Monthly Monsters are a great and engaging way to develop and practice vocabulary in speech therapy and then as a take-home activity. At the beginning of each month, print off a Monthly Monster of the student’s choice and then print off the pictures that you want the student to work on. With diverse groups, each student in the group can work on their own target vocabulary while still doing the same activity. Included are clothing items, school items, food and animals. Sixty or more black and white pictures for each vocabulary category are contained in this download. I have the students cut out the pictures and as they cut and paste, practice naming whatever word they are gluing on to each number. When appropriate I also ask students to answer one or more of the following questions:
Where do you see/wear it?
When do you eat/wear/use it?
What does it do or What do you do with it?
What category is it in? (i.e. food/ vegetable/ fruit/dessert/ farm animal, wild animal/ winter clothing etc.)
Describe the object.
Once all the spaces are filled with pictures the student cuts out the Monthly Monster and glues it where it says "glue" and folds it up (accordion like) to make our fun and giant Monthly Monsters.
I then like to send this home with the kids. Parents can practice all the words each day with the student. This would then be home practice for an entire month.
FOOD: hamburger, hotdog, steak, chicken, turkey, fish, bacon, sausage, ham, pie, cake, cookie, ice cream, cupcake, eggs, cereal, waffle, bagel, muffin, English muffin, pancakes, yogurt, pretzel, potato chips, popcorn, milk, orange juice, soda, butter, bread, sandwich, soup, cheese, coffee, chocolate bar, chili, spaghetti, pizza, rice, taco, croissant, donut, apple, orange, peach, banana, strawberry, watermelon, pear, cantaloupe, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, avocado, cherries, lemon, lime, grapefruit, honeydew melon, plum, pumpkin, yam, potato, eggplant, celery, raspberry, lettuce, scallion, onions, zucchini, peppers, spinach, tomato, corn, asparagus, green beans, radishes, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, salad, toast, French fries, shake, pudding, crackers, peanuts, lemonade, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, Jell-O, enchilada
CLOTHING:socks, cap, polo shirt, hat, sweatshirt, vest, overalls, mitten, bow tie, gloves, flip flops, boot, winter hat, sneakers, t-shirt, robe, shoe, ballet shoes, belt, bib, apron, bathing suit, cowboy boot, boot, rain boots, shorts, sweater/cardigan, crocs, diaper, dress, earmuffs, sombrero, coat, jacket, jeans, jersey, lab coat, moccasins, tie, pants, poncho, sandal, scarf, shirt, skirt, slippers, cleats, suit, tank top, uniform, wedding dress, raincoat, pajamas, visor, underwear, shoes, sweatpants, snowsuit, nightgown, stockings
ANIMALS: cat, gorilla, alligator, rhinoceros, skunk, donkey, sheep, camel, reindeer, duck, crab, dog, rabbit, fox, seal, snake, owl, swan, walrus, goose, flamingo, monkey, llama, polar bear, whale, frog, seahorse, hippopotamus, panda bear, lobster, moose, fish, horse, elephant, giraffe, chipmunk, raccoon, cow, chicken, ostrich, goat, lizard, pelican, shark, squirrel, kangaroo, zebra, pig, lion, tiger, parrot, bat, cheetah, bear, beaver, octopus, mouse, eagle, dolphin, buffalo, penguin, turtle, turkey, peacock, elk, blue jay, koala bear, shrimp, woodpecker, swordfish, toucan, stork, vulture, snail, yak
SCHOOL ITEMS:chalkboard/blackboard, pocket folder, three-ring binder, book, marble notebook, electric pencil sharpener, paint brush, cork bulletin board, post-its, rubber bands, cubbies, calculator, bulletin board, pencil sharpener, alphabet, paper, cafeteria, calendar, backpack, protractor, bookcase, lunch tray, chalk, classroom, clipboard, glue, colored pencils, easel, computer, copy machine, desk, dictionary, eraser, crayons, file cabinet, globe, folder, flag, counting frame, compass, clip, card catalog, glue stick, headphones, highlighter, hole puncher, Smart board, keyboard, lunchbox, library, lockers, marker, lunch bag, spiral notebook, pad, chair, paperclips, pen, pencil, sharpener, pushpin, printer, stamp, ruler, triangle ruler, school bus, scissors, tape, seesaw, typewriter, stapler, chair, student desk, swing, teacher, slide, trash can, whiteboard, custodian