Whether you are doing therapy in-person or via teletherapy, having engaging lessons for your students with moderate to severe disabilities can be challenging. This blog post is filled with engaging digital dinosaur activities you can use in your speech therapy sessions to increase engagement with your students.
I am all about adapting materials to cover a lot of goals and use across ages. These materials can definitely be used with your students with mild-moderate language impairments. Plus, many of the digital activities mentioned in this post can be used for teletherapy, on the iPad in small groups or as part of a whole-class lesson on the Smartboard.
The BEST Digital Dinosaur Books for Speech Therapy
If you are needing books with a dinosaur theme to use in teletherapy or in-person, check out Get Epic. They have a great selection of digital dinosaur books that you can use for a variety of ages.
I have been able to find a lot of digital dinosaur books that have vibrant photos and shorter-length text to use with my students that have more complex communication needs.
Some of my favorite books to use with the K-2 age group is “We’re Going on a Dinosaur Dig” and “How to Catch a Dinosaur.
There are also a lot of non-fiction dinosaur books that you can use to teach facts about dinosaurs as well as work on wh-questions, vocabulary, and describing dinosaurs.
Dinosaur Songs to Use as Brain Breaks
When we are doing therapy with our students, we know when they are starting to get antsy or bored with the activities we have planned.
So, one way to rejuvenate a session is to have our students do a brain break or sing a song. Why not have a song or brain break that relates to your dinosaur theme?
YouTube has a lot of great dinosaur-themed songs that you can use to get the wiggles out or work on verbs in action while singing.
Digital Dinosaur Activities Using Google Slides
If you are looking for digital dinosaur activities that you can use for virtual push-in sessions and small groups, I suggest using Google Slides.
Google Slides are very similar to PowerPoint, but you can share them with staff/parents, and assign them in Google Classroom.
I like using them to put all my digital materials for a theme in one place. I will insert dinosaur-themed book read alouds, YouTube videos, or insert links to Boom Cards or PDF resources. This way you can easily find the material you need without having tons of tabs open.
You can create picture scenes to work on sentence formation, answering wh-questions, and building vocabulary skills with dinosaur words. Or, work on basic concepts, verbs, vocabulary etc. with activities prepared in a Google Slide.
Organize Your Digital Dinosaur Activities With Google Slides
YouTube has a lot of great videos about a dinosaur theme that you can embed into your Google Slides. You can insert songs, book read alouds, and non-fiction videos to teach your students about dinosaurs. You can use this for your sessions, or assign in Google Classroom for parents to watch with their children throughout the week.
Having time to create Google Slides isn’t always possible, so if you need a farm Google Slide presentation, my dinosaur language lesson plan guide has one all ready to go for you!
You can then repurpose those lessons for whole class or individual sessions. You will definitely feel less stressed knowing that all of your digital materials are in one place. You can even add hyperlinks to your favorite Boom Cards. If you upload your dinosaur-themed static PDFs into your Google Drive, you can also link those to your Google Slide Presentation to have everything organized. If you need templates to create speech folders or group activities, check out these pre-made ones that make planning easier!
Digital Dinosaur Activities on Boom Learning
Add Dinosaur Giphys to Your Google Slides
If you want to create your own Google Slide materials, check out this YouTube video tutorial for how to add fun dinosaur giphys into your slides. You can search farm animals and put them in slides to make it look like a real movie. It will increase engagement a lot, I promise!!
What digital dinosaur activities have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments.