At the beginning of the new school year, doing a back-to-school-themed therapy unit is a way to reinforce school vocabulary and discuss concepts about school!
Kids already have school on the brain, which helps to use therapy to build personal connections around going to school.
If you are looking for engaging back-to-school speech therapy activties to cover your elementary caseload, you came to the right blog post!
This blog post has been completely updated with back-to-school-themed resources, toys, and materials as it was first published in 2015 and just got an upgrade in August 2022. 

Back-To-School Themed Books for Speech

Prek-1st:

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
I Got School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

 

2nd-3rd:

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
If You Take a Mouse to School by Felicia Bond

 

4th-5th:

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki and Stephane Jorisch

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah

 

 

 

 

For more themed therapy ideas, check out this blog post to get a free themed therapy idea guide and planner! If you need Pout Pout Fish speech therapy activity ideas, this blog post has some great ones!

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

Back-To-School Speech Therapy Activities for Younger Students

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

No need to look further for back-to-school speech therapy activities for your preschool and early elementary students.

Check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you need activities with a back-to-school theme. You can have a toy guide, printables, Google Slides, open-ended activities, themed therapy cheat sheets, book cheat sheets, and no print materials to help you teach school vocabulary and concepts with your Prek-5th grade caseload. Sign up HERE.

For toys to use in play-based speech therapy sessions, check out some of these back-to-school toy sets (affiliate links are included):

Melissa and Doug School Bus Play Set

Melissa and Doug The Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle

Fisher-Price Little People Toddler School Bus or Battat School Bus

School Toy Play Sets to work on pretend play while talking about school vocabulary

 

Back-To-School Picture Scenes

Materials that include picture scenes allow for practice with the themed vocabulary and are easy to adapt for many goals. You can use speech words for your student’s target sounds, building MLU and morphology, answering wh-questions, CORE words, story retelling, and describing.

Here are some picture scene materials that include a school theme:

Melissa and Doug Wooden Magnetic Matching Picture Game

 Hidden Pictures School Puzzles

Omazing kids has some school picture scenes

Check out this blog post for more ways to use picture scenes in speech therapy.

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

Back-To-School Speech and Language Activities That Are Digital

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

If you are on the hunt for digital activities that follow a back-to-school theme, here are some great materials to check out:

Back to School Vocabulary and Grammar Boom Cards

Grammar Challenge Boom Cards

Back to School Games from ABCYa

Search for school themed games on Baamboozle

Use back to school GIFS on Google Slides – check out this tutorial for how to add them, skip to around the 8 minute mark to see the step-by-step directions

Crafts for a Back-To-School Theme

Some engaging simple back-to-school crafts can be just what your mixed group or whole class lesson needs! You can work on functional goals or glue/write students speech or language targets on the back of the craft.

When you join the annual subscription for the Themed Therapy SLP membership, you get No Print Visual Craft Directions for each theme. For back-to-school, you get a pencil craft and a school bus.

There is also this FREE backpack craft that you can use to discuss your student’s speech and language goals. 

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

Language Activities to Teach School Vocabulary

Need some help with planning back-to-school speech and language activities? Check out this blog post with links to books, toys, materials and more!

If you are looking for language activities to support your back-to-school theme, check out the following resources:

Back to School Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides
Back to School Vocabulary and Grammar Activities for K-2
Back to School Grammar Task Cards FREE version

Back to School Grammar Task Cards Full Version

Back to School Seasonal Flipbook FREE

 

Back to School Prek-5th Grade Unit – when you purchase an annual membership, you get access to all the themes at once. This is part of the August themed membership unit.

SLP Winter Survival Kit Waitlist

winter-themed materials

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