Fall Books for Speech Therapy: BATS!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Bat themed book ideas and activities and how to incorporating them in my speech therapy sessions
I love incorporating books in my themed speech therapy activities. 
Bats. Just the thought of them creep people out. I would be one of those people. 
Read on to get ideas on incorporating vocabulary and figurative language in your speech therapy sessions.
I find students are intrigued with bats and love learning about these neat creatures. Often lower elementary teachers do bat units and it is always good to tie into curriculum with our speech and language goals. Here is a fun little book I like to use in therapy. Yes, the bats are at the beach, but it is appropriate to use in the fall as well.
Bats at the Beach, by Brian Lies
This is a beautifully written book. The clever and imaginative words are woven perfectly. This is a treasure for teaching so many language concepts. I also like that it is a quick read for our short therapy sessions. Here are a few ideas:

Compare/Contrast: Where bats sleep (barn, cave, rafter) compared to where humans can sleep (homes, apartments). Contrast how they sleep (upside down, hanging by their feet, outside) vs. how we sleep (in a bed, under covers, in a house). Another idea is to discuss nocturnal animals compared to those awake in the daytime. Compare what people do at the beach and what the bats were doing at the beach (making friends and burying each other in the sand, flying a kite, playing volleyball, surfing, snacks, campfires). Alternatively, contrast what they ate (beetles, ants, slugs, "bug-mallows") with what we eat at the beach- have the students list some things! It is funny to hear the kids squeal about what the bats eat.

Vocabulary: rafter, shrieks, chatter, trowels, banjoes, sail, tide, slender, embers, determined, gulls, flutter, weary, doze, crevice. As I have discussed before, vocabulary is best taught in the following ways: naming synonyms and antonyms, providing an image, using them in context, and discussing the words tied to prior knowledge interjected as you read or on a re-reading.

Figurative language: Rhyming is on every page. Have students find the pattern (AABB). Personification: the moon growing fatter, baskets groan with yummy treats. Onomatopoeia: shrieks of laughter, deep bass thump, seashore crash and bump. Imagery: Sun slips down and all is still, launching out into the breeze, darkened trees, salty sea spray in our faces.

Writing prompt: “If I were a bat, I would go

When you finish reading the book, point out the picture of Brian Lies on the book jacket- kids really love this! If you haven’t noticed this, go look!

I hope you got some great ideas!

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