Shamrock Floats, Freezes, and Shakes!!!

Categories: Cooking | Spring

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I love cooking in speech!  Cooking is a fun way to target following directions, sequencing, requesting, learning new vocabulary, answering questions, and turn-taking with peers.  When I create a recipe I typically make 2 different types of recipes….a Picture Recipe and a Written Recipe.  Then I have follow-up activities to go with the recipes depending on the students’ ability and goals. This set of 3 Recipe Units {Shamrock Shakes, Freezes, & Floats} comes complete with extension activities! Perfect to celebrate St. Patty’s Day next month!

Shamrock Floats – I did this as a whole class lesson in my blended preschool classroom and it worked out great.  The kids loved it and it was simple to do.  (Plus it’s gluten and dairy free for some of our students with restricted diets).



As we made the floats I reviewed the concepts 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  I cut out the numbers 1,2, and 3 and added the number onto the ingredient as we used it to provide additional visual support for those sequential concepts.  After the kids enjoyed the floats we completed a follow-up sequencing activity.

Shamrock Sequence

Cut out the 3 pictures – Lime Sherbert, Sprite, and Whipped Cream.  Have the kids place the pictures in the correct order.  I also had some of my kids complete the Shamrock Float Picture Questions to help with comprehension and carryover.

Shamrock Freeze and Shamrock Shake

The kids love using the blender and here 2 different recipes and follow-up activities I do with my students.  For both the Shamrock Freeze and Shamrock Shake I created 2 different types of recipes… a visual recipe and a written recipe.  This allows you to complete the activity with students who have varying skill levels.  The pictures created for each recipe can be used as visuals to teach new vocabulary terms, pictures for non-verbal students to use during the activity, and to help the students as they complete the comprehension question worksheets.



After the kids enjoy the Shamrock treat I have them complete either the visual questions or the written questions to work on comprehension skills.  This also reviews the vocabulary terms we used during the lesson and targets sequencing skills.  Hope your students love these recipes as much as mine did!

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  1. I love these recipes!! We cook in my sped classroom every week and I love finding recipes my students can read 🙂 These look yummy and I can’t wait till we try these out- Thank you!

  2. So glad to hear! Glad you enjoy them 🙂

  3. I’m so glad you like them. Have fun cooking with your students!

  4. Is the shamrock float completely gluten free with lime sherbert, sprite, and reddi whip cream? Would this work with a middle school life skills group?

  5. Yes and yes! They would love it 🙂


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