SLP Freebie Roundup: New Year’s Theme Activities

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In this freebie roundup, I’ve compiled a list of New Year’s activities for speech therapy. I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to leave 2020 behind and welcome 2021! 

A special thank you to Ashley Lafleur, Lovecheck Speech, Hillary Kiser, Bri – SLP, and ActivityTailor for creating and giving away these awesome activities! Give them some love by following their stores. 

Happy New year!

– Maria

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th

New Year's Reading Comprehension

Celebrating New Year's Reading Comprehension by Ashley Lafleur

This freebie consists of 12 comprehension quickies. Each card has a 1-2 sentence passage and a question. There is an answer key included. I used it in a group and used the answer sheet as a game by using the chipper chat magnetic chips. Whoever got three in a row first “won” the game. A student could only place a chip on their board (aka answer sheet) if they got the answer correct. If you’re going to be using it as a game, you have to read the passages out of order. I used dice to determine the passage that needed to be read next. It was a hit! You can also use this via teletherapy by using annotation tools and virtual dice. Here are the YouTube dice I use. I just hit play to “roll” and “pause” to stop.

Two dice

One die

Grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd

New Year's Worksheet for Every Year

New Year's Resolution by Lovecheck Speech

This one-page worksheet is a quick way to work on vocabulary (e.g. resolution & goal). It’s also great for working on sequencing. I had my older students complete the three sentences and then we sequenced steps to achieve each goal. This allowed us to practice words like first, second, and after. I also used it to work on formulating complex sentences using conjunctions. The kids enjoyed drawing “best moment of last year.” I paired the worksheet with a couple of YouTube videos.

Video for younger kids. 

Video for older kids. 

Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th

New Year's Comprehension and Vocabulary

New Year's Reading Comprehension by Hillary Kiser - Hillary's Teaching Adventures

This freebie gem has 4 passages to choose from. It is great for working on vocabulary and using context clues to define a given word. Students can also work on synonyms and antonyms for the given vocabulary words. You can also use it to work on answering questions in a complete sentence. And of course, you can use it to target reading comprehension. I found that it was best to use with my 4th and 5th grades.

Grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd

New Year's Articulation /y/ Medial Position

Fill the New Year Sky by Bri - SLP

Grab this freebie to work on /y/ in words or sentences. The words are multisyllabic so you could also use them to target 2-3 syllable words. It’s a quick activity but can be made longer by asking older students to formulate sentences about the words. You can use a carrier phrase like “The firework was on top of …” and have the student fill the rest by saying the phrase “the ______.” I plan on also using it with students who are working on categories and attributes. After uncovering the target picture, I’ll have them name the category and/or list attributes.

Grades 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Holiday Scenarios Social Language

You the holidays by ActivityTailor

This is an awesome freebie for working on social language. There are 12 scenarios and students must come up with something to say after reading each scenario. I used this recently and had my student come up with at least one comment and one question for each scenario presented. It was a teletherapy session so I used annotation tools to write his responses next to each task card. 

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