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Sock and ChalkA teaching friend of mine was sharing one of her favorite writing tips with me last week and I thought it was so clever that it should be shared! She calls it 'The Sock and Chalk' and you read that right, it's not Talk and Chalk. Apparently the technique motivates students to write and provides a great opportunity to focus on the many teaching concepts including: sound symbol correspondence, beginning and ending letter sounds, vowels, and punctuation just to name a few.

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September 26, 2008 at 8:41 pm
(1) Your Therapy Source Inc says:

Want to add a sensory aspect to this activity? To motivate students further with sock and chalk idea, take one old sock and fill with small pieces of chalk. Place the chalk pieces inside the sock and tie the top of the sock off. Using a hammer, smash the chalk pieces (this may be dusty). If you do not have small chalk pieces you can use flour. Now you have a fun ball to throw around. Write letters on the chalkboard. Call out a word and have the student throw the sock chalk ball at the letter that starts the word. Let the kids throw the sock ball at a letter and have them think of a word that starts with that letter. Go outdoors and knock the sock on the pavement to get those hand muscles warmed up for handwriting tasks. Throw the sock balls varying distances and measure the differences between each mark it leaves. The learning opportunities are many for this cheap, entertaining activity. If you need more activities like this check out our website at http://www.YourTherapySource.com.

October 10, 2008 at 8:30 am
(2) sara says:

very nice technique.

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