Speech therapy classes are even more fun when everyone is involved in special activities! Try some of these ideas to warm up your next class:
- Speak impromptu. Give students various topics they can talk about without any preparation. Topics should be relatively easy at first, such as “What is your favorite movie and why?” or “If you could only eat one food for a month, what would it be?”
- Lost on a game of the desert island. Present the following scenario: as a result of a shipwreck, the entire class is stranded on a desert island. Each person is allowed to bring an object to the island. Ask each student to describe what this object would be and why. (You can extend this to a team building activity by dividing the teams and asking each team to creatively combine their items to improve their survival.)
- Competition Tongue Twisters Ask two people to get up at once and repeat in turn a tongue twister. “Unique New York” “Red leather, yellow leather.” Faster and faster. When someone is kidding, he sits down and a challenger presents himself. Someone can keep count with class alignment.
- Dramatic Alphabet or Figures . Students can “lecture” by reciting the alphabet or counting up to 30, but with gestures, drama and eye contact. A B C D! E F G H? I, JKL-M …, etc. You can accentuate eye contact by adding this activity: the speaker must establish and maintain eye contact for at least 3 seconds per person. All students raise their hands. When the speaker makes eye contact with a person, that person mentally counts down to 3, then lowers the hand, which allows him to know that the 3 seconds are up. The speaker can then move on to someone else. You could even make a contest.
- Dramatic reading. You can of course choose an intriguing passage or ask them to read the definitions out loud, just to make it silly by becoming dramatic.
- Exercise Transitions . Distribute 3 pieces of paper to each student and have them listed on the board. (Places, people around the school, food, TV shows). Have each student choose 3 categories and write a word that falls into this category. Then pick up the slips in a container. Each student goes up in front of the room, takes a leaflet and starts talking about what is on this sheet. Then, after a little while, you take another slip for the student and you say, “OK, Amanda, your next subject is …”. Then the work of the student is to move from one topic to the other. It’s good for the public to help. You can suggest another topic if the student is stuck. Using as examples “apples” and “New York City”, transitions can be expressions such as: Now that I’ve told you about the health benefits of apples, let me tell you about the health benefits to live in New York. Finally, let me tell you how New York became the Big Apple.
- On the other hand. Have 2 students come. Ask a student to speak “for” a subject and then talk about “against” the same subject.
- A word of history. Align 7 to 10 students in front of (actually, it’s best if they form a circle) and ask them to tell a non-repeating story and not thought, word by word, back to the beginning from the cycle until the story takes a slightly different turn. logical conclusion. The key is that each person can only say one word at a time, which includes boring words such as “and” and “the”. You can start the story by saying something like: “One”. (The logical thing to come would be “the day”, but that could certainly be something else.)
- Sell a product. Ask students to “sell” strange objects to their classmates. You can enter the FAB format and ask them to use it. F = Characteristics, A = Advantages, B = Advantages. The focus should be on the benefits. Toilet paper, do you like it?
Add some fun activities and skyrocket the level of interest in your class!