I know- this post seems a little odd, but as I was perusing Pinterest, I saw a pin for a book I used to use years ago when I was a counselor called Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting. The lesson centered around being grateful for what you have, but as I started reflecting on the lesson I did as a counselor, I began to realize how wonderful this book is for speech therapy, or any classroom for that matter, especially in November around Thanksgiving. Thus- Thanksgiving in July!
When I was counseling, I would begin the lesson by showing different types of homes on the SmartBoard before I read the book.
I asked the students after I showed each picture one at a time how many would be grateful to have a home like in the picture- starting with the really fancy one with a pool. As we go along, it gets a little harder to say what you could appreciate with the homes, but if you really think about it, there is always something. (These are just quick examples- I also include a mobile home and apartment complex, too- easy to find with a quick Google search of home images). For speech therapists, this would be a great way to talk about attributes (maybe even use the EET string with it). Just label the pictures right on the SmartBoard if you have one in your therapy room- or on the iPad using an app that allows you to write on pictures.
I love all of the typical turkey disguising themselves so they don't get eaten books, and books about things one is grateful for like friends, family, etc. However, this book just really opens students eyes to what is truly important and what real gratitude is making it a perfect fit for Thanksgiving. Check your school library for this gem of a book!