Ten Red Apples Literacy Unit

Happy Friday…finally!
Today I am sharing the first piece of our group activity from last Friday’s ‘back to school’ meeting. While we are already half way through September, I thought this would be a fun book to target this month. (I plan to post the activities at least a week before the month that the activity was intended, but I just didn’t have this one in time!)

This is a chart that details the activities and skills addressed. This is information directly from the group that presented about this book on 9/8.

They also included the following links for additional activities:








If you are in need of more apple themed activities , you could refer back to this post from a couple years ago. You may also find some related activities within this fall themed post from Lindsey Ludwig.

Has anyone made or found any great apple-related activities? If you have, post or link to them below or send to me via email. I’ll make sure they make it to the blog!

Book Club-3rd Edition

Welcome to JCPS SLP online book club-3rd Edition. We will be reading Out With It; How Stuttering Helped me Find My Voice by Katherine Preston. If you are interested in participating in the book club this go-around you should check it out!

Just like last time, this book club will operate a little differently than traditional, meet-once-per-week book club! We will check in once per week, but you will do it via the blog!

Here is how this will work:

Each week (the posts will publish on Wednesday mornings) we will cover 1-2 chapters from the book. One person will be responsible for putting together a reflective post for the chapter(s). It does not have to be extremely long or in depth, it just needs to be reflective of what you read. In your post, you should include questions and statements that provoke discussion among your fellow book club members. Book club members will then post comments and/or questions about their thoughts on the chapter and questions posed in the post.

Here are the requirements (to earn PD credit):

  • Each person must sign up to compile one post (covering 1-2 chapters). This post will need to be submitted by the Monday before at noon.
  • Each person must make at least 5 comments throughout the course of the study.
  • You must log on and read the post each week, even if you choose not to comment on that particular post.
  • If you meet the minimum requirements, you will earn 3 hours of PD credit! And you can do it all at home in your bunny slippers! We will start with chapter 1 on 9/27/17. This will allow you time to get the book and get started reading, but also allow us to complete the study before winter break!
  • This is a great opportunity to earn credit, connect with other SLPs and enrich your practice through learning about the perspectives of others! If you have questions or comments, please leave them below! If you are wondering, someone else probably is as well!
  • Please let me know if you are planning to participate by sending an email to: Kinsey.chambers@jefferson.kyschools.us by 9/20/17. Also, if you have a request for the chapter you would like to post about, include that information as well.

ASHA School Connect Conference

Today, Nicole Groft, SLP at Gutermuth Elementary shares some information about her recent attendance at the ASHA School Connect Conference:

Hello fellow SLPs! I had the opportunity this summer, through a Fund for Teachers grant, to attend the ASHA School Connect Conference! I wanted to share just a few things that I thought were helpful and most influential toward my practice. One major focus in the conference was a push toward narrative and literacy-based therapy for language as opposed to drill and practice. Studies show that narrative therapy not only enables therapists to work on a variety of skills during one lesson, but also shows more significant carry-over of skills to the classroom and can reduce planning time after units are established.

One presenter at the conference who was particularly fabulous was Phoung Palafox. Her presentation was very engaging and informational and if you have the opportunity to see her speak, you should! She spoke not only about literacy-based therapy but also about the types of materials and books chosen. She expressed the importance of multi-cultural selections to provide our students “windows and mirrors”. Books can be “windows” that allow students to see outside of their own perspective and “mirrors” to reflect familiar experiences, culture and views. Children require both. She also recommended using books with vibrant pictures to engage students and provide rich visuals. She loves to use Caldecott recognized and awarded selections.

Some books that I have found to meet many of these standards include:

“A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams

“Allie’s Basketball Dream” by Barbara E. Barber (great for a sports unit)

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats (great for winter unit)

“John Henry an American Legend” by Ezra Jack Keats (tall tale/ folklore)

“The Family Book” by Todd Parr (great for family unit)

“The Adventures of Beekle” by Dan Santat (great for friend unit)

“One Plastic Bag” by Miranda Paul (great for recycling unit for older students)

“Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts (empathy/friendship)

“Everybody Cooks Rice” by Norah Dooley

“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt De La Pena (transportation/neighborhood unit)

“Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine (black history/underground railroad)

“The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi


I know books are difficult to purchase with our speech monies, but many can be found just down the hallway! My school librarian is very helpful and will let me borrow books for an extended period of time during my units. Also, I have been granted a DonorsChoose project to help build my classroom library and a Fund for Teachers grant that has also helped me to purchase books and instructional materials. If you have any questions about ways to raise money for books, supplies and materials through grants or projects, please feel free to contact me at: Nicole.groft2@jefferson.kyschools.us

Please comment below with your favorite book to use during therapy!


Thanks, Nicole!!