After your students finish their crafts, you can laminate them to send home as homework for the Thanksgiving break. Your students can have it at their dinner table to remember to practice their speech or language targets.
Another way to extend the use of this craft is to keep them as warm-ups for collecting data or quick drill.
Love Using Crafts in Your Speech Therapy Sessions?
If you need some more craft ideas to pair with your fall-themed units, check out this blog post. One of my FAVE crafts to use with most of my caseload is the windsock craft. Check out more about that craft HERE.
If you are looking for some videos about Thanksgiving that you can use in your speech therapy sessions, I am going to share some in this blog post. It’s always a good idea to ask your students and talk with parents before discussing this holiday because some families do not celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us celebrate this holiday with the mindset of gathering with family and friends sharing in thanksgiving and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I know there is a complicated history surrounding this holiday for the indigenous community, so always consult your student’s families when using some of these videos.
If you are not wanting to use Thanksgiving videos, you can always use alternatives such as videos about gratitude, families gathering for dinner, or learning about turkeys. Here is a blog post about turkeys and ideas for therapy.
Thanksgiving Commercials For Speech
When working on social pragmatic goals to teach perspective taking, identifying non-verbal cues, and emotions/body language, commercials can really help with teaching these concepts. Plus, they are quick to watch and don’t require a TON of prep work. Here are some videos that I thought would work well for therapy:
This turkey commercial is about a woman who gets a phone call from someone encouraging them to forget the turkey and to go sh0pping for a sale. She ends the phone call with “Who is this?” Then, the commercial goes to the caller and it’s a turkey at a pay phone. You can use this to talk about the humor of the commercial, making inferences and perspective taking.
In this video about Thanksgiving dinner, a woman keeps bringing out the dishes, and the people around the table cheer every time she comes in the room. You can discuss what she could be thinking when they cheer. At the end of the commercial, you discover that behind the door is a TV and everyone is watching a football game.
To discuss how some families feel stressed about preparing a big Thanksgiving meal, you could watch this commercial from Oscar Mayer. There is one section of the clip where the wife points her knife at her husband, so if that is concerning, then this commercial may work for you. As a group, you can not only work on making inferences, discussing emotions, etc, but you can also discuss how you can help your own parents prepare the meal. Or, if they notice their parents stressed based on their tone of voice, body language or words and how they can respond to support their parents with preparing the meals.
More Commercials You Can Use In Therapy
Check out these commercials if you need a quick video to show students how people prepare and celebrate Thanksgiving.
Wordless Short Videos for Thanksgiving
Simon’s Cat videos are the best for covering a LOT of goals. Check out my blog post HERE to see how to use them with your students. Here are two festive videos about Thanksgiving dinner. One is about the cat preparing to eat a bird as his feast. In “Fast Food,” Simon is enjoying his turkey dinner while his cat sneakily grabs his dinner when he isn’t looking. Click the pictures below to see those videos about Thanksgiving.
Funny Videos About Thanksgiving with Dogs
For those of you SLPs that have dog-loving students on your caseload, this video will definitely perk their interest! In this video, the dog cooks Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some skills you can target with this video:
Naming food and kitchen supplies for categories
Working on emotions and what the dog could be thinking
For some reason, people in general love to see bloopers and fails. When we need some laughs in therapy, that’s when you want to pull up a funny turkey and Thanksgiving fails video. Make sure to preview them for any inappropriate language or images of things that may not be good for viewing at school.
What Videos About Thanksgiving Do You Use in Therapy?
What Thanksgiving videos do you use in therapy? I would LOVE to add to my list. Share in the comments. If you are needing winter videos to use in speech therapy, check out this BLOG POST. It has a FREE Google Slide with all the winter-themed videos organized for you. When things get busy, it is great to have some videos on hand that you can pull up with ease!
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.
Planning push-in language lessons for the classroom environment can be scary! And stressful. You are worried about failing with behavior management and having the time to plan lessons.
If you use these activity ideas for your lesson planning, your stress will go down because you will have a plan. And, your kids will be engaged, so unwanted behaviors will occur lesson.
Where I Currently Do Push-In Language Support
I have found the most success with doing push-in therapy in the Special Day Classroom setting. I would love to do more push-in for the general education classroom. A big roadblock for me with pushing into the general education classroom is that many of the students are in different classrooms. So, if I need to see three students at a certain time, I can’t push-in to all their classrooms at that time. And, many times, I didn’t have extra time slots to push-in to three classrooms.
If you are wanting to start pushing into the classroom, I recommend trying the Special Day Classroom!
This is how I set up my push-in lesson plans. I do a whole class activity for about 15-20 minutes. Then, I break the students into three small groups. I run a group, the teacher and aid each run a group. This allows us to provide small group instructions. Typically, I run the language group that is more complex or needs to adapt materials for many goals. Below, I am going to share Thanksgiving push-in lessons you can do in the classroom.
Even if you don’t currently use a push-in language model, you can still use these activities in small group sessions.
After I read the book, as a whole class we did a fabulous brain break dance to Gobble, Gobble, Turkey Wobble. This activity was a way to get the kids out of their chairs and following the words of the song. If you have students working on social pragmatics, you can have them participate working on keeping his/her body in the group.
Thanksgiving Simon Says Verb Actions
As a whole class, we played a mean game of Simon Says Thanksgiving verb actions. I modified the rules to just have one person telling everyone what action to do. We didn’t play the “Simon didn’t say part”. We acted out the following verb actions:
carving the turkey
cutting the green beans
stuffing the turkey
spraying whip cream
eating pumpkin pie
mashing the potatoes
stirring the pie batter
cutting the apples for the pie
pouring the gravy
spreading the butter on the bread
scooping the mashed potatoes
setting the table
Thanksgiving Push-In Language Activities at Small Group Stations
After we do the 20-minute whole class lesson, I break the students into smaller groups. The teacher, instructional aid, and I each run a different station. I usually take the activity that I know how to adapt across all my student’s goals. At my station, this is where I try to take some data on the student’s performance.
For my station, we watched this super fun Thanksgiving-themed Simon’s cat video. If you have not heard of these videos, you need to start using them! Check out my blog post here for ways to adapt these free YouTube videos for your younger and older students.
I used this video to target a lot of verbs and story sequencing. The first time we watched it, I modeled a variety of verbs with the present progressive verb tense.
I have been reading some research that says when we target a variety of verbs with a specific morpheme marker, we can help increase generalization.
During this lesson, I used conversational recasting during the video with my students. If the student said, “cat take”, I would recast the student’s production with “The cat is taking the food.” With conversational recasting, you take the student’s utterance and model it for them with the correct grammar form.
Here are the verbs we used during this activity: />
Small Group Station #2
For the second station, students practiced learning Thanksgiving-themed verbs playing a lively game of memory using magnetic wands. I just put paperclips on the cards and kids got to pick cards using my magnetic wand. Students simultaneously worked on turn taking and following the social rules for a game.
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