All MindWing products incorporate Story Grammar Marker®’s patented icons to give children a visual, kinesthetic tool for help with “WH” Story Grammar questions and common graphic organizers. The SGM® delves into the “why” question: motivations, feelings, plans—all necessary for the development of critical thinking skills. The colorful, hands-on tools enable children to externalize the macrostructure of the story so they can concentrate on literate language features (microstructure).
The reason that MindWing’s methodology is so unique and child-friendly is the visual, kinesthetic, tactile tools, comprised of a series of patented icons that are colorful and meaningful. MindWing’s tools are three-dimensional, non-linguistic representations of narrative and expository structures. Children can see, touch and move these icons to cue them for the “Wh” questions about stories and help them to recognize text structures in content area selections.
MindWing Concepts provides highly interactive professional development workshops and multi-sensory materials for public school districts, private schools, early childhood settings and parents.
Our goal is to give every child—regardless of age, ability or culture—the skills to think, communicate & learn effectively in order to achieve academic and social success.
Video is 55 minutes long, but well worth viewing, with lots of tips for teaching. Along with Cindy Milner of Pathways for Parents, Maryellen Moreau explains the Story Grammar Marker icons using Braidy the StoryBraid. Clicking on the video will open another browser window to watch on YouTube.
Braidy the StoryBraid® empowers children with the ability to tell their stories! And, the Super Braidy® Superhero Cape provides a motivating way to develop your students’ (child’s) storytelling superpowers!
Communicative competence and confidence is essential for social-emotional learning, language processing, academic conversations, writing, argument, problem-solving, critical thinking and SO much more in school and in life.
This Super Braidy® Cape is a creative, engaging and exciting way to encourage and reward the use of Braidy® in therapy and in the classroom. This bright red and deep violet satin cape, fastened at the neck with Velcro, sports the “Super Braidy” crest across the back.
Included are 9 Lessons, a downloadable Super Braidy® Storytelling Certificate, downloadable Story Starter Cards and the lyrics to the vibrant, catchy The Braidy® Song that is available on CDBaby, GooglePlay, iTunes, or wherever you get your digital music. Empower your students with Super Braidy® Cape!
The SGM® Thinking Bubble Supplement highlights the six most common mental state (thinking) verbs: know, think, remember, realize, believe and understand. The “Bubble” is designed as a bookmark/magnet that can be affixed to the hypotenuse of the Critical Thinking Triangle® on the Teacher Story Grammar Marker® Manipulative and provide the visual, kinesthetic representation of “thinking verbs.” This way the Teacher SGM® tool will have the physical representation of the Mental States that have been present on our printed manuals and materials for many years. It comes with the SGM® Thinking Bubble Supplement which contains explanations of the 6 most commonly used Mental State (Thinking) verbs,
The supplement also explains applications to areas such as social-emotional learning, trauma-informed strategies, academic conversations, social interaction, state standard demands, Theory of Mind, sentence building and complex language processing.
Clip your SGM® Thinking Bubble to your Teacher Story Grammar Marker® today to complete your Critical Thinking Triangle®!
This Deepening Discourse and Thought Manual and the Discourse and Thought Development Chart combine to provide a roadmap for a literary journey through an exemplar text, a children’s picture book entitled Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. This storybook serves as an example of all that can be harvested from quality children’s literature to provide lessons, interventions and therapy with students in the areas of academics and social communication.
The Story Grammar Marker® (SGM®) and its Narrative Developmental Sequence—as well as the Expository Text Structures of the ThemeMaker®—form the cornerstone of the Discourse and Thought Development Chart. The Chart serves as an organizational structure for lessons throughout this manual.
Our purpose is to show deepening use of the Story Grammar Marker® as students acquire competency through modeling and dialogic reading of quality literature. In addition to these companion materials, included is a tri-colored pocket chart for use with Universal Magnets, the complete Critical Thinking Triangle® in Action! Set and both the SGM® and ThemeMaker® Mini Stickers Sets (re-useable).
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This group of materials includes three of our best-selling and most foundational products. At conferences and conventions, colleagues ask, “What are the basic items I need to get started with Story Grammar Marker®?” This Story Grammar Marker® Quick Start is the answer. Get started TODAY!
The Teacher Story Grammar Marker® is a 24-inch manipulative with removable patented icons. The marker is designed to assist education professionals in the instruction of narrative development to their students.
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Set includes a 2-sided 11x17 Discourse and Thought Development Chart with DoK/Bloom’s 2-sided Taxonomy Wheel
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This Guide gets in-depth how to analyze text complexity using the Model of Text Complexity Triangle; Quantitative Measures, Qualitative Analysis and Reader and Task Considerations. Close Reading, SGM®/ThemeMaker®-style is also explained for helping students access complex text. Since their inception in the early ’90s, Story Grammar Marker® and ThemeMaker® have been used to tackle the case of complex text, as is evident in the included Discourse and Thought Development Chart that delves into content complexity for both narrative and expository text, as well.
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The Critical Thinking Triangle® In Action! Thought Process Manipulative has been created because the Critical Thinking Triangle® is the crux of the Story Grammar Marker®, our tool for narrative development, story-telling, personal narratives, comprehension, writing and social communication.
This Manipulative is a enhancement to Story Grammar Marker® and contains 5 elements that connect and interact among each other to enable students to think about their thinking: to infer, solve problems, resolve conflicts, take perspective and more!
Thinking deserves its own hands-on tool. This new tool makes it possible for children to actually manipulate, talk about and comprehend the elements of the Critical Thinking Triangle® including:
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The front side of each of the Braidy® Checkers has the colorful, story icons of Braidy the StoryBraid® in picture form (such as on Our Friend Braidy® Poster) along with checkboxes. The back side of each Checker has depictions of Braidy® making expressions of the 6 universal feelings (happy, sad, mad, scared, surprised and disgusted). Each Checker comes with a dry-erase pen). The Checkers can be used in many ways:
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This set includes Narrative and Expository Mini Magnets AND Stickers: (1) SGM® Mini Magnets, (25) SGM® Icons Stickers, (1) ThemeMaker® Magnetic Snaps!, (25) ThemeMaker® Sticker Snaps!
This new set includes 3 NEW items. You get the 4th item for FREE ($38 sold separately). These mini magnets and low tack, reusable stickers are for use in therapy, small group, individual work, paired work and in classroom settings.
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Each of the 8 ThemeMaker® Magnetic Snaps is a small magnet (ranging from 2"x3"–3"x3") depicting each of the expository text structures found in the ThemeMaker®. Each individual magnet image is a “snapshot” of the 8 ThemeMaker® expository text structures:
They can be used in therapy, classroom centers, push-in, small groups, and for individual students to assist them in accessing expository text, such as in textbooks, non-fiction books, websites, research.
Here is an example of their use with Alaska’s Three Bears.
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These come in a set of 25 sticker sheets. Each of the 8 ThemeMaker® Sticker Snaps is low-tack and reusable. Each sticker image is a “snapshot” image of the ThemeMaker® icons for expository text.
Each includes a depiction of the macrostructure and microstructure of 8 expository text structures: descriptive, compare/contrast, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem/solution, persuasion, and argument.
The most popular uses for these stickers are in textbooks, children’s non-fiction books, individual and paired editing, and revision of student writing/drawing. They can also be used to…
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Closing The Gap: The Early Interventionist's Guide to Assessing and Monitoring Bilingual Language Acquisition in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Birth–3 is a book that provides a foundational understanding about Language Deprivation Syndrome and language acquisition for Deaf or hard of hearing children between the ages of birth to three. It identifies how to appropriately assess both ASL and English languages, develop targeted intervention plans using the Zone of Proximal Development, and monitor bilingual language development over time. Closing The Gap also serves as the instructional guide for professionals using the DRIP-EY.
The DRIP-EY protocol gives DHH professionals a method to easily identify any gaps in language development, develop targeted intervention plans, and progress monitor language growth over time. It can be used to ameliorate the language gap in Deaf children caused by Language Deprivation Syndrome. The DRIP-EY provides you with a visual, concrete document to collect the necessary language data, as well as a graph to monitor and analyze progress in both ASL and English. The DRIP-EY has an easy-to-use system to help you calculate the quantity of intervention needed, based on the size of the language gap, as well as tools to aid the professional in developing appropriate language goals of the highest quality.
Starter Kit: Includes the Closing The Gap: Early Interventionist's Guide, as well as a set of 25 Protocols. Protocols may not be reproduced and you will need one form for each child per year.—$124.95
Protocol Refill Packs: Refill packs can be ordered in sets of 25 each.—$25.00
This book focuses on narrative instruction and intervention with Story Grammar Marker® for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The goal is for all children to have the skills to independently and effectively communicate with anyone in their environment using their preferred modality of communication, including American Sign Language. This book also provides criterion-based assessments for narrative macro- and micro-structure for both English and American Sign Language.
SGM® Mini Magnets are NEW and Improved! This manipulative tool, based on the Story Grammar Marker®, now has magnetic icons for both narrative and expository intervention. This new version includes all of the SGM® Icons for narrative as well as 14 new magnets for expository text. In addition, it includes a second “character icon” for perspective taking and an “obstacle” bead magnet for embedded episodes in the narrative. The Mini Magnets can be used in therapy, classroom centers, push-in, small groups, and for individual students to assist them in re-telling, telling and writing stories as well as for comprehension, perspective-taking and social problem-solving.
And, the most exciting part is that the SGM® Mini Magnets are ideal for parents to use at home to help their children express personal narratives and solve problems. Using the SGM® Mini Magnets on the refrigerator, parents can help their children to answer the often elusive question “What happened at school today?” This is the perfect tool to help build that home-school connection!
Each of the 29 magnets in this set has a colorful, child-friendly icon that represents a part of a narrative/story episode (components of the Story Grammar Marker®).
One sheet of (29) Mini Magnets, 1.5" x 1.5" with the SGM® icons for:
These magnets are designed to be used with Story Grammar Marker® Methodology.
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