Working with the Prek-2nd grade population can be hard to plan your co-teaching lessons because there are a LOT of goals to juggle. That’s why you can format your themed co-teaching sessions in a way that gets the adults in the room to participate. Check out this blog post for ideas on structuring your push-in or co-teaching lessons.
Today, I wanted to help you with a leaves preschool lesson plan that you can adapt for small groups and your whole class lessons.
Although the leaves lesson plan is for your preschool-aged students, you can also adapt the activities with K-2 grade, especially with your self-contained classrooms.
Books for Your Leaves Preschool Lesson Plan
On the carpet, you will want to do a leaf-themed book. Here are some of my favorites (Amazon affiliate links are provided for your convenience):
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger (has repetitive text)
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro
As you read the leaf book, pair verbs with iconic gestures to help increase engagement. An iconic gesture is a movement that resembles the word.
Visual supports for language and story retelling goals are super handy in your sessions. I created this easy-to-prep story retell visuals resource for the old lady series. You have a printable or digital option! Check it out HERE.
Themed Therapy SLP Membership Makes Planning Lessons Easier
When planning themed therapy activities for your Prek-5th grade caseload, overwhelm immediately sets in as you try to find engaging materials to use with your students.
You either become burnt out trying to prepare lessons or feel lost with how to cover all the speech and language goals.
To make themed therapy planning easier, join the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We take lesson planning off your plate so you can enjoy doing therapy. Check out the October months with a fall, spider, and pumpkin theme for your elementary caseload.
Movement Activities for the Carpet Time
If you co-teach in a classroom with a SMARTboard, you can do a leaf song. Here are a few fun songs:
Season Song for Kids by The Learning Station
The Leaves on the Trees by The Kiboomers
Why Do Leaves Change Color by Super Simple Songs
Autumn Leaves are Falling Down by The Kiboomers
Check out this video from Miss Nina for some movement ideas to use with the Autumn Leaves are Falling Down.
During carpet time, you can also play Simon Says fall-themed verb charades.
Station Activities for Your Leaves Preschool Lesson Plan
When co-teaching, you want to utilize all the adults in the room to maximize small group instruction.
If you have instructional aides, you can break students into three groups and have one to two teachers as floater teachers.
Otherwise, you can do one tabletop activity and have students at tables with similar goals, students who get along or based on levels of scaffolding.
Here are three leaf-themed language activities you can plan:
Make a leaf sensory bin and throw in your favorite mini trinkets for students to find under the leaves. You can add a mini rake to make it feel like you are raking leaves. I tend to put mini trinkets with my students’ speech sounds related to their language goals. You can read more about dinkydoodads on the blog HERE.
Another variation to this bin is putting fall-themed vocabulary words hidden in the leaves and going on an “I spy” hunt. The fall vocabulary printables are included in the fall-themed push-in language lesson plan guides.
At another station, students can make a falling leaves craft. It’s super easy to prep, and you can do it with any craft supplies you have on hand. You can do it with pieces of construction paper, tissue paper, or paint with Q-tip. If you love easy prep crafts, I have a blog post specifically with fall ideas!
Gather some leaves outside at your home or school and use them to make a leaf rub with crayons. You can also use the leaves to discuss attributes such as color, size, texture, shape, function, etc. With a ruler, you can talk about length, work on quantity of more, less, or equal, and explain why leaves fall off trees during the fall season.
Want more themed co-teaching lesson plan ideas?
I often share co-teaching lesson plans on my Instagram @thedabblingspeechie
You can look at the highlight reel to find the most seasonal ones!
And if you need some more themed lesson plan ideas, here are a few that you can check out:
Apple Theme Preschool Co-Teaching Lesson Plan
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