Communication @PPtitude is an informative site that covers advancements and innovations in speech-language technology, techniques and ideas. Written by Deena Seifert M.S., CCC-SLP and Beth Lawrence, MA, CCC-SLP, the site offers insights on comprehension, literacy, memory strategies, vocabulary and more.
Recently, Seifert’s article entitled “Language Games to Improve Sentence Skills” outlined the top games teachers and homeschooling parents can use to boost achievement in sentence construction. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“If you are looking to add some games to your family or work collection, there are quite a few games in the stores now to improve sentence structure. Improving a student’s sentence structure is not just important for conversational skills, but it’s the building block of written language.
Before a child can write simple, compound and complex sentences, they must first be able to use them aloud. We do a lot of practice with our students in oral syntax (grammar). We practice making complete sentences aloud with and without pictures for cues. Just practicing this skill can be very hum drum, so I try to incorporate a game or two into our speech-language sessions to make working on this skill more fun. Here are just a few of my favorite sentence games…
You’ve Been Sentenced! is a fun game of pentagonal-shaped cards. Each side of every card has a word and the points that word is worth. Players try to make the longest, most grammatically correct sentence they can and score points in the process. This has been a big hit with middle school and high school students. You can play the game as is or add on additional decks. It has add ons for players interested in pop culture, science fiction/fantasy, word challenges, sports highlights and gourmet.”
Seifert also suggests MadLibs Criss Cross Board Game, Rory’s Story Cubes and Rory’s Action Deck. To read the article in its entirety, visit Communication @PPtitude.
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