So that brings us to present time (by the way, the Fokes Sentence Builder came out the same year I was born--1976). Now we have all of these gadgets and advances that give us instant access to materials. Many speech therapists continue to use the traditional method of using paper and pencil tasks or flashcards with students as manipulatives to teach sentence writing (structure). Believe me, I still like to use these, but now that some of us are technology crazy (me), I like to venture out by using the SMART Board, computer, and iPad to teach the same concepts. What would be great? ...if there was a Fokes Sentence Builder app. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is not. There are, however, lots of other similar apps and programs out there that can do the same thing. So, I thought I'd share the 21st century versions of the Fokes Sentence Builder with you.
|Sentence Builder $5.99|
iPad Apps That Are Similar to the Fokes Sentence Builder
This app allows users to practice creating grammatically correct sentences by building them from word wheels. The app features 100 pictures and also keeps statistics to show progress.
|Rainbow Sentences $7.99|
Crick Software developed this app after its success with its Clicker software developed pre-iPad. This app is pretty extensive (it also costs quite a bit more) as it allows you to choose from a variety of levels of sentence structure. One of the cool features is that it allows you to use your own pictures.
|Clicker Sentences $26.99|
Apps for Children with Special Needs
Sentence Key: WHO is DOing WHAT
This app, from initial appearances, mimics the Fokes Sentence Builder in the way that it is structured. Used with Mayer Johnson's Picture Communication Symbols (PCS), this app requires users to construct sentences using picture symbols paired with words. If you know the Fokes Sentence Builder, you know that this is the second level after "Who + is doing."
|Sentence Key: WHO is DOing WHAT $3.99|
Now, I haven't had time to play with all of these apps. I should probably disclose that. I really wanted to see what was out there to supplement the Fokes Sentence Builder. This would be great additional practice for students during independent time. Let me know if you have used these. What did you like and dislike? What are your favorite apps that you use for students who are "building" sentences?