So this day turned out to be one of my favorite therapy days in several years, and it was completely unexpected. I had perfectly good lessons printed, cut, laminated, lined up, and ready to go. But as it turns out, some classes at my school are doing an ABC countdown and this was “J”oke day. What can i say, I was inspired by laughter. I channeled my inner Ellen…and it was worth it!
It started with my first group when I realized it was Joke day. I pulled out my pirate joke book that we made back in September when we celebrated “Speak like a pirate day”. The students in this first group have a combo of language and phonological process goals. So we spent the first part of the group rehearsing the mechanics of the joke. How to introduce (Excuse me, today is joke day, would you like to hear a joke?)…proper delivery of a joke (actually saying the joke first before the punchline!)…and turn-taking. Then we discussed the jokes themselves…what was it that made them funny? This involved explanation of multiple meaning words. And then of course, we painstakingly rehearsed the specific articulation skills to make the joke intelligible. These two kiddos worked on /f, sh, p, v, h/, final consonants, and multi-syllable words just to deliver their one liners!
We carried around unifix cubes as visual cues for their introduction: