then have him or her try to complete the graphic organizer by recalling details about the story.
2. The Superhero Story Questions Game includes eighteen different question cards which ask questions about the story. Read a story to the student(s). Then, have him or her roll the dice to see how many spaces he or she can move, then have him or her answer a question on one of the cards about the story. One of the questions is "What did the superhero save?"
3. After reading the story/stories, have the student(s) complete the last sheet at the end of the packet. At the top, it states "If I were a superhero, my super power would be _____." Have the student fill in the blank. Then, there is a frame in which the child can draw a picture of himself or herself as a superhero.
I printed, cut out, and laminated the question cards, but the story questions board and graphic organizer only needed laminating since they took up a full page. I used this game with a student with auditory processing disorder and another with selective mutism, and it got them asking each other questions as well as answering questions, which was perfect!
What I Like About This Packet:
- It is great to have some fictional stories involving superheroes to work on story comprehension/recall because my students are more motivated with fun themes!
- I like how there are both male and female superheroes.
- Each superhero has an "S" name, which is helpful for working on letter association strategies.
- The board game is motivating for my students to recall information about a story to advance.
- The graphic organizer and board game can both be used with other stories!
What I Would Like to See in Future Updates:
- The stories are a bit too long for some of my auditory processing students, so I would love to see more activities like this with shorter stories.
- One minor nitpicky detail is that the titles are presented in a font that does not use proper capitalization. Some of my students are working on capitalization skills and I want to make sure that they are reading appropriate capitalization as well. Also, the spacing between the paragraphs of the third story is a bit smushed.
- Articulation/Fluency/Voice - Have students read the paragraphs aloud using appropriate speech sounds/fluency strategies/vocal strategies. There are a lot of words that begin with the /s/ phoneme in this story and s-blends (for the word "story") in the question cards. Have students create a super hero story using the /s/ sound as many times as they can.
- WH questions - Students can practice asking WH questions by asking each other the questions on the question cards. They can take notice of the sentence structure of questions as well. Finally, students can practice answering WH questions about the story using the cards.
- Sequencing - Use the graphic organizer with your students to help them organize what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Some of the question cards ask questions about the sequence of the story as well.
- Auditory Processing - Read a story to your students, then have them place the events in order and recall details about the story on the graphic organizer or by using the question cards.
- Receptive Language - Talk about superheroes and what they do as well as some of the vocabulary from the stories (such as "bank", "New York City", "littering", "researching", "guard", etc.). Have children describe superheroes either by stating qualities that a superhero has as a person, his or her super powers, or aspects of a superhero's costume. Compare and contrast the super heroes and their situations from the stories.
- Expressive Language - After the student is done creating a picture of himself or herself as a super hero, have him or her state/write a story to go along with his or her picture. Have students talk about their favorite superhero or describe a superhero movie they saw.
- Pragmatic Language - Discuss character traits of a superhero. Talk about what type of super power each student would like to have. Have them ask each other questions such as "who is your favorite superhero?", "what is your favorite superhero movie?", "did you see Batman: The Dark Knight?", "which superhero would you like to be?", etc.
Super Hero Story Recall and Comprehension is currently available on Miss Speechie's TpT store for $2.65.
Consonantly Speaking was given a copy of Super Hero Story Recall and Comprehension to review and give away. No other form of compensation was given.
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