Whether you are doing therapy in-person or via teletherapy, having engaging lessons for your students with moderate to severe disabilities can be challenging. This blog post is filled with digital farm activities you can use in your therapy sessions to increase engagement with your students.
I am all about adapting materials to cover a lot of goals and use across ages. These materials can definitely be used with your mild-moderate language students too. Plus, these digital materials can be used for teletherapy, on the iPad in small groups or part of a whole class lesson on the Smartboard.
The BEST Farm App to target Basic Concepts and Language Targets
If you have students working on basic concepts, yes/no questions, vocabulary goals and grammar markers, the Sago Mini Farm app is the BEST.
I personally love this app because there are a lot of opportunities to work on basic concept pairs like on/off, up/down, in/out, etc.
Their apps are very affordable (only $3.99) and I find that the app provides a lot of fun little features, so you can make the app engaging for more than one session.
If you are wanting to use this app in teletherapy, you can screen mirror your iPad and use it across the computer. This app has saved me in my individual sessions to keep attention because there are a lot of different picture scenes that can be manipulative in the app that I think you LOVE it.
You could even adapt this app to work on storytelling with the animals on the farm.
Digital Farm Activities Using YouTube Videos
There are a lot of fun digital farm YouTube videos that you can make interactive with your students.
You can use these videos on a Smartboard for push-in therapy, during teletherapy or in small groups.
To make the video more interactive, you can pause it to have students reply verbally.
When your students need a break after doing a hard task or after reading the book, this is a fun way to keep your students engaged with the farm-themed lesson.
The farmyard guessing game sketches out the farm animal, which you can work on “what” questions, and the CORE vocabulary “look” and “wait” as you anticipate what farm animal is being drawn.
Digital Farm Activities Using Google Slides
When you have the Google Slide open in edit mode, you can move and drag pictures. It has been easy to work on teaching CORE vocabulary for “more” while putting animals on the farm. If you need activities to work on teaching more using Google Slides, this Farm scene is in that resource.
If you are looking for digital farm materials that you can use for virtual push-in sessions and small groups, I suggest using Google Slides.
Google Slides are very similar to PowerPoint, but you can share them with staff/parents, and assign them in Google Classroom.
I like using them to put all my digital materials for a theme in one place. I will insert farm-themed book read alouds, YouTube videos, or insert links to Boom Cards or PDF resources. This way you can easily find the material you need without having tons of tabs open.
You can create picture scenes to work on sentence formation, answering wh-questions, and building vocabulary skills with farm words. One website I use to find real photos that is FREE is Pixabay.
YouTube has a lot of great videos about a farm theme that you can embed into your Google Slides. You can insert songs, book read alouds, and non-fiction videos to teach your students about the farm theme. You can use this for your sessions, or assign in Google Classroom for parents to watch with their children throughout the week.
Having time to create Google Slides isn’t always possible, so if you need a farm Google Slide presentation, my farm language lesson plan guide has one all ready to go for you!
You can then repurpose those lessons for whole class or individual sessions. You will definitely feel less stressed knowing that all of your digital materials are in one place. You can even add hyperlinks to your favorite Boom Cards. If you upload your farm-themed static PDFs into your Google Drive, you can also link those to your Google Slide Presentation to have everything organized. If you need templates to create speech folders or group activities, check out these pre-made ones that make planning easier!
Boom Learning Activities with a Farm Theme
Add Farm Giphys to Your Google Slides
If you want to create your own Google Slide materials, check out this YouTube video tutorial for how to add fun farm giphys into your slides. You can search farm animals and put them in slides to make it look like a real movie. It will increase engagement a lot, I promise!!
Farm Activities and Toys to Use in Speech Therapy
If you love using books, toys, and printables in your therapy sessions, check out these other farm-themed blog posts that are filled with ideas for books and toys you can use in therapy. Just click the photos below to head to the blog posts. If you need some new ways to use farm toys in therapy, check out this blog post.
What digital farm activities have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments.