Earth Day Speech Therapy Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Earth Day presents an opportunity to help students with new words, presented in new ways. These activities will help you make the most of this holiday with your speech therapy students.

Speech Therapy and Earth Day

Speech therapy, obviously, is something that happens every day of the year. However, holidays present a unique opportunity to practice new words and new sentences in new settings. In this case, we'll be focusing on speech therapy activities you can use on Earth Day. These activities are designed to expose students to new communication opportunities and are adaptable to various ages and communication levels.

Earth Day Speech Therapy Activities

Nature Walk

Take your group on a walk (try to go to the woods or a park or someplace similar) and talk to students about things you see. If you have a large class or group, it might be beneficial to get another adult to help, so that you can keep groups relatively small. While on the walk, stop every few minutes and ask students to just be silent and still, observing everything around them. Each time, and after several minutes of quiet, ask a different student to pick something they see. They will explain where it is and what it looks like, without saying what it is as the rest of the class tries to identify it.

  • Materials: Walking shoes

The Plant Whisperer

Take students outside for a little bit of gardening. Give each student a litter fertilizer or a small pitcher of water. Students will go around the garden, fertilizing, or watering plants. For every plant they visit, ask students to whisper a secret to the plant. Some students may feel more comfortable talking in this way since plants can't judge them, and many people feel calm around plants. This may be especially true with younger students.

  • Materials: Garden or natural space, small watering pails, plant fertilizer, other gardening supplies as desired

Environmentalism March

A march or protest can actually be a great activity for speech therapy because of the reliance on group chants. Talk to students about Earth Day and the goals of environmentalism, and help them make signs for the march. Work as a class to come up with some good environmentalist chants, or if students are comfortable, ask them to form small groups and come up with a group chant. Conduct the march and put the chants to use.

  • Materials: Poster paper, art and craft supplies, yardsticks or other posts for signs

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