Hey friends! How’s your May treating you? It’s a tough time of year for those of us in the education world, but I know it will soon be over and we can all enjoy sweet summer!
Since May is C R A Z Y, I am trying my best to make therapy planning easier for all of us. This book is the perfect answer to that! Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a fun read, full of great descriptive vocabulary, and a subject that most kids love… dragons and tacos! I’ve got some ideas on how to incorporate this book into ALL of your therapy sessions and make it last for a couple of weeks! These activities are designed to used in mixed groups, so you can pick and choose what works for your students and ride it out for several sessions.
Up first is a no prep book companion that targets skills like comprehension, vocabulary, retell, prepositions, and phonological processes. It includes different levels for the included skills and makes meeting the needs of your students a breeze!
I love using felt anything in therapy, so when I found these felt tacos I had to have them! You can use them with many other activities, but they really do go perfectly with the story. I like using them after reading the story to work on basic vocabulary, requesting, answering yes/no questions, colors, and play skills. I like to set up a ‘taco bar’ and have the kids order…you can work on speech and language with dramatic play! You can also easily make them yourself with felt from a craft store or even with paper…. keep reading!
Some people think that literacy is hard to do in articulation therapy, but I disagree. Research shows that many of our students with articulation and phonological disorders are also going to have difficulty with reading, so it’s really important that we work to bridge that gap. I created these dragon spinners to use to reinforce articulation after reading the story. If you have a mixed group, you can combine with the book companion pages above or pick any sound and target language skills like making sentences and describing functions or attributes.
What is a book unit without a craft? Yall already know how much I love incorporating crafts into my therapy because it is so engaging and functional. This one is SUPER easy, just cut some yellow circles and brown/red/green small rectangles. I glued them to the edge so that they stick out a little, then fold the circle in half…
And voila! It’s a taco! You can add words to the strips of paper… have your artic kids find their sound in the story and write them down, look for synonyms or antonyms, descriptive words, specific grammar structures…anything!
I hope that gives you some fresh ideas for using Dragons Love Tacos with ALL of your speech and language therapy! If you don’t have it in your classroom, check your school’s media center or your coworkers. You can also find it on Amazon.