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If you are planning some winter-themed therapy for the winter season, I have found some great videos that you can use in teletherapy.
When discussing winter you can find reading passages about winter, hibernation, snowflakes, ice, and blizzards to work on the main idea, comprehension questions, tier II vocabulary, summarizing, and explaining details with grammatically correct sentences. Plus, if you find passages with your student’s speech sounds, it becomes a great mixed group lesson.
Whether you are in-person or doing teletherapy, you can use winter videos to help organize your therapy sessions with engaging content. In this blog post, I will be sharing some of my favorite winter videos you can use in teletherapy.
Winter Videos for Teletherapy to Target Language
You can work on main idea and details about winter using this video from Scishowkids. The videos aren’t too long in length, so you can use them in a 20-30 minute session. Plus, you can also work tier II vocabulary with this video. With this video, it has 5 different winter videos that you can break up across the entire month to work on language.
This FREE School video is great for discussing how snow is made!
Use Kami Chrome Extension to Write on Worksheets While Using Winter Videos
You can use Simon’s Cat winter videos while filling out this FREE sentence frame graphic organizer. If you need a graphic organizer to fill out about the turkey fact details for teletherapy, you can use the Kami Chrome Extension to add text boxes. Here is a YouTube video tutorial on how to add text boxes in Kami. You can put the graphic organizer on one side of the screen and the YouTube browser on the other side. Then, just screen share your entire screen. If you need a sentence frame graphic organizer to build more complex sentences, grab this one HERE.
If you want to see how you can use Simon’s Cat videos to target a variety of goals, check out this BLOG POST.
Winter Videos Using YouTube Book Read Aloud Videos
I usually prefer to read the actual book out loud to my students over a YouTube book read aloud, when doing teletherapy sessions, it can sometimes be hard for all the students to see my book over the screen. So, I will use YouTube read aloud in my sessions, so the kids can see the pages while I read the story.
All you need to do is have the YouTube video on mute so that you can read the pages. I try to find a book read aloud that shows the pages clearly so that I can read the lines from the story. These book read alouds allow we to see all the words on the page.
Other ways to use books are by screen sharing while projecting a book from Kindle Unlimited, Vooks, or using Epic. There are a ton of great short winter-themed books on Epic that I use with my students with limited language and shortened attention spans in therapy.
Have Movement Break Videos with a Winter Theme!
If you work with younger students that need movement breaks in a session, you can use these fun winter-themed songs. When I do whole class lessons on the SMARTboard in a classroom, I would often pull up one of these videos when kids were struggling to pay attention.
You are also providing another new opportunity to learn language through song because many of the songs have verb actions or use winter vocabulary.
You can also work on verb actions, initiating requesting for the song, and discussing if they liked the song.
Some songs you can even work on left or right and other basic concepts.
What movement breaks do you like using? Share in the comments!
If you want all these winter songs in one place as well as more of my faves, grab this free winter YouTube Google Slides by clicking the pink button.
Use Google Slides to Organize Your Winter Videos
One way you can keep all your favorite videos organized is by adding them to a Google Slide or PowerPoint. I find that adding them to Google Slides are easier for sharing with educators or families. Once you add in all the video links, you can easily navigate to the ones you need for the lesson.
Once you have it organized, you can use it year after year with your groups. If you need all of these videos in an organized Google Slides presentation, grab my winter-themed language lesson plan guides that have a Google Slides™ presentation included. It comes with everything ready to go.
You can see how you can organize your videos and activities in the video below.