Summer speech therapy is often my favorite since I'm able to be a bit more flexible with scheduling and the activities we do. Since my students are not in their usual school routine, it does require some adjusting and creativity on my part. Luckily, July brings many opportunities to tie in fun and patriotic themes. Read on for ideas on how you can use these engaging activities with your students, as well as how to get your FREE copy of these July-themed speech therapy lesson plans!
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Week 1: Independence Day/Patriotism
BOOKS: In 1776, Of Thee I Sing, Sweet Land Of Liberty Let's get patriotic in speech! The beautifully illustrated Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama is so inspiring and one of my favorites.
ARTICULATION: Uncle Sam Build-A-Face, July 4th Quick-Play, Patriotic Craft Kids never turn down a fun dice game, which makes my July 4th Quick-Play activity a hit in my speech room! You'll love that it's print and go, making it super easy to get ready.
LANGUAGE: Uncle Sam Build-A-Face, Patriotic Craft My students absolutely LOVE the Build-A-Face activities, and this Uncle Sam version is no different! With this no prep activity, kids create their own version of Uncle Sam. They can also take the sheet home to continue practicing their words.
Week 2: Ice Cream
BOOKS: Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream, Gorilla Loves Vanilla, The Little Ice Cream Truck Start or end the week with an ice cream party! Not only is this fun (and delicious), but it's also a great opportunity to practice compare/contrast skills. Kids will enjoy discussing different flavors and toppings. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream has phenomenal vocabulary and it perfect for all your /s-blend/ kids!
ARTICULATION: Dice and Dot- Ice Cream Scoops This activity is amazing for mixed groups. You can also get these ice cream scented dot markers for added fun! The different scents also bring out some great language opportunities.
Week 3: Sharks
BOOKS: Clark the Shark,The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark, There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark! If your students are anything like mine, they'll be fascinated by sharks. (My family and I love to watch the Discovery Channel during Shark Week, so I totally get it!) I start off our week of ocean fun with my go-to book, Clark the Shark. I also use this huge set of plastic ocean animals to “dive” into a discussion about ocean animals!
ARTICULATION: Shark Popper Companion
LANGUAGE: Shark Popper Companion While your students compete to knock down the surfboard targets, you can knock out their articulation and language goals!
Week 4: Sports and Olympics
BOOKS: Hooray For Fly Guy!, Miss Nelson Has A Field Day, Dino Football Many of my students (especially the boys) are huge NFL and college football fans, which makes it fun to incorporate activities around it. Hooray for Fly Guy! is a fun, quick read with a great message (and lots of football terminology). Dino Football is another great choice that includes amazing vocabulary. It's sure to engage your students that are dinosaur fans!
ARTICULATION: Sports Match and Say, Soccer Ball Popper Companion The Sports Match and Say activity is a great starting point to practice compare/contrast skills. You can discuss how football matches up against other sports, or work on geographic location comparisons when talking about different football teams.
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