Spring Vocabulary

Materials For Speech Therapy

This spring, I intend to keep teaching tier 2 vocabulary in progressive steps with these no-print spring vocabulary materials. 

Children and myself enjoy thematic units for language intervention. Not only is it exciting for kids, but children learn vocabulary that they will hear and use more often!

To learn how to teach tier 2 vocabulary "progressively" and to grab some FREE materials, keep reading!

Vocabulary Review

Some of you might be wondering...."what is tier 2 vocabulary?" You are not alone!

I'll do a quick review so we are all on the same page. 

  • Tier 1 vocabulary: Tier 1 vocabulary is general, basic vocabulary. Most kids don't require direct, explicit instruction for this tier. Children typically learn them just by going through life!
  • Tier 2 Vocabulary: Tier 2 vocabulary is the "sweet spot" I feel. This tier of vocabulary consists of high-frequency words that can be used across subjects, settings, and/or domains. 
  • Tier 3 Vocabulary: Tier 3 consists of content/domain specific words. This means, the words in this tier are specific to a subject, situation, job, and/or hobby.

Vocabulary Instruction Techniques

I have written a previous page with an in-depth review of vocabulary instruction. If you haven't read it, please click here, but then make sure to come back to grab your FREE materials!

My main points of vocabulary instruction:

  • Multiple exposures across different contexts is key for generalization.
  • Explicitly teach the meaning (not just incidental teaching through stories or "teachable moments") is necessary.
  • Relating words together creates word depth.

Spring Vocabulary Materials (no-print!)

Okay, now the part you have been waiting for....

As part of the Speech Therapy Memberbership Program, I created 4 different TELETHERAPY-FRIENDLY card decks.

  1. I start with divergent naming tasks. 
  2. Then, I move on to "which one doesn't belong (categories)." Besides just clicking, I discuss WHY it doesn't belong.
  3. Then, we will move on to choosing photos to match a vocabulary word.
  4. Last, we target the definition.

Theory Behind Materials

Definition With A Visual

I made sure that each card (besides naming tasks) had a picture. Defining a word, relating a word, etc... with a visual is key for our clients. 

Short Bursts

I made these cards to be quick and short so they can be used during games, for a review, etc....

For some children, these short bursts are all that they can handle!


After teaching or reviewing tier 2 vocabulary, My FAVORITE thing to do is to read a book and challenge my clients to find the word/concept while reading!

This is a favorite and checks the box for multiples exposures.

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