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Guest Blog: Thrill of the Catch - featured January 24, 2011

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Guest Blog: Thrill of the Catch

By: Sean J. Sweeney
Copyright 2011. Reprinted with the express permission of the author as it appeared on his weblog

I was never a fisherman, but Thrill of the Catch from Discovery Education is a really fun resource. The site allows you to create a fish from a chosen species, release him into the lake, then do some fishin'! It's really easy and not frustrating to catch fish, and then you just "throw them back" after finding out their names and who created them. The site also allows you to move to different areas of the lake and on to advanced boats.

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Language Lens:
  • A range of descriptive vocabulary can be targeted to describe the fish, and spatial, temporal, and causal words can be used while fishing. The site also has potential to teach geography, with reference to different areas of the lake, and science with regards to species and biodiversity.
  • This site would be great to use along with play therapy, perhaps a camping set, or a story or informational book about fishing!

Our Featured Guest Blog/Author: Sean J. Sweeney of SpeechTechie

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About Sean and
Hi! My name is Sean J. Sweeney and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS). I currently work as an ITS at a middle school in Newton MA and continue my work as an SLP in private practice at The Ely Center, also in Newton. SpeechTechie is an effort to combine my two passions: fostering language development through contextualized intervention, and interactive educational technologies. My goal is to post several resources a week, and present each resource "through the language lens," meaning with an eye toward how the website or program would be helpful in speech and language interventions. I hope that this blog will be helpful not only to SLPs but also to ESL/ELL teachers, language arts teachers, special education teachers, or anyone who loves words! Feel free to comment/leave feedback or questions on any post or to contact me at sean at

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