Do you use Rory's Story Cubes?! It is a great game that can be used in any speech therapy room!
A popular game in the SLP word is Rory's Story Cubes. I love using this game to work on storytelling, articulation, fluency, answering questions, and expanding utterance length. I find that I often have to notify the game so that my students can be successful independently. How do I do that?! I use the somebody-wanted-but-so-then strategy!!
I just take a dry erase marker and write right onto my therapy table! This way, a visual is right in the middle of the game, right in front of the students, so no excuses! I hate when students forget to use their visuals! By having the visual right in front of them, right before their very eyes, no excuses!!
Ok, so the visual is there, and my students are familiar with it by now, but if yours aren't, you can review:
- “somebody” = main character
- “wanted” = what did they want
- “but” = what was their problem?
- “so” = what did they do to solve their problem?
- “then” = how did they solve the problem or how did the story end?
I have my students shake the dice right into the box to eliminate the dice spilling all over the place. When they open the box, they have to take at least 5 of the dice to make a story! I remind them, they can pretend some of the item are something similar!
We take turns by going around the table. I have the rest of the group listen and answer WH questions based on the stories heard to keep them responsible for paying attention. I sometimes keep score or reward bonus points if they use more than 5 dice. It all depends on the levels of the students!
By using this strategy, it helps students know how to organize their stories, keeps them on track, and helps them predict the answers to the questions!
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Do you want to learn about another game that you can use in your speech room? Check out this post about the Cauldron Quest Board Game!