It’s all turkey and mashed potatoes this week in therapy! I’m using some real pictures and activities I made for my life skills class. I thought you might be able to use them too so I posted them on TPT today! Find the Life Skills Thanksgiving Mini Unit here.
This unit if perfect for speech therapy, life skills classes, or season review with younger students. This 22 page packet includes real life photos and simple language to discuss the topic of Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving Book: Use this book to talk about Thanksgiving. Read the book through with your students. Talk about the vocabulary words and actions in the story. Highlight the sequence of preparing and cooking dinner, then eating and cleaning up. Talk with your students about their experiences. Read the book a second time and leave out words to have your students fill in the blank. Non verbal students can point to pictures in the book. AAC users can use their voice output device. Ask WH questions relating to the book. Pages 3-13. Social Expectations: Use these two pages (14-15) to determine the appropriate behavior during Thanksgiving dinner.
Planning the Meal: Use pages 16-19 to help your students determine which foods are main dishes and which are side dishes. Make up your own menu for Thanksgiving!
Setting the Table: Help your students set the table for Thanksgiving. Complete example and pieces are included for practice. Use real pieces if you have them available! Pages 20-21. Sequencing Thanksgiving: Use the included pieces to sequence 4 major parts of Thanksgiving Dinner! Pages 23-24. Please look at the complete preview to see what you’re purchasing! If you have any questions, email before you purchase! Purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers to grab the instant download. How are you working on holiday activities with the severe classrooms?
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I do not have anything planned yet except for the Where is the Turkey materials from Chapel Hill Snippets.
I haven’t done a lot with Thanksgiving in the past, as we all get excited about Halloween, and then there’s hardly any time to get paperwork and meetings done before winter break. Hopefully I’ll win, and then I’ll have some materials to use for a Thanksgiving theme! 🙂
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VA Beach Linda says
Doing a vocabulary bingo (fromTpT) and reading Bear Says Thanks
I was planning to talk about “what do you eat for thanksgiving”, identifying types of thanksgiving foods, and making a food collage. This is working on identifying type of questions (what) to signal food responses.
In my 15 years as an SLP in a small school district I have not had a moderate-sever population until now so I am scrambling to find materials for this population.
I cannot say how thankfulI am for your materials! They’ve been a life changer!
Merritt Green says
I use News-2-You with my severe/profound class, but this activity would be great!! I used to do more seasonal themes, but I tend to use the weekly materials from News-2-You.
With my elementary school kids, we have talked about what we like/don’t like to eat. We have also talked about using our senses to experience thanksgiving. I’m not sure what to do with my MS kids- this would be great!
lindsay miller says
We are working on some Thanksgiving activities by making fall wreaths this week!
Andrea Lincoln says
I love your ideas explaining how to use this with an AAC user. I am new to using AAC with nonverbal students so I need to explore more ideas for my sessions. I will try some new ideas next week… maybe with some seasonal pictures to do picture to object match.
Nothing planned yet, but the class does host a Thanksgiving feast for their family members and a small group of staff members so we will probably incorporate preparations for the feast into our lessons.
April R says
We are reading some Thanksgiving picture books and working on sequencing, categorizing food, etc.
Nicole Allison says
Love this unit, Jenna (especially the real-life pictures!) We are working on naming food items and categories, as well as manners (please and thank you).
I work primarily with students in our K-5 MH unit and the teacher and I plan our lessons around themes. We have been learning about turkeys this week!
Brandy Madujibeya-Epps says
I am doing turkeys and vocabulary bingo
I use vocabulary cards about Thanksgiving, books, looking through store ads to plan “a thanksgiving meal”.
I enjoy doing literacy. One of my favorites is Clifford’s Thanksgiving.