||Google Play & Amazon Appstore
||Story Starters, Parts of Speech, Vocabulary
Shake-a-Phrase is a fun app for students to get story starters, identify parts of speech, and learn new vocabulary. There are three parts to the app Shake It!, Story Starter, and Quiz Me!. Shake It! is a random sentence generator with definitions provided. There are five themes: animals, fairytale, monsters, sports, and shake starter. The shake starter (story starter) provides ideas of how to begin a narrative. Favorites can be saved to a list. Options in the quiz area let you select from 1 to 5 parts of speech you want to practice: nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions. Students are asked to find these parts in sentences. Correct answers are rewarded, but incorrect answers are not tracked.
I recommend this app for classroom and home use for students functioning in the upper elementary to middle school range. This app would also be good to fill in the last few minutes of the therapy. I was given this app to review it, but I am receiving nothing for my review.
I have decided to add a weekly post on a website I am using in therapy. There are so many great websites for speech therapy. I seem to find one or two every week.
One of my favorite language websites for upper elementary to high school students is Freerice.com. This website is great for working on vocabulary and grammar. In the vocabulary section it works on identifying synonyms of a target word from a choice of four, and the grammar section works on selecting a grammatically correct sentence from a choice of two. There are many other subjects, but I haven’t found them as useful for therapy.
As the student answers several questions correctly they advance to the next level. If they get a question wrong it moves back a level. This provides a general way to track progress; unfortunately it doesn’t track wrong answers. The levels can be adjusted to a desired starting point. All correct answers provide 10 grains of rice to the Word Food Programme, helping to feed those in need. Ads are used on the website to get money for the donations, but I haven’t found these ads too bothersome.
I like to use this website with students if I have a few minutes left after completing my main activities. It is also a great website to recommend to other teachers. There is an app for this website in Google Play, but it is basically just the website, with quick access to the different subjects. It requires an internet connection.
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Amazon has another great word association/word finding game as the free app of the day. Bleep is a word guessing game which looks like it would work great during language groups with older elementary students. Two teams play against each other, taking turns guessing a target word described by other single words (e.g., puppy described by dog, pet, cat, kitten, cute). If you are an SLP or want to practice your students’, kids’, or your own language skills, download this app for free in the next few hours. It is normally only $0.99.