Practice materials that engage your students are a critical element of successful treatment in any speech-language pathology classroom. This fun (and free!) final consonant deletion activity has 20 pages of minimal error pairs and pictures that are sure to do the trick!
How it works
Each page of this activity shows two words: one ending in a vowel sound (i.e., an open word) and the same word with a consonant on the end (i.e., a closed word). The objective of the exercise is to help your student understand that using a closed sound on the end of a word changes what the word means.
For example, if you ask a student, “What do we call that large ball that shines in the night sky, the student may say, “moo” for “moon.” Explain to the student that you heard him/her say, “moo” which is the sound a cow makes. Ask if the student meant “moon.” At this point, you could model that when you say “moo,” you are talking about an animal sound, but when you say, “moon,” you are talking about the round thing in the night sky. As you say, “moo,” hold your palms together out in front of you (praying gesture), and then open them as you say, “moo.” Explain that “moo” is an open word because it doesn’t have a sound on the end to close the word. When you model, “moon,” open for the “moo” part and clap your hands together for the “n” to shut or close the word. Model open versus closed word pairs and have the student copy your words and movements. Have the student point to one of the two pictures on the page, after you say it, to see if s/he can hear the difference. You can begin with the visual cue of your palms open versus closed as you say each word, and then fade the visual cue as appropriate over time.
Great for both in-person speech therapy AND online speech therapy
If you work with students in person, print out and cut the slide/page in half to have 1 word per half-page. If you provide online speech services, draw a black rectangle to cover one side of the slide. Practice each error pair until you get through 5 to 10 pairs. Work on those same pairs for 2 to 3 sessions until s/he is able to identify the correct word with 80% or higher accuracy. Next, have your student choose a word to say (e.g., being the Speech Therapist) and you point to the picture matching what they’ve said. Have your student use the cue open versus closed as saying each word. Provide feedback, with the goal of working toward 80% accuracy or higher.
Bonus Speech Activity
Have your student sort the words by “open” vs “closed,” and if you work onsite – play “matching” by cutting each page into separate halves and have the student match each set of words.
Have more ideas? In addition to this free final consonant deletion activity, here are 45 word pairs to use in your next school-based speech-language pathology lesson.
Final Consonant Deletion Word Pairs
|BEE – BEEP||FEE – FEED||RAY – RAIN|
|BAR – BARK||DIE – DIME||RYE – RIDE|
|PIE – PIPE||DOUGH – DOME||ROW – ROAD|
|DAY – DATE||PEA – PEEP||COW – COUCH|
|PIE – PINE||MAY – MAKE||FOUR – FORT|
|SEE – SEED||ME – MEET||LIE – LIGHT|
|BYE – BITE||MY – MINE||DRY – DRIVE|
|BOW – BOAT||MOO – MOON||WE – WEEK|
|BOO – BOOT||KNEE- NEED||BOY – BOIL|
|TEA – TEAM||NO – NOSE||SHE – SHEEP|
|TIE – TIME||NEW – NOON||SHOE – CHUTE|
|TOE – TOAD||LAY – LATE||TREE – TREAT|
|TWO – TOOT||LEE – LEAD||WE – WEEP|
|KEY – KEEP||LYE – LIME||PLAY – PLANE|
|TOW – TOAST||LOW – LOAD||LOU – LOOM|
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