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  • Writer's pictureStacy Crouse

Thanksgiving Themed Activities for Teletherapy

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, teletherapy SLPs might be scrambling to finish progress reports and complete evaluations and IEP meetings before winter break. Not to mention, maybe even planning the Thanksgiving menu or preparing for travel or hosting company. Either way, there is no time left to put together a lesson plan of any kind, let alone Thanksgiving-themed activities for virtual sessions.

But just like the food on the Thanksgiving table, there are plenty of digital turkey day activities to go around. Take a glance at this smorgasbord of platform-friendly materials that will make your November teletherapy sessions as juicy and meaty as the turkey itself!

Thanksgiving Boom Card Activities for Teletherapy

Boom Cards are a teletherapy go-to for themed activities, including Thanksgiving! Students love the magic of using a digital flashlight to search sound-loaded Thanksgiving scenes. While articulation targets are built-in, this deck gives tons of flexibility for addressing language goals too!

A magic flashlight Boom Card deck for Thanksgiving being used on a laptop for teletherapy

This Boom Card deck pretty much focuses only on Thanksgiving foods (and who doesn't love that) while targeting goals such as concepts and following directions. 10 cards for each type of concept (location, quantity, sequence, and negation) are included as students prepare the meal and fill their plates.

A following directions Boom Card deck for Thanksgiving being used on a laptop for teletherapy

Thanksgiving PDF Activities for Teletherapy

A downloaded PDF can also provide tons of versatility for working on multiple speech therapy goals using Thanksgiving vocabulary. The resource has activities for comprehension, asking questions, description, figurative language, and more. Use it with your elementary students on a computer for teletherapy, or an iPad or interactive whiteboard for in-person therapy.

A PDF Thanksgiving figurative language activity being used on a laptop for teletherapy

Thanksgiving Website Activities for Speech Therapy

I LOVE this Arthur Thanksgiving activity on PBS Kids. Actually, it's multiple activities in one! Students learn that everyone celebrates Thanksgiving differently, as they choose which Arthur character's home to visit (completing a unique activity in each house).

A digital coloring page is another fun Thanksgiving activity for students of various ages, and has several to choose from!

The sticker activity on the Toy Theater website is so versatile to use year-round, but there's a great kitchen background to use for Thanksgiving. Students can virtually cook their own meals using the food, kitchen, and people stickers on the site!

A website sticker activity on a laptop for students to create their own Thanksgiving scene

Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Activities for Older Students

Middle and high school SLPs need not bother with childish Thanksgiving resources when there are appropriate options for their students too!

In this Boom Card deck, students read a short passage about the origin of Thanksgiving before completing multiple language activities. Using the context of the passage, you'll be able to target goals such as comprehension, past tense verbs, synonyms, and antonyms.

A speech therapy Boom Card activity about the history of Thanksgiving on a laptop computer

If your older students are into more current topics, who doesn't love learning about the craziness of Black Friday shopping? This resource (which includes 2 digital versions and a printable) has an informational passage and several language activities to go along with it.

A student reading a Black Friday shopping passage during a teletherapy session

Bring out a fill-in-the-blank story about Thanksgiving dinner for students to create their own funny narrative. It's FREE and guaranteed to result in lots of laughs!

Thanksgiving activity for older students in teletherapy and speech therapy

There are several Simon's Cat Thanksgiving videos, including Things Simon is Thankful For and Fast Food. These are great for inferencing, narrating, and more!

National Geographic Kids discusses various Thanksgiving holiday traditions in this article, including breaking the wishbone and watching the New York City Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

And just for fun– this personality quiz from Scout Life determines which Thanksgiving food you are based on answers to various random questions. Students will be curious to see if the quiz identifies their favorite Thanksgiving food, which is a super fun way to spark conversation!

This Thanksgiving, you just might have more teletherapy activities than side dishes! These interactive resources are sure to make the last week or so of November fun and memorable in your (physical or virtual) speech therapy room.

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