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Planning for Your Elementary Language Therapy Sessions: Done!

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Low on planning time? Need fun, research-based activities for your mixed language groups? This FREE book companion for The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater is perfect for 1:1 or group sessions with your mid- to upper-elementary students and can last for several therapy sessions.

This FREE resource targets higher-level language skills including critical thinking, perspective-taking, figurative language, Tier 2 vocabulary, morphology, complex sentence building, and much more. You can choose specific skills based on the needs of the students you’re working with, or target them all - it's up to you!

Detailed, differentiated instructions are provided for each activity type so you’ll know exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to scaffold for different literacy levels. Language goal areas are included for each activity so you’ll always know the specific goals you’re targeting. Supporting research is also included.


STEP 1 Grab your copy of The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

STEP 2 Choose the skills you want to target

STEP 3 Enjoy providing tried-and-tested, research-based therapy without the planning time!


  • A dynamic table of contents (with video instructions) that allows you to find what you need, when you need it

  • 7 Tier 2 vocabulary words with pictures with step-by-step video instructions

  • 1 Categorization activity

  • 4 Cause & Effect pages (plus 4 scrambled compound and/or complex sentences with answer key) with step-by-step video instructions

  • 5 Feel/Think/Say pages for perspective-taking with step-by-step video instructions

  • 6 Main Idea & Details pages (with answer key)

  • 3 Morphology pages

  • 1 Problem & Solutions page (with answer key)

  • 10 Sayings/Figurative Language pages

  • 1 Timeline activity with cutouts for sequencing and telling a narrative 

  • 3 Compare & Contrast activities

  • Thoughts & Feelings Cutouts

  • Feelings Thermometers for higher-level emotions vocabulary



Activity pages from the book companion for The Big Orange Splot

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