Sometimes I get tired of seeing the same old themes over and over, which is why I love using a volcano theme in my speech therapy! Kids of all ages love volcanoes and they lend themselves to fun extension activities for that all important student buy-in!
There are so many benefits to using themed units in speech therapy, including increasing engagement! And studies have actually shown that kids make greater gains when they are engaged in therapy!
My Volcano Themed Language Therapy Unit for Speech Therapy includes everything, all the stimulus materials and quality graphic organizers you need for just about your whole caseload!
Simple Ways to Have Fun!
Volcano Themed Activities
Kids who love music and videos will love the song Lava during your volcano theme! The best part about this song is that it works for all ages – young children who love music, and older students working on inferencing, because the animators are able to give expression and emotions to volcanoes.
And really, what’s a volcano unit without a little science experiment? Kids love to watch explosions, and a small, classroom volcano will give them what they want! I like the volcano experiment here because it has some visuals and a video model (you could just watch the video, but it’s pretty easy just to make one yourself!)
Volcano Theme Books
If you would like a picture book to anchor your therapy theme, there are a few picture books about volcanoes out there. Going to the Volcano by Andy Stanton is a cute one!
There are lots of other simple ways to include the volcano theme into your therapy:
- Target simple directions and watch the ingredients go in the volcano and the foam come out
- Ask simple wh- questions about volcanoes: Where can we find volcanoes? What comes out of the volcano?
- Sequence the steps you take to create a volcano explosion
- And most importantly: Listen to what your child says and recast and expand!
Volcano Theme Language Speech Therapy Unit
If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, with just about everything you’d want to target in your language therapy, my themed language speech therapy unit is for you!
My volcano themed language units includes all the materials you need to target:
- Core vocabulary (that, open)
- Basic concepts (hot, top)
- Describing (volcanoes, landforms, hot things)
- Tier 2 vocabulary (huge, erupt, active, dormant, extinct)
- Prefixes (ex-, -ion)
- Sentence combining
- Comprehending narrative texts
- Comprehending non-fiction texts
- WH questions
- Comparing and contrasting
We’re talking over 100 pages of volcano themed goodness, with gorgeous photos, helpful icons, and systematic instructional materials.
Other SLPs absolutely LOVE my volcano language therapy unit. Here is some feedback I’ve received:
“Some of the best speech-language resources available anywhere. These units are far more engaging, and are far more effective, than most of what’s available from commercial materials vendors. My students LOVED the volcanoes unit!”
— Mary Anne R.
“Great activity! This unit targeted so many goals that our kiddos are working on. I myself enjoyed learning more about Volcanos. This unit kept all of us engaged and students asked questions, we learned more about the Ring of Fire, we went on virtual field trips. I would recommend this resource to any therapist.”
— a V.
“THIS is AWESOME!!! I love how there are different levels depending on the child’s ability and so many things to work on, like definitions/vocabulary, comprehension and even phonology! I actually printed out pages for a student who has a phonological goal who loves non fiction! This is perfect!”
— Brenda C.
Have fun in your therapy sessions and get the work done!