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  • Writer's pictureStacy Crouse

Weather Themed Lesson Plan Activities For Speech Therapy and Teletherapy

Weather is a theme that all students can relate to in some way, which makes it such a great topic to learn about in speech therapy! Most students have not experienced all types of weather, especially severe weather, conditions. The beauty of using a weather theme to target speech and language goals is that we can naturally build off of students' prior knowledge and experiences.

Weather is not only a relatable topic but also a functional one. It's something that students learn about in science. They might even learn about significant weather events in social studies or history. Additionally, the weather is a common topic in social interactions with others, as well as something that's shown often on the news. And most importantly, students should be able to identify and respond to severe weather that can occur where they live.

For this evergreen theme (i.e. it can be used any time of year!), I've collected links to a variety of different weather-related activities that you can use with your students. The best part– nothing has to be printed. Use these activities in teletherapy or in-person using an iPad, computer, or smart board!

Extreme Weather Boom Cards for Speech Therapy

Boom Card decks, especially those that target a variety of skills, make it a breeze to use themes effectively in therapy. For me, there is no resource more useful than one that teaches about an interesting topic and targets multiple functional goals.

Weather Boom Cards for speech therapy being used on a laptop in a teletherapy session

This resource is designed for older elementary students (grades 3-5) that are working on language goals such as vocabulary in context, comprehension, text inferences, and past tense verbs. It teaches about 8 types of extreme weather, so it lasts across several sessions!

Extreme Weather Passages & Activities Download for Speech Therapy

This interactive PDF is the much-requested sequel to my National Parks resource for older students. After reading an included high-interest, informational passage about one type of extreme weather or natural disaster (such as tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, etc.), you can easily target higher-level language goals with your middle and high school students.

Severe Weather Comprehension and Vocabulary Activity for Speech Therapy

For each of the 8 types of weather, there are 25 multiple choice or short answer questions to target vocabulary and comprehension. Just like the Boom Card deck above, this resource will last you for weeks!

If you're an email subscriber, try a free sample of this resource to see if your students love the topic!

Weather Themed Books for Speech Therapy

There are a lot of books out there (and I mean a lot) pertaining to weather. Below, I have listed just a few. Search the titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).

  • National Geographic Readers: Weather by Kristin Rattini (4-6 years)

  • The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane by Joanne Cole (for preschool-3rd grade)

  • Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle (preschool-2nd grade)

  • Tornado Alert by Franklyn Branley (1st-4th grades)

  • Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn Branley (kindergarten-4th grade)

  • National Geographic Everything Weather by Kathy Furgang (8-12 years)

  • Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code by Amy Cherrix (middle school)

Weather Themed Websites and Games for Speech Therapy

Weather Themed Videos for Speech Therapy

Weather Articles & Activities for Older Students

spring activity for older students in speech therapy

Your students will love learning more about the topic of weather, and you can keep the information and activities as simple or complex as works for your students! With this theme, the sky's the limit (no pun intended)!

If you want an organized way to hang on to all of these links, make sure to add this FREE spreadsheet of links to your Google Drive!

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