There are a few different ways to tackle your speech therapy lesson plan strategy – from the detailed lesson plans we created back in grad school (remember spending hours of prep time on one session for one kid???) to the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants no plan that creeps out, especially during busy paperwork times of the year.
As someone who loves a good system, it will probably come as no surprise to you that I have a super simple routine so my language therapy groups basically run themselves!
Here’s an example of how I might plan for ~4 sessions for a language therapy (or mixed!) group! 👇
1 – For session 1, we’d read The Rainy Day text and identify the story elements in the story. We could also discuss vocab words and answer the comprehension questions. I also like cutting the text apart and having my students put it back in the correct order. This gives me the opportunity to ask lots of questions about how they knew which parts came first, in the middle, or at the end! 💡
2 – The second session, I’d use this picture to elicit a story. This is a perfect photo to use because The Rainy Day text was about a dog on a rainy day – so my students already have a bunch of background knowledge about how a story about this topic might go. 🌧 Of course, they can get as creative as they want, too!
3 – The third session, which I’ve probably teased several times by now, we get to watch a video! I love Pixar shorts and to go with this weather theme, I’d probably use “Partly Cloudy”. ⛅️ Then, my students could identify the story elements in that video!
4 – The last session in this sequence, I’d use the same graphic organizer and have my students create and retell a whole new story! ✅ For added supports, I might use Story Cubes or other visuals.
This is how I lesson plan for my groups! If this structure seemed to work, I might even repeat it all school year long for some of my groups (using new themes/texts/topics).
You can use any materials with this sequence of events, but I like using my themed language therapy units available in a money-saving bundle, or individually as well. My example lesson plans above are from my Weather themed language therapy unit. The best part about using these packets is that it is predictable and reliable for both you (so much easier to teach, practice, and monitor progress!), and your students (to help scaffold them towards using these skills with classroom materials!)
And of course, these packets have materials for many different skill levels and many different language needs, which you could incorporate into your own speech therapy lesson plan routine.
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I hope this lesson planning tip is helpful!! 🙂