Once you get one Chipper Chat, you can never go back. This is what happened to me when I tried out Vocabulary Chipper Chat with my students and they went bonkers for it! I knew I had to get another set, so I immediately requested the Grammar Chipper Chat to review. I have so many students who are working on grammatical skills, and the Vocabulary Chipper Chat had so many cards that came with it, so I knew that I would get a lot of practice out of this.
- 30 double-sided, illustrated game surfaces with 18 circles on each including a safari animal word
- 400 question cards with 20-30 per set/grammatical concept
- A foam 6-sided die with 2 sets of numbers (1-3) on them
- 100 magnetic chips
- 1 magnetic wand
- An Instruction Booklet
First, choose the appropriate set of cards for the grammatical skill you wish to target. Then, pass out the associated boards. Grammatical categories include:
- Possessive Nouns
- Subjective Pronouns
- Possessive Pronouns
- Changing Nouns to Adjectives
- Changing Nouns to Verbs
- Regular Plurals
- Irregular Plurals
- Copula (is/are, was/were)
- Future Tense
- Regular Past-Tense Verbs
- Irregular Past-Tense Verbs
- 3rd Person Singular Verbs
- Noun-Verb Agreement
- Present Progressive Verbs
One player, or the teacher, will read a card aloud while the other students listen. Make sure the picture side is showing so that the students can use it as a visual cue. There will be 1-3 sentences on each card with one of the sentences being a cloze sentence. There will be a word given as a cue to change to the correct new grammatical term.
If correct, have him or her roll the die and place the associated number of chips on his or her game board. Then, play moves to the next player and the next card is read.
Game-play ends when a student fills all of his or her spaces with chips on his or her gameboard. Then, each player can wave the magnetic wand over his or her board, or the winner can use the wand to pick up all of the chips.
See the video below for Super Duper's "Show Me How" video for a demonstration of the product:
The instruction booklet comes with more game variation ideas and an answer key for each card. Super Duper Publications recommends this game for children ages 5-11 (grades K-5).
What I Like About This Product:
- I have a significant number of students working on grammatical skills on my caseload. The fact that I can use this product with multiple ages/grades/skills makes it an ideal therapy product for multi-session use.
- Some of my language groups are focusing on grammatical skills and the fact that there are multiple game boards makes it easy to use in a group session.
- The magnetic wand, magnetic chips, and game boards make this game highly motivating for my students. They are all eager to get the most chips and pick them all up with the wand!
- There are multiple cards per grammatical skill which assures that you can play this over and over again!
- The game boards are laminated for long-term use.
- The instruction booklet has additional ways to use the game boards and you can definitely think of more on your own!
- I would love to see an expansion pack in the future because I have a feeling I'm going to be using this a lot!
- At first I didn't really understand the animal names being on the cards. Now that I read the instructions for the Syntax Safari game, I am not sure that my students would be as enthusiastic about coming up with sentence after sentence about the same animal.
- Articulation/Fluency/Voice - Have student(s) read the game cards aloud using their best speech sounds, fluency strategies, or vocal strategies.
- Adjectives - The "Changing Nouns to Adjectives" cards can be used to work on adjectives. In addition, you can have your clients describe details about the pictures on the other side of the cards.
- Comparatives and Superlatives - "Comparatives" and "Superlatives" cards focus on these skills by showing three different items of different size to compare.
- Expressive Language - Have your clients give their own sentences for what is happening on the cards using appropriate grammar.
- Following Directions - Have students follow directions by pointing to different items in the pictures on the front of the cards.
- Grammar - The Grammar Chipper Chat has "grammar" in the name! It works on 17 different grammatical concepts. You can also have the client use the grammatical term in their own sentence.
- Nouns - The "Changing Nouns to Adjectives", "Changing Nouns to Verbs", and "Possessive Nouns" cards all focus on noun use. You can also have clients name different items in the pictures on the other side of the cards.
- Plural Nouns - The "Regular Plurals" and "Irregular Plurals" cards both work on plural nouns.
- Possessives - There are two card sets which work on possessives - "Possessive Pronouns" and "Possessive Nouns".
- Prepositions - The "Prepositions" card set focuses specifically on prepositions.
- Pronouns - There are two different types of pronouns that this chipper chat focuses on - subjective and possessive. You can also work on plural pronouns if there is more than one person in the image on the front of a card or in the sentence on the back of a card. Same with objective pronouns.
- Syntax - Even though these cards focus on specific grammatical concepts, each card has a cloze sentence on it to fill in the blank with the appropriate word. In addition, here is generally a sentence in which the client must change one word to another using correct grammar. Finally, there are a lot of different sentence types/structures and verb tenses which the cards work on.
- Verbs - There are an incredible amount of cards that work on different types of verbs - "Changing Nouns to Verbs", "Copula (is/are, was/were)", "Future Tense", "Regular Past-Tense Verbs", "Irregular Past-Tense Verbs", "3rd Person Singular Verbs", "Noun-Verb Agreement", and "Present Progressive Verbs".
- Writing - Have students write their own sentences for what is happening on the cards.
Grammar Chipper Chat is available from Super Duper Publications for $64.95. Extra magnetic chips and wands can be purchased as well.
Consonantly Speaking was given Grammar Chipper Chat to review and use with students. No other form of compensation was given.