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If you are planning some themed therapy for the month of November, you can use a turkey-theme to cover a lot of goals. Traditionally, at a Thanksgiving meal, many families eat turkey as the main course, so you can discuss turkey as part of a meal.
Or, you can highlight turkeys in your therapy sessions to discuss a type of animal, specifically a farm animal with your students. One of the most versatile things to cover is a farm theme. You can highlight different animals each week to work on the category group of farm animals, but in that sub-category, you can also cover a lot of speech and language goals talking about individual farm animals. If you need digital therapy resources for a farm theme, I have a blog post filled with great recommendations you can read HERE.
When discussing turkey’s you can find reading passages about turkeys to work on the main idea, comprehension questions, tier II vocabulary, summarizing, and explaining details with grammatically correct sentences. To read about turkey ideas to cover those goals, head to this BLOG POST.
Whether you are in-person or doing teletherapy, you can use turkey videos to help frame your therapy sessions with engaging content. In this blog post, I will be sharing some of my favorite turkey videos you can use in speech therapy.
Turkey Videos to Work on Main Idea and Details.
You can work on main idea and details about fun turkey facts 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.
Homeschool Pop also has two great videos sharing about turkey facts.
Use Kami Chrome Extension to Write on Worksheets While Using Videos
You can use these videos while filling out a graphic organizer for Turkey’s can, turkey’s are, and turkey’s have. 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 graphic organizer, this one is included in my Turkey Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides.
Turkey 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.
If you are looking for a book that discusses Thanksgiving meals, this book Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules is a great way to discuss that each family may pick a different type of meat or food item for their main course, but the reason for gathering as a family is the same. It showcases how a Vietnamese family gathers for Thanksgiving and that although families may eat different foods at Thanksgiving, they are all gathering to be thankful for family and friends.
Have Movement Break Videos with a Turkey Theme!
If you work with younger students that need movement breaks in a session, you can use these fun turkey-themed songs. When I do whole class lessons on the SMARTboard, I would often pull up one of these videos when kids were struggling to pay attention.
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!
Use Google Slides to Organize Your Turkey 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 turkey push-in lesson plan guide. It comes with everything ready to go.
You can see how you can organize your videos in the video below.
What turkey videos have you found to be helpful for your caseload? I would love to add them to my stash of materials! Share in the comments.