During the month of November, a great theme to plan is a turkey theme! There are lots of ways you can adapt a turkey theme to cover younger and older students. Plus, it lines up with the Thanksgiving holiday feast but can be easily adapted if you have students that do not celebrate the holiday. AND, if you did a farm theme recently, this is a great way to theme smash a bit because turkeys can live on farms. So, if you need some turkey speech therapy ideas for your caseload, you’ve come to the right blog post! Let’s do this…..gobble, gobble.
Turkey-Themed Books for Speech Therapy
The best way to come up with turkey speech therapy ideas is to pick a book to use with your students. You can easily target grammar, vocabulary, story retell, wh-questions, describing pictures/characters, perspective taking, and more!
Here are my favorite turkey-themed books by age:
Prek-1st – Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
2nd-3rd – Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace is also a great book and on GetEpic!
Turkey Videos for Speech Therapy
There are LOTs of turkey videos you can use on YouTube to cover goals. I especially love the turkey songs and non-fiction fact videos. To see all my faves, go to this BLOG post for the best turkey videos.
I recently found this FUN turkey videos that show silly things happening with turkeys. Make sure to preview the clips to make sure there isn’t anything inappropriate like cussing. You can use the video clips to create grammatically correct sentences, identifying emotions, name verb actions, answer wh-questions, and allow students to see a real turkey to help them with learning descriptive vocabulary.
Turkey Activities to Use in Speech Therapy
When it comes to your younger students, you want to have versatile materials that hit a LOT of language goals, so that if you have a mixed group, you can use the same material to cover a lot of goals. That said, it’s great to also have activities that will also cover your whole class lessons. Consider using some of these suggestions for your next whole class lesson. If you want tips for how to set up your push-in lessons, check out this blog post.
Because some turkeys live on farms, you can use other farm animals to work on “who” questions. Have students answer simple “who” questions about the animal that walked by the turkey. You can use real farm animal figurines and a plush toy turkey (Amazon affiliate link) to make this activity feel like hands-on fun!
Prepare a Feast for Your Turkey!
Why not make your turkey a feast! You can work on pretend play while making different foods such as soup, sandwiches, hamburgers and whatever else you have on hand in that play food toy set. After you prepare your meal, your students can either gather together with the turkey and pretend to eat the food or your students can feed the turkey different foods. While doing this activity, students can practice answering yes/no questions, if the turkey likes/doesn’t like the food item, work on noun-verb agreement, and building MLU.
Plus, you can squeeze in some theme smashing by naming food items as well as describing those food items by attributes (i.e. category, function, parts, location, size, etc.)
Tips for Using Task Cards With a Turkey
Since turkeys have a lot of feathers, why not hide your favorite task cards behind or under the turkey’s feathers. This can be a fun way to make task cards more fun while trying to guess what the turkey could be hiding. If you need some seasonal task cards to use with this, try my fall grammar and vocabulary or turkey grammar and vocabulary sets in my seasonal bundle.
You can also hide items around the room that the turkey is looking for to work on inferencing and basic concepts.
Turkey Speech Therapy Activities for K-2
If you are on the struggle bus trying to find time to lesson plan, I have a whole turkey-themed language unit that will cover your co-teaching lessons and small groups. Have enough activities to cover at least two weeks of therapy with this unit. Not only do you get lesson plan guides and station activities, you also get a parent newsletter and a Google Slide to use on a SMARTboard or teletherapy. Grab it by clicking the photos below.
Turkey Activities for Older Students
For your older students, you can do a LOT with turkeys. First off, you can watch some turkey non-fiction videos to learn more about them while working on vocabulary, summarizing, and main idea. This will allow you to plan follow-up lessons where students compare/contrast a turkey to other animals such as chickens while working on conjunctions, feature matching, and grammar!
If you are looking for non-fiction type resources, Mystery Doug has a great video all about why people eat turkey for Thanksgiving. There is also a great video about the turkey’s wattle from Mystery Doug. Similarly, Wonderopolis has a reading article you can use in your next speech session.
Simon’s Cat has a video for Thanskgiving that is great for emotions, and perspective taking. National Geographic also has a great to discuss why some people may see turkey’s running around their neighborhoods!
What Turkey Activities Do You Love to Use?
What turkey activities or materials have you found to be beneficial for your students? I would love to know what tools and resources you are using with your turkey theme. Please comment below or reach out via social media @thedabblingspeechie to share your therapy finds! I never pass up a new therapy find.