You made it! It’s officially the end of the school year and I’m excited to bring to you over 17 last day of speech therapy activities.
Last Day of the School Year
Whether I had students working on their language skills, social skills, new skills, or simply answering wh- questions I always ended the last day of school (or in our case last day of speech therapy) in a fun way.
As speech-language pathologists and special education teachers, we don’t get to spend as much time with our students as their general education teachers do so it’s important that we spend some time during the end of the year maintaining our rapport with our students.
Last Day of Speech Therapy Activities
In this blog post below I’ve outlined some of my favorite things to do during our last speech therapy sessions.
1. Older Students
If you’re in need of last-day activities for middle school or high school students then you’ve come to the right place.
The first thing I like to do with my older students at the beginning of the year is to have them answer the following question, “Why am I here?”
I think it is important for students in this age range to be able to tell me their IEP goals and what they are working towards. So, at the end of the school year, I like to review the same form that we started the school year with.
Typically after we review that form and have a nice discussion about their goals and the following year I end the last day with a party. (See the section titled end-of-year party at the end of this post for some ideas.)
2. Free Download
With a budget and so many big ideas, the best way to end the school year might just be a free download.
I know you don’t have much free time to do all the research yourself so that’s why I’ve gathered over 261 end of the school year ideas for the busy school-based SLP or busy private practice SLP.
With so many ideas on this list, you could spend the last week of therapy using different daily activities to wrap up the end of the school year.
3. Crossword Puzzles
Are you on the hunt for something simple and easy to do for your last day of therapy?
Simply print out a sheet of paper and have your students work on a crossword puzzle while you have a discussion about their summer plans allowing your students to work on answering comprehension questions.
- Summer Word Search Freebie by There’s No Crying In Teaching – Enjoy this fun summer themed word search.
- Summer Word Seach Freebie (End of Year Activities, Last Day of School) by My Study Buddy – Grab this fun and cute summer word search to discuss different summer vocabulary as you end the school year.
4. Visual Schedule
Using visual schedules can be a good idea to help inform your students about what to expect either in your therapy session, during their school day, or during the summer.
It can help reduce a child’s feeling of anxiety if they know what to expect next.
Free: Family Schedule & Chore List by Becky’s Brainy Boutique – Use these schedules to either make a therapy schedule for your last day of therapy or you can create a blank schedule to send home for parents to use over the summer.
Simply print and laminate or use a sheet protector along with your dry erase markers to create a blank schedule and then each day the family can create a new schedule with their child along with visual choices of fun rewards throughout the child’s schedule.
5. Younger Students
If you have young children or elementary students on your caseload then this list of last day of speech therapy activities might just be the great ideas you need.
- Beach Themed Basket by What Teachers Want – Have your students complete this fun beach themed basket craft to take home to hold their summer treasures.
- Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg | End of Year Activities by Joyful Learning Megan Joy – Spend the last day of therapy reflecting on the school year.
6. Language Goals
Do you have language therapy sessions that you’d love to work on their language goals with during that last day of school?
Then check out these last day language activities to help get you started.
- My Summer Bucket List | End of the Year Freebie! by Blooming with Bullard – Enjoy this fun craft of creating your student’s summer bucket list with suntan lotion, shovel, sunglasses, and of course a beach ball. It’s a perfect short answer activity and a great way to spend the last day working on your student’s language goals.
- End of the Year Thank You Cards by The Resourceful Teacher – Fill out these thank you cards as a fun way to end the school year with your students.
7. Speech Group
Speech group therapy can be engaging for many students, and we find these activities to be fun activities for students to do together!
- End of the Year Reflection Freebie by Rise over Run – Use this fun sheet to have your students reflect on what you learned over the school year. Fill in one thing per letter of the alphabet.
- End of the Year Classmate Scavenger Hunt Freebie | End of the Year Activity by Tanya G Marshall The Butterfly Teacher – This activity is perfect for a small group of students by having them go on a scavenger hunt identifying different traits about their classmates.
8. School Themes
An easy way to end the school year is to go back and review where you started.
My Virtual All About Me Worksheet is a great freebie for any speech group to review what changed about them from the beginning of the school year to now.
If you happened to fill this worksheet out at the beginning of the year you could even compare and contrast what is the same and what has changed!
Bonus! It also works for both your in person or virtual students as it is an interactive fillable worksheet.
Not sure about how to fill in the worksheet? I have a quick video tutorial showing you how! Simply watch the video and get started.
9. Interactive Book
You can really get a student talking and still work on their target goal when they create an interactive book about themselves and their family.
This can be a great activity for elementary aged students to work on answering wh questions. This can also be a great activity if you happen to get new students on your caseload at the end of the school year and you want to get to know them better.
The End of the Year Writing Prompt | Dear Future Self… by Sweet Tooth Teaching is a great interactive book for your students! Students can write to themselves in the future. Plus this would be a fun activity to review with returning students the following year.
10. Literacy-Based Intervention
Wishing you had something to work on your student’s literacy skills?
Then you will definitely want to check out these resources below.
- Free Sample Boom Cards Story Retell & Sequencing: Spring and Summer Theme by SLP on the Charles – Enjoy the story Rainy Day and practice sequencing the story.
- Summer Penny Pusher: Listening Comprehension Stories by K Ratliff – Have your students listen to 8 different stories and answer the following wh-questions (who, what, when, and where).
- Reading Comprehension Story: Summer Fun Freebie by Teaching Special Thinkers Gabrielle Dixon – Grab this sneak peek story and have your students practice their wh comprehension questions.
11. Classic Games
Do you want to end the school year with a classic board game or want to play the most fun game ever?
If you answered yes, then I’ve got you covered with 29+ of the best speech therapy board games.
Plus this list comes with how to use each of the board games to work on different therapy goals.
12. Target Speech Sounds
A perfect way to incorporate your student’s target sound would be to play a fun game, such as taking a set of articulation cards you already have or simply printing some out and hiding them around your speech therapy room.
Then have your students go on a scavenger hunt for their new words making their articulation therapy more fun!
This activity is a great way to get tons of opportunities to practice your child’s ability or produce their articulation sounds.
Or if you’re like me and don’t want to spend hours cutting out the words then simply find an object you have in your therapy room, such as legos or a simple manipulative and hide that object around the room instead and tell your student to find that object. Then once they find that object they can simply practice a word from their word lists.
This is a fun way to get my students moving around the therapy room and enjoying their last day of speech therapy.
I’ve even done it where they then get to go and hide the item for me to find. Then once I find the item they then practice a word from their articulation list.
My students always found this to be a fun and silly activity to see their speech therapist looking around the room for the items they got to hide.
13. Earth Day Activities
Do you want to work on an earth day activity for your last day of therapy?
If so, I have a completely free Nature Bundle that includes earth day vocabulary, answering questions, and so much more!
Plus it comes in an interactive pdf format if you want to simply work on the activities straight from your computer. It doesn’t get much better than that.
14. End of the Year Speech Therapy Activities
I’m glad you asked! I have a complete list of end of the year speech therapy activities listed here.
Specific skills include:
Articulation: P, B, F, V, T, D, K, G, R, L, S, Z, SH, CH, TH, J, M, N, & Blends, Phonology, Reinforcement, Following Directions, Social Skills, Language Skills, WH-Questions, Crafts, Sequencing, Vocabulary, Categories, Pronouns, Describing, Synonyms & Antonyms, Multiple Meaning Words, Verbs, and Boom Cards.
15. Easy Prep Activities
If you’re on the hunt for a couple of easy to prep activities for your students who love crafts here are a few resources worth checking out.
- New Year & End of Year Writing Prompt Dear Future Self… by Sweet Tooth Teaching – Have your students write a letter to themselves for the following school year to review.
- End of the Year Activities Cootie Catcher Great for Last Day of School by Tammys Toolbox – Who doesn’t love to create a fortune teller? Enjoy this cootie catcher to answer 8 different end of the year questions.
- My Last Day of Speech! English and Spanish Free Download by Panda Speech – Wrap up the end of the school year with this freebie to review your student’s favorite activity during the year and what they are looking forward to in the summer.
- Last Day of Speech Freebie! Activity for Speech Therapy! By Chloe Elizabeth SLP – Here is a simple activity to have your students answer some questions about speech, school, and summer plans.
16. End-of-Year Party
Do you want to end the school year with a bang?
Grab some paper plates and snacks to enjoy while you use these end-of-year party resource ideas!
- Free End of the Year Ice Cream Activity by Curriculum Castle – Who doesn’t love an end of the year ice cream party? Have your students plan their very own ice cream party with the brainstorming graphic organizer, create a shopping list, pick out favorite flavors and toppings tally chart, and end with a persuasive writing prompt!
- Last Day of School Crowns by Perfectly Purple Classroom – Use this freebie craft to celebrate the last day of school by making some fun crowns.
- First and Last Day of School Self Portrait by Julie Shope – Have your students draw a portrait of themselves on the first day of school and the last day of school and then they can compare the two.
- Cryptograms | End of the School Year by Lessons by Molly – Have your students solve the puzzles to reveal the secret messages.
17. Distance Learning
If you’re in need of an idea for the end of the year that you can use during distance learning then you’ll want to check out my 41 free online speech therapy activities that include websites like PBS Kids and so much more!
18. Boom Cards
Boom cards are so fun and engaging for our young students, especially when you need digital versions of different goals for therapy!
- Free Boom Cards Earth Day by First Grade Maestra Trisha Hyde – This bundle is perfect for working on spring vocabulary. Plus it reviews action words, such as walking and bike riding to reduce pollution. Another bonus is that it includes answer choices!
- Free Answering Wh- Questions Beach Summer Theme Boom Cards by Stacy Crouse – Enjoy these free boom cards to practice answering beach themed wh-questions.
- Freebie! Multisyllabic Words Summer Boom Cards – Words, Phrases, Sentences by Emily B Speech LLC – This activity is perfect for your students working on multisyllabic words.
- Freebie What Doesn’t Belong Boom Cards for Negation by Emily B Speech LLC – Grab this fun beach themed set of boom cards to work on what doesn’t belong in the photo.
Frequently Asked Questions – Last Day of Speech Therapy Activities
Here are the most frequently asked questions I receive when it comes to my favorite end of the year school resources.
What Products Do you Have in Your TPT Store for the End of the Year?
You won’t want to miss some of my new products that focus on the end of the school year, summer fun, and articulation carryover!
- End of the Year Bundle – This is a No Print No Prep Interactive PDF to work with any of your students on your caseload. Yes/No Questions, WH Questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why, & How, Pronouns, Synonyms, Antonyms, Categories, Regular Past Tense Verbs, Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Compare & Contrast, Describe/Attributes, Multiple Meaning Words, Idioms, Problem Solving, Articulation /r, l, s, z, sh, ch, & th/ initial, medial, & final words.
- End of the Year Language Bundle – This packet has something for every one of your language students! Yes/No Questions, Pronouns, Synonyms, Antonyms, Following Directions, Regular Past Tense Verbs, Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Categories, Compare & Contrast, Requesting, Prepositions, Superlatives, Copulas, Articulation /r/ & /l/, Vocabulary Go Fish Deck.
Articulation Bundle: /r/, /l/, /s/, /z/, /sh/, /ch/, /th/, *initial, medial, & final, along with a progress chart for each sound
Language Bundle: Synonyms, Antonyms, Who, what, when, where, why, & how questions, Prepositions, Compare & contrast, Multiple meaning words, Is/are copulas, Regular past tense verbs, Irregular past tense verbs, Attributes, Fact/opinion, Categories
Social Pragmatics Bundle: Idioms, Problem Solving, Conversation Skills
- Summer Language Bundle – This packet has something for every one of your language students! Yes/No Questions, Pronouns, Synonyms, Antonyms, Following Directions, Regular Past Tense Verbs, Irregular Past Tense Verbs, Categories, Compare & Contrast, Requesting, Prepositions, Superlatives, Copulas, Articulation /r/ & /l/, Vocabulary Go Fish Deck.
What First Day of Speech Therapy Activities Do You Have?
I’m glad you asked! I have a complete list of 25 free speech therapy first day activities listed here.
What Resources Do You Have for the Rest of the Year?
Are you in need of resources all year long? Then you’ll want to check out my seasonal resource page which has ideas all year long!
Also, be sure to check out my Year Long Speech Therapy Bundle for an in-depth product that you can use all year long.
In Conclusion: Last Day of Speech Therapy Activities
After reviewing these 17+ ideas for your last day of speech therapy activities I hope you’ve found at least one idea that has got you excited for your last day of therapy with your students.
Do you have some favorite last day of speech therapy activities? If so, let me know in a comment below and I can add them to our list!
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