Sunday, August 21, 2016

Using Non-fiction Texts in Speech and Language Therapy (A linky party for the Best Year Ever Bonus Sale)

Have you heard?!?! There is a one day TPT bonus sale on Monday, August 22!!! When you use the code ONEDAY, you will receive 28% off on all products in my store!
I’ve been meaning to blog and tell you guys about how amazing using nonfiction texts in speech and language therapy is, but I’ve been so wrapped up in back to school mode that I haven’t had a chance. I figured this would be the perfect time!!!!! I’m joining The Frenzied SLPs to bring you some products and tips from a few of your favorite SLPs. 

As some of you know, I mostly see middle school and high school students in the school system (I have a few younger kids and see younger kids in a private practice). It can be very difficult to engage these older students and keep them interested in activities and tasks you are working on in therapy! Last year I wrote a few nonfiction passages and brought them in for therapy...all of a sudden my 8th grade boys, who complained all the time about having speech and language services, wouldn’t leave my room. They (along with some of my high school boys) started begging me to bring more nonfiction passages. We would read the passages, learn important vocabulary, answer comprehension questions, talk about main ideas, and research related events and people. Their favorite nonfiction passages were about U.S. presidents. Another topic my kids are interested in are animals. This summer I worked hard to create a huge product (over 150 pages) for endangered animals. I added even more to this product than I had the others. Once it was close to ready, I took it with me to see some private was again a HUGE hit! Let me show you all the ways you can use it too!!! Here is a little secret....the product is listed as 2nd-6th grade, but I use it all the way through high school since most of my students have language and reading disabilities! 
This product includes 12 endangered animals and allows you to address reading comprehension, listening comprehension, vocabulary, context clues, research, informational text writing, main idea and details, summarizing, comparing and contrasting information, articulation and more
At the beginning of the packet there is a venn diagram that can be used with any animal combination. 
For each animal you receive a K-W-L Chart. We use this chart to determine what the students already know about the animal, what they want to know (so we can do further research), and to sum up the information they learned. 
For each animal you receive a Did You Know? Fun Fact sheet. We read over this sheet and the students determine what information they will share with their family when they get home. 
For each animal you receive a Level 1 Passage. This passage is shorter than the level 2 passage and uses less complex language. There are also comprehension questions related to this passage. Having two levels of passages is perfect if you see students across a range of grades and/or ability levels. 
For each animal you receive a Level 2 Passage. This passage is longer and more complex than the Level 1 passage. There is an additional page with comprehension questions related to the passage. 

For each animal, You receive 2 levels of vocabulary practice. Level 1 includes definitions and a word bank for your students to write the correct word in the blank with supports. Level 2 includes words listed in context sentences. Your students underline or highlight the context clues and then write their best definition of the word. 
Don't worry...I include an answer sheet for you too!

For each animal there are graphic organizers to help determine the main idea and details, to organize thoughts for writing or comparing and contrasting information, and to summarize information.
For each animal there is also a flip book for the students to create and take home. They will fill in each page as they work through the passages or do additional research. 

BONUS TIP: I also use these passages to work on articulation. We will go through the passages/information and highlight or underline words that contain the target sound. I will have my articulation students help me out by reading portions of the information aloud. This makes having mixed groups a little easier on all of us and no one is jealous that "he gets to do that instead".

See what I’s fun, it’s engaging, and there is enough material to cover weeks of therapy sessions! The animal photographs are in color, however, if you are only able to print in black/white they are still clear and easy to see. 

I hope you will think about using more nonfiction texts in your therapy sessions and I would love to help you with that! 

I’ll see you in the store soon!! (Don’t forget 28% off with CODE: ONEDAY on Monday August 22)

Now head back over to the linky party and see what other great products and tips are waiting for you!


  1. What a tremendous amount of work went into making this so thorough! I love your tip for bringing in articulation, too!

  2. This looks like a tremendous resource! So much meat to it. I worked for a little while with Middle School kids in language-based classrooms, so I now how difficult it can be to keep those kids engaged in activities. Playing to their interests is a must. I used to use a book of scary short stories. They were always a big hit, too.

  3. This product looks awesome! So comprehensive and appealing!

  4. This looks INCREDIBLE! I could definitely use this with my upper elementary kids who are working on describing/defining and retelling!

  5. You have just the resources and ideas to engage those middle school students! Love these non-fiction texts!

  6. Pretty fun way to indulge students! This not only inculcates in them the reading habits but also enables them to develop vocabulary and writing skills. Whoever thought of integrating endangered species with it, you sir have my respect.