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Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Lesson

By Rosemarie Griffin

I love Thanksgiving! I also love being able to talk about thematic vocabulary with my students. I wanted to provide this Thanksgiving lesson plan so that you could use this with your students. Make sure to put your email below to receive your free Thanksgiving match game.

I often repeat books and activities with my students, so that they can really grasp the concepts addressed. This lesson is perfect to use for individual sessions, but lends itself to being used in small group lessons as well.

I would start the lesson with the Fall would you rather questions.

I love using would you rather questions, as they can be a fun way to get students talking back and forth. For students who benefit from a visual, that is included here!

After the would you rather questions, I would read a Thanksgiving themed book. I have created an adapted Thanksgiving book that uses real pictures, so it is perfect for learners of all ages. See that here.

Reading a themed book helps to reinforce the vocabulary you are addressing with your students. The last extension activity I would include is a Thanksgiving Match Game. You can print out this game and play memory with students. You can also use the beautiful pictures to have students pick a picture to name or to create a sentence about.

Just put your email below and the Thanksgiving Match Game will come right to your inbox.

What a fun and functional way to address all things Thanksgiving! This is what I will be working on in my therapy room. Make sure to visit me on Instagram to see this lesson in action.

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