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  • Writer's pictureStacy Crouse

National Parks Themed Lesson Plan Activities For Teletherapy

The national parks are not only a top choice travel destination of mine, but also one of my favorite topics to incorporate into teletherapy with students of all ages. This theme allows me and my students to broaden our scenic horizons while we target speech and language goals. With National Park Week occurring every mid-April (the week of Earth Day), it's the perfect opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful corners of the country!

Speaking of exploring, check out the links below to a variety of national park themed resources from around the web!

National Park Books for Speech Therapy

Search the following book titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).

  • Redwoods by Jason Chin

  • The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

  • Who Pooped in the Park read by the author, Gary Robson

  • Hello, National Parks! by Martha Day Zschock

  • Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

  • You Are Home by Evan Turk

National Park Videos for Speech Therapy

National Park Games & Activities for Speech Therapy

Digital National Park Guidebook for Speech Therapy

Digital language activity for older students in speech therapy

This Digital Guidebook opens in Google Slides and includes links to 10 U.S. national park websites for students to explore. Students can then synthesize information from the site and complete the guidebook while targeting goals such as identifying main idea and supporting details, determining word meaning, and reading comprehension. And don't forget to check out the built-in links to the live webcams of each park for added excitement!

National Park Passages for Speech Therapy

Language activity for older students in speech therapy with a National Parks theme

This interactive PDF contains passages for seven national parks and questions for each one to target vocabulary in context, synonyms and antonyms, comprehension, and making inferences. I generally do one park a week with my students for several weeks in April and May!

Here are a couple more links to articles for targeting various language goals:

Want more? The National Park Service has you covered. They have this dedicated space on their site for teachers. It's full of links (nearly 300!) to "Distance Learning" resources for students of all ages. It's a lot to sift through, but you can narrow your search by grade level, common core standard, subject, and more on the left side of the page.

Your students might enjoy learning about the National Park sites around them! With over 400 in the U.S., you can use this site to look up parks by state.

I hope these ideas bring you and your students all the beauty of the nation’s protected lands (minus the pricey airfare... and bugs 🤣) in teletherapy this year. Plus, no one will even notice you sneaking in work on some speech and language goals. Next stop — anywhere you choose!

Want some more lesson planning inspo? Check out these other themed lesson plan blog posts or my FREE lesson plan spreadsheets for teletherapy!

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