It's that (spooky) time of the year! I like to dedicate the first part of October to the fall and changing leaves, as well as fire safety. Then it's time to dive into #allthingshalloween! 🎃 I absolutely love this time of year and I hope that this post gives you some helpful ideas to continue making your sessions fun. Keep reading for how you can use these engaging activities with your students, as well as how to get your FREE copy of these October-themed speech therapy lesson plans. You can also head to my Instagram to watch my Halloween stories, where I share even more about these speech activities!
This post contains Amazon affiliate links if you wish to add these book recommendations to your personal library. This is at no cost to you and helps support this blog!
Week 1: Leaves
BOOKS: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, Leaf Man, We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, Goodbye Summer, Hello AutumnThere are so many fantastic books for this theme! My personal favorite book above leaves is Fletcher and the Falling Leaves. Pre-reading background knowledge is important depending on where you live. If you aren't in an area where leaves change colors, Google some images on your device to show your students. (I've even asked relatives who live in different parts of the country to mail me various tree leaves to show my students.) It's a perfect opportunity to compare/contrast. Be sure to grab your free fall book companions to go along with these books!
ARTICULATION: Dice and Dot: Leaves This activity will help your mixed group sessions run smoothly. Your students will love dotting the leaf bags and you'll love that how many repetitions they get from this NO PREP activity!
Week 2: Fire Safety
BOOKS: Visit the Firehouse, Big Frank’s Fire Truck, Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete Pete The Cat: Firefighter Pete and Big Frank's Fire Truck are wonderful not just for introducing this week's theme, but also for working on IRE/ or /ER/ sounds!
ARTICULATION: 100 Articulation Trials (fire trucks page)
LANGUAGE: Fire Safety Lap Book I made this comprehensive Fire Safety Lapbook to to celebrate national Fire Safety Week. My students LOVE making this and taking it home to show their families. You can easily differentiate this activity for your students' specific language goals.
Week 3: Bats, Spiders, and Halloween
BOOKS: Stellaluna, Aaaarrgghh! Spider!, Spiders Bats and spiders are the PERFECT theme transition to Halloween! Spiders by Gail Gibbons is an exceptional book that your students will fall in love with (and it's also filled with tier 2 vocabulary!) Arrrgghh! Spider! is an adorable book about a spider that desperately wants to be a family's pet, so she does all kinds of things to convince them. It also offers repetitive text that will allow your students to read along with you.
ARTICULATION: 100 Articulation Trials (spiders and bats pages), Halloween Match & Say If you are working on repetitions of articulation sounds, another option is to have students stack spider rings on paper straws to mark their trials. See picture below!
Week 4: Halloween
BOOKS: Room on the Broom, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Bone Soup It's finally time to bring on all things Halloween! Room On The Broom has exceptional rhyme and vocabulary. Bone Soup is perfect for reinforcing themes of kindness and inclusion. You can use these teachable moments with your pragmatic and social students. Using literacy activities in your speech room can help you cover multiple goals at the same time!
ARTICULATION: Dice and Dot: Halloween, Build a Face- Halloween, Halloween Articulation Activities for R Kids love the Halloween Build-A-Face activity and I love that this NO PREP activity works for mixed groups— which is my JAM when the Halloween crazies set in
⬇️ What are your go-to Halloween activities? Drop a comment and let me know! You can also pin the image below to share this post with other SLPs on Pinterest. ⬇️
Enter your name and email below and I’ll send you these October speech therapy lesson plans for free! The calendar has several spots for you to add your own therapy plans, a to-do list, and room at the top for you to write down any screenings or meetings you need to remember for the month.