If you are using Google Slides™ to create materials and lessons for your teletherapy sessions, you will be so excited to learn about this Google Slides™ video hack.
When I am using YouTube movie clips in therapy, I don’t want my students to watch the entire clip before discussing something from the video. With Google Slides™ you can program the video for where you want it to start and stop.
Using Google Slides™ to Plan Lessons
For many of my teletherapy push-in and small group sessions, I use Google Slides™ to organize and plan my lessons. Adding in videos into a Google Slide has helped me plan for lessons virtually.
It is easy to make task cards, parent coaching assignments, visual supports, and lesson plans using Google Slides™.
To keep my therapy materials and activities organized, I will use a Google Slide template to link to YouTube videos, websites, Boom Cards, or PDFs in my Google Drive. If you need pre-made Google Slide templates, I have a resource to help you customize materials for your students and keep you organized!
When planning a lesson for small groups or push-in lessons, I often enjoy using movie clips, commercials, songs for brain breaks, or book read aloud videos.
With many YouTube videos, there are introductions that you want to surpass to get to the main parts of the video. We all have students on our caseload that struggle with attention and focus, so having the video cued up to the spot that we want to use is an amazing hack.
In Google Slides, you have the option to format the video for when it will start and stop. You can also click if you want the video to be “muted” when the start button is clicked.
YouTube Tutorial on How to Add a Video to Google Slides
When you want to use movie clips to discuss a skill, often times you may only want to show a certain part of the video.
Once you click “insert” and select video, you can paste in the URL for the YouTube video.
Then, you will right-click the video and select “format options.” You can adjust the start and end times, so that when you get to that slide, and click “play” on the video, the video will start playing at the time frame you selected.
This means you can surpass all the video introductions or unnecessary information without having to remember where to start the video.
You can also break up parts of a video clip to only show a shorter segment, because you want to talk about a certain part of the video.
This has been helpful for making activities to target verb-tense, tier II vocabulary and answering wh-questions about a video. For December, I used several Elf movie clips to create stimulus items for past-tense verbs. With the video hack, I could “duplicate” the slide and re-formated when the video started and stopped.
If you need these pre-made holiday movie clips for past-tense verbs, click the pink button below to download your FREE copy. You can use these clips to target wh-questions, expected/unexpected, perspective taking, summarizing, making predictions, and tier II vocabulary.
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 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 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 Turkey 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.
What winter 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.
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 digital farm activities you can use in your 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 mild-moderate language students too. Plus, these digital materials can be used for teletherapy, on the iPad in small groups or part of a whole class lesson on the Smartboard.
The BEST Farm App to target Basic Concepts and Language Targets
If you have students working on basic concepts, yes/no questions, vocabulary goals and grammar markers, the Sago Mini Farm app is the BEST.
I personally love this app because there are a lot of opportunities to work on basic concept pairs like on/off, up/down, in/out, etc.
Their apps are very affordable (only $3.99) and I find that the app provides a lot of fun little features, so you can make the app engaging for more than one session.
If you are wanting to use this app in teletherapy, you can screen mirror your iPad and use it across the computer. This app has saved me in my individual sessions to keep attention because there are a lot of different picture scenes that can be manipulative in the app that I think you LOVE it.
You could even adapt this app to work on storytelling with the animals on the farm.
Digital Farm Activities Using YouTube Videos
There are a lot of fun digital farm YouTube videos that you can make interactive with your students.
You can use these videos on a Smartboard for push-in therapy, during teletherapy or in small groups.
To make the video more interactive, you can pause it to have students reply verbally.
When your students need a break after doing a hard task or after reading the book, this is a fun way to keep your students engaged with the farm-themed lesson.
The farmyard guessing game sketches out the farm animal, which you can work on “what” questions, and the CORE vocabulary “look” and “wait” as you anticipate what farm animal is being drawn.
Digital Farm Activities Using Google Slides
When you have the Google Slide open in edit mode, you can move and drag pictures. It has been easy to work on teaching CORE vocabulary for “more” while putting animals on the farm. If you need activities to work on teaching more using Google Slides, this Farm scene is in that resource.
If you are looking for digital farm materials 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 farm-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 farm words. One website I use to find real photos that is FREE is Pixabay.
YouTube has a lot of great videos about a farm 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 the farm theme. 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 farm 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 farm-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!
Boom Learning Activities with a Farm Theme
Add Farm 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 farm 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!!
Farm Activities and Toys to Use in Speech Therapy
If you love using books, toys, and printables in your therapy sessions, check out these other farm-themed blog posts that are filled with ideas for books and toys you can use in therapy. Just click the photos below to head to the blog posts. If you need some new ways to use farm toys in therapy, check out this blog post.
What digital farm 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.
Do you love using The Gingerbread Man story in your therapy sessions? It is great for teaching oral narration and language skills.
Over the years, I have even found ways to incorporate social pragmatic skills with a gingerbread man theme.
Today, I wanted to share some gingerbread man speech therapy activities you can do with your students in December or January.
Gingerbread Man Speech Therapy Activities
You can work on oral narration and comprehension using the book The Gingerbread Man. Another way to build language is to compare and contrast different versions of The Gingerbread Man.
Here are some book versions that you can use in therapy (Amazon affiliate links included):
After reading the story, you can work on word opposites such as hungry/full, fast/slow, go/stop, wet/dry, shallow/deep.
As a group, you can target the tier II vocabulary of chase, stream, and gobble.
You can discuss kitchen utensils and things that people can bake.
Review each picture in the story and work on grammar concepts while retelling the story.
Gingerbread Man Activities for Mixed Groups
You can use gingerbread man cookies to work on so many functional language skills. Have your students decorate gingerbread man cookies to work on CORE vocabulary, requesting, commenting and sequencing. I found these different sized cookie cutters, so we also worked on big, bigger, and biggest. Students working on articulation carryover can practice their speech sounds while explaining how they decorated their gingerbread man cookie.
When using a task card deck with your mixed groups, you can make the deck more engaging by planning the “Catch the gingerbread man” game. All you need are gingerbread men, some fox printables, paper clips and a magnetic wand. Attach gingerbread men to most of the task cards. Put a few foxes under the cards. Then, students pick a card with the magnetic wand. If it has a gingerbread man, they get to keep it. If it has a fox, then they lose a card. Grab these free printables HERE.
Gingerbread Man Brain Break Activities
For your students that need movement to help them stay engaged, I highly recommend these YouTube videos as fun brain breaks.
This allows your students a quick time to get their wiggles out while still moving their bodies to something related to The Gingerbread Man theme.
The second YouTube video puts some verbs from the story in song form which may help some of your students with learning that vocabulary.
I love incorporating YouTube videos into my whole class push-in lessons to break up the session. What YouTube videos do you like to use in therapy for a Gingerbread Man?
Gingerbread Song Videos to Use in Therapy
Many of my students struggle with sitting on the carpet for whole class lessons or at a table. So, after I do a book, or we do an activity, I mix up the session with a fun themed song. It’s great when the song has actions related to the theme. These songs show how to bake gingerbread man cookies. You can target verb actions while singing and dancing to the songs.
Visual Supports for Story Retell
To work on story retell using The Gingerbread Man, use file folder activities to help scaffold oral narration.
Some of your students may need step by step visual supports with what happened in the story. Use the file folders in my TPT store to plan leveled activities for your students. For SLPs doing teletherapy or using their iPad, I have a Boom Card version for The Gingerbread Man story retell.
You may have some students with complex communication needs and need additional supports to help them demonstrate their comprehension of the story. You can have your students match characters or story elements if they can’t verbally sequence the story.
For students working on increasing MLU, have them use the visual sentence frames to build sentences about “who” was chasing the gingerbread man.
Gingerbread Man Sensory Bin
Work on story retell using visual supports in a sensory bin. You can check out how I made a gingerbread man sensory bin HERE.
It includes free printables to make your own gingerbread man sensory bin.
Gingerbread Man Activities for Body in the Group
The gingerbread man loves to be chased. And, it seems to be quite hard to catch him. Planning a body in the group gingerbread man chase around campus can be a practical way for you to work on staying with a group and thinking about others.
Check out this blog post to see how you can plan a gingerbread man hunt and work on social pragmatics as a whole class. I used a free printable to make this activity come to life!
Google Slide Materials for The Gingerbread Man
If you are doing teletherapy, you can use this Gingerbread Man Google Slides™ included in the Gingerbread Man Push-In Language Lesson Plan guides to have all your book read alouds, brain breaks, videos, and digital materials organized so you can easily get to the activity you want to use. You can link to websites and other materials on the Google Slide as well. I will often add Boom Card links, YouTube videos, or websites that have fun gingerbread man games like ABCya.
Gingerbread Man Push-In Lesson Plan Ideas
When I plan push-in lessons for my K-1 and 1-2 Special Day Classrooms, I like to read a story book at the carpet and do a Google Slide presentation as a group.
Then, the class breaks up into three smaller group work stations. I plan three activities that align with theme of the week and use the teacher and aides to help with running stations. To see how I setup my push-in lessons, head to this blog post. If you are interested in learning about different collaborative service models, head to this blog post.
At the stations, you can plan an easy craft, use the characters from the story to work on prepositions while playing “Simon says”, and a pretend play gingerbread man cookie baking station to work on language and social skills in a functional way.
If you are needing lesson plan guides that will help you implement small group and whole class lessons, check out my gingerbread man push-in guides. It has 3-5 small group activities, book suggestions, a letter to send home to parents, a Google Slide presentation and cheat sheet guides for the teacher aides. Grab this resource and finally feel confident with structuring your therapy sessions.
These are the activities you can do with a gingerbread man theme. What do you plan for your students? Share in the comments!