Using themed activities for speech and language therapy is beneficial for many reasons. One, it makes therapy planning easier. I try to find resources to cover all grade levels that follow that theme! It really helps my brain when we have similar topics and then I try to change up the group activities, so I am not playing the same game or doing the same activity ALL day long.
The past two weeks we have been using SQUIRREL activities for speech and language therapy! Kids love these crazy creatures and we are having fun learning about them! Here are some fun ideas and resources for your speech room!!
Activities for Articulation
We have been using my FREE s-blend activity to work on our speech sounds! This activity also has acorns with just numbers, so you can target any speech sounds.
I made a little crazy squirrel bean bag toss game. We practiced our sounds in words and sentences! If they landed on the 20 point squirrel, they got 20 points added to their score and had to say their sound 20 times. Grab the game by clicking on the photo above or HERE!
I googled squirrel articles and found lots of reading materials, which was perfect for all my students working on carrying over their /r/ sound into reading and conversational contexts. We read the articles and then discussed the squirrel facts using our great speech! Great way to progress monitor.
Activities for Language
We have been playing the Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (amazon affiliate link) in therapy with my I’m a Nut Language cards. It has made therapy so easy to plan because I can grab n’ go! We worked on using verbs in sentences, describing by attributes, multiple meaning words, and categories!
I went on youtube and found some cute squirrel videos that I used to entice my students to want to talk about squirrels! I let them watch part of the video clips as a way for them to observe what squirrels look like, things that they do and places they hang out. Then, we used the EET (Expanding Expression Tool) to describe and discuss squirrels. I also used these videos to have students make more complex sentences with adjectives, prepositional phrases and conjunctions. I would let them watch a little clip, pause it, then see who could come up with the best sentence!
Resources for my upper elementary students
For my 4th and 5th graders working on fluency enhancing strategies and language comprehension, we used articles to practice strategies in reading and answering comprehension questions. I worked on taking “key detail” notes as well as visualizing strategies for remembering information.
Grab this National geographic printable about squirrels to work on language comprehension as well as this squirrel article from National Geographic! The second article has fun, cute pictures of squirrels that we used to make compound and complex sentences about each photo.
We started making some all about squirrel flip books from the Queen’s Speech All About Autumn Interactive Flip Books. They are filled with vocabulary, graphic organizers and language that the students can take home to share with their parents.
This fly squirrel youtube video is pretty cool to watch! It is perfect to work on remembering details, explaining the main idea and answering questions about a non-fiction video. Plus, it is great to watch and then use the EET to describe flying squirrels!
Perspective Taking & Social Skills
With my social skill group, we talked a lot about what the squirrels could be thinking and feeling. It was fun trying to come up with funny expressions that the squirrels were thinking or feeling! We also talked about expected vs. unexpected behaviors for how to treat and interact with squirrels when you see them outside.
This was my most favorite squirrel video!! It was perfect for “what’s in their thought bubble?” and figuring out what zone the squirrel or people (in the background) are in. So, what resources and materials do you use with squirrels? I would love to add more fun to my crazy squirrel stash of therapy materials!
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