All About Me – Likes and Dislikes
All About Me is a versatile theme for preschool and early elementary students.
You can use an All About Me theme any time of the year, but it is an ideal theme to use at the start of the school year.
By having students talk about their likes and dislikes, you can build rapport and learn more about what they love.
In this blog post, you will learn some ideas to build an All About Me Likes and Dislikes lesson plan that you can use for small groups and co-teaching.
All About Me Book Recommendations
Start your session by reading a themed book such as What I Like About Me by Allia Zobel-Nola, or I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. (Amazon affiliate links included.)
You can use either of these books to discuss what your students like about themselves.
As you discuss what kids like about themselves based on their physical features, you can also target hobbies, values, food, colors, activities, and more!
What are some of your favorites all about me likes and dislikes books? Share in the comments of this blog post.
All About Me Likes and Dislikes YouTube Songs
Using YouTube songs that tie into your theme is a great way to incorporate movement into your sessions. It’s even better when the music aligns with the concepts you are working on in your session.
You can use these Super Simple songs to work on the following speech and language goals:
CORE words: like/don’t like, yes/no
Adjectives: yum, gross
Making comments: No way! I would eat that!
After you read one of the recommended books, turn on this song. You can incorporate hand movements, yes/no visual icons, or iconic gestures for yum or gross to increase engagement.
YouTube Videos to Share Like/Don’t Like Opinions About Food
Did you know there are likes and dislikes on YouTube you can use on a SMARTboard or your laptop to discuss what your students enjoy or don’t enjoy?
It’s a great way to keep your students engaged while you work on answering yes/no questions, making comments (i.e., yummy, yucky), naming other items in the category group of the thing, and working on MLU.
If you want the videos to pause at specific points of the video with a question, you can add these videos to EdPuzzle and create stimulus items with the videos that are related to your student’s goals. Here is a YouTube tutorial on creating lessons with EdPuzzl on my channel.
Here is some All About Me Likes and Dislikes videos you can use in therapy:
Likes and Dislikes ESL by ABC Educational Channel
English for Beginners Likes and Dislikes
I Like and I Don’t Like Animated Book
Like Don’t Like – English Grammar for Kids with Novakid
I Like- I Don’t Like by Giulia Filosi
What I Like Sensory Bin for Speech
You can make a “What I Like” sensory bin that you can use as an extension activity over several speech therapy sessions.
To make this sensory bin, put in whatever filler you want! Some of my fave fillers on my website can be found on this page.
Then, add pictures of different food or items from other categories. Your students can select an item and then share if they like or don’t like it. If you need ready-to-go pictures and visual supports for this bin, you can get these printables in the All About Me themed unit for August in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.
With the printable pictures, you can work on yes/no questions, receptive and expressive noun-functions, inferencing, describing, using sentences with I like/I don’t like, and syntax/morphology.
For more getting-to-know-you type of activities, check out this blog post.
All About Me Likes and Dislikes Toy Activity
If you own these All About Me houses (Amazon affiliate link included), these are perfect for talking about likes and dislikes. You can put mini trinkets of items inside the homes and have students open them up. They can pull out the thing and share if they like or don’t like it. To learn more about mini trinkets, check out this blog post.
While doing this activity, you can also work on word opposites in/out, full/empty, and open/close.
What Are Your Favorite All About Me Therapy Ideas?
Do you have some all-about-me activities to target likes and dislikes? Share your favorite activities and resources in the comments of this blog post to add to this lesson plan! You can extend this theme for at least two weeks with various similar activities. If you need more information about why it is beneficial for you and your students to do a theme for longer than a week, check out this Real Talk SLP podcast episode.