The Night Before Valentine’s Day – Speech and Language Activities (Valentine’s)

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This packet was created as a companion to the book: The Night Before Valentine’s Day, by: Natasha Wing. Included in this packet are activities that target sequencing, story retell, comprehension, basic language concepts, following directions, vocabulary, written expression, and more. The activities in this packet were created by Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP (The Speech Bucket).

Page 1 – Cover Page

Pages 2 – 7 target story sequencing, story retell, and identifying story elements. The larger pictures (pages 2 - 3) can be used for a classroom story board, or for individual students. The smaller pictures (pages 4 - 5) are included on a worksheet. The students can cut them out, sequence the story at the top, re-tell it, and take it home. Parents love to hear and see the story that you read with their kids during school! Page 6 can be used for identification and discussion of story elements, then page 7 (story frames) can be used for summary and re-tell (beginning, middle, end).

Pages 8 – 9 target story comprehension (and identifying the types of questions being asked - what, where, who, how). The first set (page 8) asks a variety of questions without picture supports for responses. So students must think of the responses on their own (or look back in the book). The second set (page 9) was made with picture supports. Each question has a choice of three responses (1 correct; 2 foil).

Pages 10 – 15 target picture identification and matching. Name (or receptively find) the characters on the first page (page 10) then cut out the pictures on the second page (page 11) and glue to the match on the previous page. Pages 12 and 13 include the same pictures to match, however it was created with early readers in mind – match by picture and written name. On page 14, the characters are listed by their printed name only. Students find the matching picture (page 15), cut out, and glue it to the correct name on the first page (page 14).

Pages 16 – 18 target rhyming. On the first page (page 16), your student is asked to find the picture that rhymes with ___. On the next two pages (pages 17-18) your student is asked to find rhyming words in the story to fill in the cards. Use these as flash cards, take-home worksheet, or dry-erase activities in the classroom.

Pages 19 – 20 are game boards. The first one targets following directions (If you land on__, do ___)). The second one is blank…use it for your own language and/or articulation targets!

Page 21 – Create your own Valentine. Turn this into an auditory directions task, matching task, or barrier tasks.

Pages 22 – 25 are Roll and Color or Roll and Cover Sheets. Use these activities for either language goals or articulation goals. Have your students roll the dice, and say their sound/word/sentence as they color each picture. With a small group – see who can cover all of their pictures first!

Pages 26 – 28 target story vocabulary. Page 26 asks the student to match the word to its definition, page 27 asks the student to create a complete sentence for each vocabulary word listed, and page 28 asks the student to use the vocabulary words in a short story.

Pages 29 – 30 target oral and written language expression. On page 34 the student is given the following writing prompt: If I was on the hunt for a horse I would…; and on page 35 they are given the following writing prompt: If I had a horse I would name it…

Page 31 – Credits

Page 32 - TOU

This is a great story to pull out for the Valentine's Season! For more seasonal therapy ideas visit my blog at The Speech Bucket


** Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the publishers, authors, or book referenced above. A copy of the book, referenced above, must be purchased (or borrowed) to complete the activities in this packet**
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