Rain and Water Cycle Themed Activities for Speech Therapy and Teletherapy
Sometimes I really stretch my imagination to find the most riveting and intriguing themes for my teletherapy sessions. And sometimes I use more everyday themes. You know, like... water.
That's right. Water. I mean, why shouldn't the most abundant molecule on Earth receive it's own week in speech therapy? But don't worry, you don't have to sacrifice any excitement when using this everyday theme. Keep reading to hear more!
This digital discovery is one of my favorites... it's packed with language about water! Where water comes from, how we use it, and so much more! I'll be honest, I learned a thing or two while creating it, so even your older students will be intrigued. You can really make the activity and goals as simple or complex as you want.... the clouds, errr I mean the sky is the limit!
You know I love an activity that I can open first thing in the morning and use ALL. DAY. LONG. That is totally this deck of rain-themed Boom Cards! With 8 activities included, you can really dive into the theme.
Effortlessly target language goals such as verbs, directions, adjectives, figurative language, and more. Like an old friend, this deck is always there when you need it. Which is basically every session at this point in the school year, am I right?
Search the following book titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).
In the Rain by Elizabeth Spurr
Worm Weather by Jean Taft
Splat the Cat - Rain is a Pain by Rob Scotton
Rain by Sam Usher
Rain by Linda Ashman and Christian Robinson
Weather Watch: Rain by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst
Rain by Grace Hansen
How are Rain, Snow, and Hail Alike? by Ellen Lawrence
Scholastic video about the water cycle
BrainPop video about the water cycle
This video explains water treatment Plants, and how they get clean water to people.
Games & Activities
This is a cool website where you can manipulate a map to see current clouds and precipitation in real time!
The Natural Water Cycle is a fun gamification of the water cycle.
ABCYa's Hydro Logic is another game that teaches the water cycle.
Articles & Activities For Older Students
Learn about mountains and rain shadows by scrolling through 9 pages of information, pictures, and videos.
This Tween Tribune article tells ways in which people have tried to improve the umbrella in recent years. Bet your students never thought about that topic, but they will now!
This Tween Tribune article discusses the distinct smell of rain.
This article from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on ReadWorks is all about precipitation.
Weather memory game matching words with definitions
And last but not least, you really can't go wrong with creating a funny rain-themed fill-in-the-blank story. Page 10-11 of my Spring Speech Libs is a great activity for mixed groups or to fill a few minutes at the end of a session.
So, have I convinced you that even the most mundane of topics make great speech therapy themes? Since a field trip to the water park is probably out of the question, I'm pretty sure this collection of water-themed activities is the next best thing!