Lesson Plans for Speech and Language Therapy - August and September Back to School Themes
1. Articulation: There aren't many free activities specifically with a back to school theme, but I plan on using the open ended games that I found with my artic cards. I don't think it is necessary to buy the articulation packs that come along with the book companions as the book companions have various activities you can adapt for articulation practice.
-Pencil Match Articulation by Sublime Speech I am always looking for more ways to practice /s/. Thank you for this freebie Sublime Speech! :)
-Back to School CVC Beginning Sounds Match by The Teaching Tree House. This is adorable. I laminated some of the worksheets so my kiddoes can use with dry erase markers. I did not print out all of the alphabet cards as I didn't think I could use them. This packet is great for targeting initial and final consonant deletion as well. I have some PK and K students that could definitely benefit from this activity.
-Back to School Grammar Challenge Cards by The Dabbling Speechie. This is a simple to use activity that will be appropriate for my students in grades 3-5. Right now it's still free so snatch it while you can!
-Back to School Possessives by Rachel Jones. Includes game cards and a game board to target possessive pronouns his, her, and their.
-Back to School Has vs Have Activity by Use Your Words. I printed 5 sets of these worksheets and laminated to use with my dry erase markers.
-Back to School Mad Libs by Ms. J Black. Mad Libs are not only great for targeting grammar, but can also be used for articulation practice when students are practicing reading aloud. I have students highlight all of the words with their sound to focus their attention to the targets.
-Auditory Apples by Little Speech Corner. I love that she included a variety of directions so that you can use this activity in multiple ways. Oh, and I also love that it's FREE!
-Flip It: A Back to School Themed Following Directions Game by The Speech Musing. Here's a little hint on this one. When printing select multiple pages so that you can save on ink. The graphics are a little bigger than needed but I just loved this activity. I practiced it with daughter who is language impaired and she loved it!
5. Open Ended Games:
Open Ended Games are the BEST! You can use them along with your Super Duper Cards to target any skill.
-Pass the Pencil by Jenn Alcorn. From the author, "Use this fun open-ended game to target any skill! ... After practicing their target skill, students will draw one card from the pile. Whoever collects the most points in the end, wins!"
-Apple Harvest by DJ Myhand. From the author, "Apple Harvest is an open-ended game that can be used to practice any speech sound and many language skills. A student can produce words with the target speech sound, produce words in sentences, produce sentences with correct verb forms, or answer questions when it is his/her turn. Students try to collect as many apples as they can before the end of the game. During the game, they have to be careful to avoid the cards with Grandpa or the hungry squirrels so they don’t lose apples. This is a quick and easy game for groups with students who are practicing different skills."
-Back to School:Lickety -Split Reincorcement. From the author, "This game is great for spicing up drill work. It can be used in speech therapy or the general ed. setting. Articulation, synonyms, categorization, sight words, multiplication, you name it!"
-Open Ended Apple Game by Carly Fowler From the author, "Great open-ended activity for targeting a variety of skills or using with mixed speech and language groups."
-Back to School Roll and Color by Little Miss Kindergarten. Great reinforce for any activity. You can either print and have students color, or laminate and use bingo chips.
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-Elisa Cartagena, M.S. CCC-SLP
As the lead therapist and owner of Teach Beyond Speech Therapy Services, LLC., Elisa Cartagena provides academically relevant speech therapy for children from preschool through adolescence throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale of Broward County including Davie, Plantation, Sunrise, and Weston. She has over 15 years of experience in the education field that includes classroom teaching, ESE education, and speech and language therapy services.