Dinosaurs is a theme in our early
childhood special education curriculum and a colleague recently asked me for
some speech and language therapy ideas. The dinosaur theme is one that students
always enjoy and there are so many great resources for speech-language therapy
on the Internet.
Alamosaurus, Yangchuanosaurus, Dimetrodon, Brachiosaurus, Zhejiangopterus,
Ankylosaurus, and Zigongosaurus! Definitely
a good way to practice multisyllabic words and /r/ and /s/ sounds. Check out
the Field Guide at Dinosaur Train on the PBS KIDS.org website. Learn how to pronounce all
of those dinosaur names and know your dinosaur facts before beginning therapy sessions. And, while you are at
the site, look at the games and videos.
with your dinosaurs to teach verbs – eat, drink, sleep, jump, run, hop, walk,
go, sit, stop. Take pictures of your dinosaurs eating, jumping, sitting, etc.
Use the photos as visual supports or create a book. A nice example is Dinosaur’s Busy Day by Gaige at Tar Heel Reader. It would be fun to make a book with your
students and “their” dinosaurs.
you are at Tar Heel Reader, look at the many dinosaur books. Use them as is or
download and modify to meet your student’s needs. Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago is
perfect for early childhood groups.
have dinosaurs? Print and laminate the story props for Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland at Kizclub.com. If you
have access to this book, use it to teach describing words - meek, fierce, fast,
slow, weak, strong, short, and long.
at Kizclub, a dinosaur book to use in therapy or send home - expand sentences,
work on vocabulary, ask and answer who questions.
FREE Colorforms app has a dinosaur themed playset.
a dinosaur be a good pet? Visit 123Child.com to see this activity. Follow up by
reading the story Dino Store, a free interactive story app. This could turn
into a good writing activity.
Speech Days in the Pre-K made a FREE Dinosaur Language Pack containing 19
pages that target categorizing, vocabulary, regular past
tense verbs, and pragmatics.
FREE dinosaur themed items found at Teachers pay Teachers include
a paleontologist emergent reader at Making Learning Fun.com
Discover fun /s/ blend actions with dinosaurs while playing along with Keri at My SpeechParty.com. This is one of my favorite dinosaur finds. You and your students can play along with Keri during this 12 minute video while practicing s-blends, working on verbs, final consonant deletion, following directions, wh questions, and much more. It’s so much easier to get data when someone else is teaching.
digital books at We Give Books.org. There
you will find dinosaur books appropriate for the very young to age 10. Three of several include Skippyjon Jones and
the Big Bones, DK's Let's Look: Dinosaurs and
Meet the Dinosaurs.
you are going to talk about volcanoes, look at V is for Volcano from Preschool
Alphabet. The Classic Erupting Volcano would elicit much language, but using
the Mini Volcanoes (with eye droppers) would be very conducive to group work.
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