Therefore, I am posting my version of Turkey Artic today.
The activity covers ten phonemes: /k/, /g/, /s/, /t/, /d/, /r/, s-blends, /ch/, /sh/, and /th/. Most of the kids on my caseload are working on /k/ and /g/, and I also have a student with a HI working on /sh/, /ch/, and s-blends.
The download includes 5 initial, 4 medial, and 5 final for each phoneme. See below for an example of the feathers:
There are two ways you can use this activity.
The download includes two turkeys that are black and white. For play one, you can color a turkey and glue or velcro it onto a file folder. See below for the two turkeys.
Then you attach velcro to each accompanying feather and have the student create a turkey! The student should only put that feather on the turkey if he/she says the word/sound correctly. The student who creates his/her turkey first is the winner!
The second way to play this is to print a turkey for each student. Allow the student to choose which turkey he or she would like. Then have the student color the turkey. This is the time when you can get a lot of extra language in - requesting, asking questions, matching colors, etc.
You could still use laminated feathers for each child's turkey, or you could print the feathers in black and white (or in color depending on how many students are working on specific articulation phonemes) and have the student glue on the feathers. The color printing might not be too bad since the download only requires one page for each phoneme. Obviously it will depend on your school and how much you're allowed to print in color.
It's up to you to decide how you want to use this activity! I plan on creating just one set for my students, laminating all of them, putting them on a file folder, and attaching the feathers via velcro.
Download the activity for free here: Turkey Artic
(Please be patient while it loads as it is a big file).
What do you think? Will you use it? What are some different ways you will use it?
As mentioned earlier, the speech world is awfully small, so of course there will be some overlap in ideas and activities. Carrie from Carrie's Speech World created a similar activity (her turkeys have different color feathers and are already in color). She targets the phonemes /k/, /g/, /s/, /f/, and /l/. I know I did not including /f/ or /l/ in my download, so hop on over there if you need those phonemes!
I will say that I find it difficult to post my activities as quickly as other bloggers are posting theirs. I know that a lot of bloggers will put up new activities as often as 2-3 times a week, whereas I usually post my new free activities on Mondays. I try to always have an activity for Materials Monday, so that means that I usually create a lot of activities at different times, and I tend to save them specifically for Mondays. For instance, I already have two other Thanksgiving activities created (pretty good activities if I do say so myself), but I want to save them for the next few Mondays as my creative streak tends to come and go. That is why you may see other bloggers posting activities faster than I do. I try my best to get them out as fast as I can, but honestly, sometimes it's just hard to find the time to be creative. Thanks for understanding and being so patient with me sometimes. :)