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Engaging Turkey Videos to Use in Speech Therapy

Engaging Turkey Videos to Use in Speech Therapy

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. 

Turkey Videos for Speech Therapy to use in teletherapy

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 videos for speech therapy

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.

Other ways to use books are by screen sharing while projecting a book from Kindle Unlimited, Vooks, or using Epic.

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.

Turkey Videos for speech therapy to use with movement breaks

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.

Thanksgiving PUSH-IN Language Activities for K-2

Thanksgiving PUSH-IN Language Activities for K-2

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.

Thanksgiving push in language activities for busy SLPs

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.

Thanksgiving Push-In Language Activities

First, you can pick any Thanksgiving themed book to read to the class. I read Twas’ The Night Before Thanksgiving to the class.

I also love the book Turkey Trouble, Bear Says Thanks, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Turkey or 10 Fat Turkeys. As I read the book, I emphasized verbs, key vocabulary and asked the students wh-questions.

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 activities to use with your k-2 students. Lesson plans all ready for you, so you can focus on helping your students communicate. #dabblingslp #speechtherapy #schoolslp #slps #thanksgivingactivities #languagetherapy #kindergartenactivities #sped #pushintherapy

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 myself each runs a different station. I usually take the activity that I know how to adapt across all my students goals. At my station, this is where I try to take some data on the students 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.

Owen Van Horne, A. J., Curran, M., Larson, C., & Fey, M. E. (2018). Effects of a Complexity-Based Approach on Generalization of Past Tense –ed and Related Morphemes. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49(3S), 681–693.

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:Thanksgiving push-in language activities for the busy SLP />

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.

Thanksgiving push-in language activities plans to help ya get through the week!

We used the verb cards from my Thanksgiving grammar and vocabulary activities. The instructional aid ran that station.

Small Group Station #3

For the last station, I had the classroom teacher do some structured drill practice of third person singular and working on identifying verbs.

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After they finished with the drill activity, the kids got to play with my Can You Find It? Fall sensory bin. If you like using sensory bins and need some fall themed bins, check out this post HERE.

What Activities Do You Plan For Your PUSH-IN Lessons?

I would love to know what activities you plan for your push-in lessons. Share an idea in the comments or leave a comment with a question!

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