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Speech Club and Mad Libs Monday

I created a new Speech Club this year (and handily tied it to my “professional development” so that my principal would support this new endeavor).


All my 3rd-5th articulation only students meet with me daily from approximately 8:45-9:00am to do a quick articulation drill (school officially starts at 9am). They practice their good sounds with me, with each other, and later with their teacher and parents.

Because it has become part of their routine, these students are at over 90% attendance and about 50% homework return. My hope and goal is that with this consistency, I will be able to graduate many of them from speech this year.

Every Monday we do “Mad Libs Monday” (the inspiration for this post): The students fill out a short Mad Libs that I have created with words containing their target sounds. I tried using pre-made Mad Libs sheets, but they took too long, so I had to remake them to be shorter and simpler. The students first try to think up their own nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. But when they are stumped, I provide them with lists from Artic Tickle Stories. The students then read the mad libs to me, to another student, to their teacher, and to a parent.

This activity helps students to learn:
-words that contain their speech sounds
-parts of speech/grammar
-reading fluently with good articulation
-using good articulation outside of the therapy room

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8 Comments

  1. I had a colleague who had all of her articulation kids come the last 15 minutes of every day. Their progress soared and she was able to dismiss them so much faster. I have never been able to figure out how to do that with my schedule, and now it’s impossible since I only work 2 days a week. I love the idea of the speech club though. I’ll tuck that away for later.

  2. Great idea. My kiddos who come the last 15 minutes are also the ones who make the best progress. I love your idea for mad libs. I will start this on Wednesday with that group of 3rd graders.

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  4. Very cool. Glad it’s working well for your kids.

    I’m a big MadLibs fan. It helped my Godson so much when he was younger and he never complained doing them,

    Hope your weekend’s been great. xo jj

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