Dog Themed Lesson Plan Activities For Teletherapy
I00% dog person here, folks.
National Dog Day is August 26th, and I've got your teletherapy dog-themed activity needs more than covered. Full disclosure, I probably won't be your go-to for National Cat Day ideas (is that a thing?), but check out these doggone good finds from around the web to engage your students at the end of August.... or any time!
This Boom Card deck has something for nearly all of my students. With 8 different speech and language activities including vocabulary, sequencing, inferencing, listening comprehension, verbs, and more, I'll be using this to introduce the theme and tons of dog-related vocabulary, hone in on specific skills, and send for homework practice.
Search the following book titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).
My Dog Thinks I'm A Genius by Harriet Ziefert
Lucy Rescued by Harriet Ziefert
The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Clifford the Big Red Dog series by Norman Bridwell
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
My Dog Likes Me by Bobbi Kalman
Guess the Dog by Kari Noel
Short, Shorter, Shortest by Rebecca Felix
Cool Pets for Kids: Dogs by Dawn Titmus
Perfect to address almost anything! Verb tenses, pronouns, making inferences and predictions, sequencing, retelling, and so much more!
Games & activities
These activities can be used for reinforcement or any number of speech and language goals!
The PBS Kids website has a slew of fun dog-themed games and activities, such as these Clifford games and these Martha Speaks ones.
"Puppies and Buddies" memory game on Disney.com
101 Dalmatians Match and Dash on Disney.com
Dog With a Blog: Stan's Dream Escape on Disney.com
"Dog Doodle" on Toy Theater
There are dozens of digital coloring pages of dogs on thecolor.com, which are great to fill a few minutes of extra time or target description and vocabulary.
Activities for Older Students
These activities are great for targeting comprehension, vocabulary in context, main idea and supporting details, articulation carryover, and more!
A Brief History of Dogs by National Geographic
"Through The Nose" on ReadWorks
Articles about Dogs on Newsela (filter by text level)
Phew! You should be set to "work like a dog" on those speech and language goals for National Dog Day, or any day. Have fun!