Easy Fall Paper Plate Crafts for Speech!

Easy Fall Paper Plate Crafts for Speech!

Looking for some easy and affordable crafts to use for your speech therapy sessions? Struggling with planning your co-teaching lessons for your students with more complex communication needs? Using easy paper plate crafts can be a great solution for covering many goals and increasing engagement with your students. This blog post is all about different fall paper plate crafts you can use during your sessions. You students working on articulation, stuttering, and language goals can do these fun crafts and write or glue their targets on the back of the craft. Plus, your students will also have something to bring home to practice at home because their targets are on the back of the craft.

And, trying to keep young friends motivated during your push-in or co-teaching sessions is kinda tricky. So, why not bring in an easy craft to work on expanding communication functions? Check out these FUNctional fall paper plate crafts to use tomorrow!

Apple and Pumpkin Paper Plate Crafts

When you need to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions, using easy to adapt crafts can be just what your students need to get motivated to communicate. Check out these fall paper plate crafts that are easy to adapt for a lot of goals

You can make apples and pumpkins with the paper plates. You need the following craft supplies:

-Contruction paper

-Glue

-Scissors

-List or pictures of your student’s targets

These crafts can be great as an extension activity after reading an apple or pumpkin-themed book and then making the craft to connect with the theme of the book. You can work on fine motor skills for tearing the paper as well as CORE vocabulary ‘on,’ ‘want,’ ‘more, ‘look,’ ‘all done,’ ‘yes,’ and ‘no.’

For your students working on specific speech or language goals, you can have them goal their pictures on the back of the paper plate craft. You can hang these up on a bulletin board or send home as homework.

When using as a whole class lesson, you can do some carpet activities and then break up into stations to complete the craft. Check out how you can plan an apple-themed whole class lesson HERE.

Provide Visual Directions for Your Students

Check out these easy to prep fall paper plate crafts to use in your mixed groups and whole class instruction for speech therapy!
Check out these easy to prep fall paper plate crafts to use in your mixed groups and whole class instruction for speech therapy!

Wondering about these visual step by step directions for the fall paper plate crafts? These are part of the Themed Therapy SLP membership for Prek-5th grade. If you are interested, get on the waitlist to be the first to know about when the doors open again in summer 2022!

Fall Paper Plate Crafts for Speech Therapy

This fall wreath paper plate craft can be a great activity for fall season or when talking about gratitude. This works best if you have a leaf die-cut or a Cricut to help cut the leaves out efficiently.

Supplies you need:

-scissors, hole punch

-paper plate

-glue, string/yarn

-construction paper

-leaf template

Students would cut a circle out of the paper plate so there is a hole in the middle (you can do this step if you feel like it will take to long to have the students do this part. Once, all the leaves are glued, you hole punch a hole at the top and tie string or pipe cleaner so you can hang it on a door. 

When you need to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions, using easy to adapt crafts can be just what your students need to get motivated to communicate. Check out these fall paper plate crafts that are easy to adapt for a lot of goals

One cool thing about easy crafts is that you can naturally work on following directions, and sequencing the steps for the craft. After making the craft you can ask students to explain the steps with verbs, transition words, and vocabulary used when making the craft. If you need pictures to add on the back for speech or language goals, you can use this Any Craft Companion Pack

Thanksgiving Paper Plate Crafts

Easy fun fall paper plate crafts that you can use with your speech students to cover a lot of different goals.

Make this paper plate turkey and have students write, draw or glue their speech or language targets on the back. This would go perfectly with the book Run, Turkey, Run or Turkey Trouble.

To sponge paint the different feather colors, I just used cotton balls and had them attached to clothespins. For the eyes, I found some cool eye stickers on Amazon. After you make this craft, students can use their turkey to follow directions, put it different places to work on basic concepts, and act out silly turkey verb actions.

Don't stress about doing crafts with your speech students because you can make fun fall paper plate crafts that are affordable and fun!
Don't stress about doing crafts with your speech students because you can make fun fall paper plate crafts that are affordable and fun!

Need More Paper Plate Craft Ideas?

If you can’t tell already, I think paper plates are an essential for easy to prep crafts. They are cheap and can be used for a variety of crafts. Here are some more paper plate crafts your students might like:

Paper Plate Paddle Craft

Gumball and hot air balloon craft (Super cute!)

Snowman Paper Plate Craft (has a free Google Slide visual support

Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Grammar

Make speech therapy FUNctional with these easy to prep fall paper plate crafts

Ep. 58 Three Activities You Can Do for Articulation Carryover

 Hey Hey Hey SLPs! This week I hope to empower you a little bit with some easy activities that you can do for some of your students who are working on articulation carry over.  One of the pieces to that puzzle is keeping the kids motivated. The theme song for this week has to be, Imagine Dragons “Make me a Believer”. Really, we got to get those kids motivated to believe that they can gradually get their sound and conversation.

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Make a conversation script of a conversation your students would be having on campus, or in their community.
  • Use How-To YouTube videos with your students’ sounds
  • Use wordless short videos to have students create dialogue, summarize the video, answer wh-questions,etc

 

Blog Posts and Resources Mentione

 

Articulation Carryover Visuals to Support Self Monitoring

 

Articulation Activities Resources that have reading passages with the articulation sound occurrences counted for you to make data collection easier as well as QR code how-to YouTube videos by sound, compare/contrast flashcards, sequencing, and conversation question cards.

 

Free Articulation Carryover Activities Guide to help with increasing self awareness, carryover homework, and a conversation script

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Ep. 57: Five Fall Books to work on CORE Vocabulary

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! This week I am going to be sharing 5 fall-themed books you can use to target CORE vocabulary. With students who are using alternative or augmentative communication, there are a CORE set of words that make up 70-90% of what we say on a daily basis. This small set of CORE vocabulary is relevant across a lot of contexts and can have many meanings.When selecting books for your fall-themed lessons, I have some books that can be great for targeting CORE vocabulary.

Sign Up for the 5-day AAC CORE Vocabulary Challenge starting October 11-15th on Facebook. By the end of the challenge implementing CORE vocabulary in therapy will feel a LOT less overwhelming because we will be sharing easy ideas for how to adapt materials and activities you already have to target CORE vocabulary.

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger – great for targeting “GO,” “Look,” “see,” 
  • Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr you can work on “yes,” “no,” “go,” and “away.”
  • Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell is a great story that you can work on the CORE vocabulary “not” because the apple won’t come off no matter what the hedgehog does. You can also work on the CORE vocabulary “on,” “push,” “pull,” “laugh,” “help”
  • Apple Picking Day by Candice Ransom is good for early readers as the text is shorter and can be good for “go,” “see,” “big/small,” “up,down,” “eat,” “no like, “fast,” “more,”
  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman would be great for “pull,” “big,” “mine,” 

 

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Apple Theme Preschool Co-Teaching Lesson Plan

Apple Theme Preschool Co-Teaching Lesson Plan

Wanting to plan an apple-themed preschool co-teaching lesson, but not really sure what to plan? Or, maybe you are struggling with how to organize the setup in the classroom? If you said yes to these questions, then this blog post is for you! Today, I am going to give you LOTS of apple-themed activity ideas you can implement ASAP. Plus, I will share tips for how you can set up the session to embed MORE language opportunities.

When we have a solid set-up paired with engaging activities, engagement increases, which means learning is happening. That’s a win, right?

Setting Up Your Co-Teaching Lesson

When it comes to planning out your co-teaching lesson, you want to think about how the students will participate in the activities. I have found over the years that having a mix of whole class instruction paired with a station teaching model has been the most effective for keeping students engaged, involving all the adults in the room, and providing MORE meaningful opportunities for language practice. Check out this blog post with tips for setting up your co-teaching lessons. You can also listen to the Real Talk SLP podcast episode to learn more about the different collaborative service models. This may give you some ideas for implementing whole class instruction with other educators.

As  you set up your lesson, you want to keep in mind how your students transition to new activities, and how you can utilize the staff in the room. In this blog post, I will show you two examples of how you can plan your apple theme preschool lesson to give you ideas. 

Apple theme preschool lesson plans that you can use for speech therapy

Co-Teaching and Station Teaching Set-Up

With this first example, you would plan on being in the preschool classroom for 50-60 minutes. You can definitely adapt for a 30 minute session. When I go into a classroom for 50 minutes, this allows for transition times to stations as well as time at the end for me to check-in with the teacher. 

Apple theme preschool lesson plan for speech therapy so you don't have to stress about what you are going to do!

First, you want to plan your whole class carpet time activity. Typically, I always read a book on the carpet along with using an apple-themed song break and quick group activity. I allot 10-15 minutes at the carpet and shift time based on engagement.

Apple Trouble is a great book to use with this age group. To see how to make a prop kit for the book, check out this blog post.

After you read the book, you can do the “I Love Apples” song and do other language activities on the SMARTboard with the Google Slides from my push-in speech therapy apple activities

 

Have apple theme preschool lesson plans to rock your small groups and whole class lessons for speech therapy

Station Activities for Your Apple Theme

After your carpet activity time, you will then have 3 stations set up for your students to rotate between the teacher, aides, and yourself. You can have one teacher float around the room if you have enough adults to run stations. By having smaller group stations, you are eliminating extra wait time, so your students are learning throughout the entire lesson. Here are some apple theme ideas for stations:

At your station, you can use an open-ended apple game so that you can work on all the student’s goals at one time. At your station, you may also want to use the book to do story retell or to talk about the pictures. 

Another station can be working on sorting pictures by categories. Cut the tops off some paper bags and tape a basket of apples with the category for the student to sort. Then, students can be given apples with nouns for that category to sort into the correct basket. These are part of my apple activities unit. You can also have students sorting different colored apples into the correct colored basket with these apples from Learning Resources (Amazon Affiliate links included for your convenience.)

The third station can be something with a hands-on component such as a craft, sensory bin, playdough mats, or worksheets with magnetic wands. You can use the apple tree verbs activity from my apple push-in unit to work on verbs, answering wh-questions, and building sentences.

30 Minute Lesson Plan Set-Up

With a 30 minute set-up, you will adjust your carpet time activity to be 8-12 minutes and then have one station activity set-up and 3 tables. So, pick a book to read at the carpet time, and one quick activity such as an apple song, describing a real apple, or watching a video about the apple life cycle. Below is a video of some apple-themed books you can use.

Then, at the tables, every student can make this apple paper plate craft that you can view on my Instagram for how to assemble. You can pair students based on goals or how they work together. This craft can target basic concepts, CORE vocabulary, sequencing steps, following directions, and can be adapted for any goal by gluing your student’s target words on the back. With crafts like these, I like using my Any Craft Companion so I can do one craft and customize for students goals.

 

Want More Themed Therapy Ideas?

If you loved these co-teaching A.K.A push-in therapy lesson plans, I have themed K-2 units for over 30 themes! Everything is ready to go, so you can focus on engaging your students. Whether you are doing small groups or co-teaching, you are covered with the following:

-Google Slides with book recs, songs, and digital activities

-Parent newsletter to send home

-3-5 language station activities

-Lesson plan cheat sheets

Why stress about planning when you can have all the tools to build your confidence with themes and co-teaching?

If you need more ideas for planning themed-based therapy, come join my Free Themed Therapy SLP Facebook Group. That’s where you can get ideas and inspiration for planning by themes. 

Ep. 56 Three Tips for Increasing Speech Sound Production

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! This week we are going to be talking about three tips for increasing speech sound productions in your treatment sessions. Have you ever had a session with a student who was so motivated that they were rocking the repetitions the entire session? Inside you’re jumping up and down because not only are they practicing their speech sounds,  but they’re getting tons of repetition? Well in this episode, I will be discussing how you can accomplish this and so much more!

 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Create a structure to your sessions, so students know what is going to happen throughout
  • Turn the activity into a challenge. Using a timer to beat your productions, stacking mini cups, getting more.
  • Find games and activities that can be adapted to create more opportunities to practice.
    • Uno
    • Apples to Apples Junior
    • Feed the monster games

       

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