Thursday, February 7, 2013

Let's Race Articulation Centers

How many of you do centers in your speech room?  I've actually been doing them for the past couple of years as part of my professional growth plan.  My previous administration was really big about keeping kids engaged at all times, so I knew centers would be the perfect way to do that!

I've used lots of different activities in my centers.  Here are a few for articulation that I frequently rotate in and out:

  • Drawing/writing station - white boards and markers, magnadoodle, or etch-a-sketch - Students draw a picture of their word while they repeat it
  • Game station - open-ended paper board games that I've printed - Students say a word for every space they move
  • Blocks station - legos, flexiblocks, wooden blocks - Every time they say a word, they can stack a block.
  • Listening station - Hear yourself phones and mirrors - Practice saying their words in the mirror while using the phone to monitor
  • iPad station - iPad - They practice their words using a flashcard or other artic app
  • Computer station - computer programs - I have a few articulation computer games that I let them play
  • Movement station - action cards - Students perform a gross motor action while saying their word over and over (i.e. Say it while jumping)
  • Voices station - feelings cards or voice cards - Students practice saying their words in different voices (i.e. sad voice, monster voice, etc.)
  • Words station - phonemic awareness/word activity cards - Students draw a card, say the word, and then do the phonemic awareness activity for the word (i.e. spell it, tell how many syllables, etc)
  • Card deck station - card decks - I tell them to see how many matches they can find with their cards
  • SLP center - One on one drill time with me, so I can take some good data!
I usually use about 4 or 5 centers at a time.  I put my center materials in baskets with cutesie labels and spread them out around the room.  I store the baskets in my cubbies, so I can just grab and go!

Kristin over at [simply_speech] also has some great center ideas!  Pop over to her blog and check out how she uses them in her speech room.

My newest download is a great way to get you started using speech centers!  Check out Let's Race Articulation Centers!

Contents of this packet include:

-Initial, medial, and final word lists for /r, s, l, sh, ch, th/.  These are for your kids who are able to read.  I also use card decks or artic charts for my kiddos who need the pictures.

-Movement center: Students draw cute little race car cards and say the target word while doing the indicated action (18 cards).

Word center: Students draw a card.  They say their target words and follow the directions given on the card (18 cards).

Voice center: Students draw a card and say their words in the silly voice indicated on the card (18 cards).

Doodle center: Students draw a card.  They say a target word over and over while the draw the picture indicated on the card.  I use white boards, so they can erase.  (18 cards)

Game center: Roll a die and say the target word the number of times rolled.  Move the appropriate number of spaces on the race track game board.  See how many times you can get around the track!

You can snag this packet from my TPT store HERE.

What do you think?  How do you do centers in your speech room?

I've also got a free copy that I'm ready to give away!  Just comment below to enter, and I'll pick a random winner later on!  :) :)


  1. Love this! I would love to start doing centers but it will be tricky due to the lack of space I have...I might be able to have 3 centers but that's about it.

  2. Love centers! It allows for that one on one time we need with each student while keeping the others engaged.

  3. I LOVE this!!!! I have not done centers yet, but this just motivated me to try it. Thanks for sharing your ideas and creating this packet. It's going on my wishlist.

  4. I have not done centers, but this looks like it would be great. Thanks for the idea.

  5. What a wonderful resource for centers! I have very limited space for centers, but I would love to give it a try! And this packet makes it so easy since you have done all the prep work for each station!

  6. How creative! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Luckily I do not have many big groups for stations but I an see myself using this with so many groups.

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  7. I LOVE this idea! I think I may use this for my own professional development goals. What a fab idea. This is so creative and clever. I already purchased the packet. Thanks so much!!!

  8. This is so cute!!! Love it!!! I just know the kids would have so much fun with this. You are so creative! Keep this fun stuff coming! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. I've always wanted to try centers but was unsure how to get started and implement it. Winning your pack would be a great incentive (and help) to trying it out. Hope to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. I have not really done centers either. However, I think this would be great way to start them in an organized fun way. I think this would be great for ESY camp as well!!

  11. Great ideas! I really want to try centers and this would give me a great place to start!

  12. I haven't attempted centers, but materials for it would definitely help me get started!!

  13. Centers are something I'd really like to try with a couple of groups.

  14. Oh wow, what a comprehensive unit and center!! Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing them!! :)

  15. These are such awesome ideas!!! That's why I love 'em!

  16. Wow! Just saw info. about centers at ISHA today!


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