Using YouTube Videos to Spice Up Language Therapy

by Angela Hannigan
(Corvallis, Oregon, USA)



My activity targets: Wh-questions, multiple meaning words, antonyms, synonyms, categorization, figurative language, vocabulary, retell/sequencing, and identification of key versus irrelevant information.

Goal Example: Student will identify more than one meaning for homographs/multiple-meaning words (e.g. fly, story, call).

The popular Discovery Channel YouTube videos entitled "How It's Made" make wonderful language activities and average only 4-5 minutes each.

The best part is that there are so many to choose from that you and your students will never get bored.



  • Begin by reviewing your language goals (see attached lesson plan and photo).


  • The first portion of your session may be spent reviewing all the multiple meaning words that they are about to hear, or by providing antonyms/synonyms.


  • You can also pre-teach WH-questions (e.g. Tell students to listen for "why they dust doughnuts with corn starch")


  • Review new vocabulary before playing the video.


  • Talk about categorization terms that will appear in the video.


  • Review new phrases, figurative language, or idioms that they will hear (e.g. "that’s how the doughnut was born")


  • After watching the 5 minute video students can practice retell and sequencing or discussion points (e.g. "Use adjectives to describe your favorite doughnut").


  • For older students teach independent learning skills by practicing identification of "key" information versus "irrelevant" information.

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May 06, 2016
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love the idea and the linguistics concepts it targtes
by: marie

Are you able to provide/share more of these lessons? Years back, I see someone asked this question before. I just discovered this site, hence my question.

Thank you

Aug 13, 2015
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more?
by: Anonymous

Do you have any more of these YouTube video lessons already created? Excellent!!!

Apr 21, 2015
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Thanks for catching the "Double Antonym" on the worksheet.
by: Luke from HomeSpeechHome

It has been fixed as of right now.

Apr 20, 2015
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by: Anonymous

I love the YouTube lesson plan. Keep them coming! Thanks!

Apr 15, 2015
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Very helpful
by: Anonymous

Did note - the second box on right side, should read "Synonyms" instead of "Antonyms".

I really like the lesson plan and the idea to use media that the children are so familiar with. A perfect blend!

Apr 15, 2015
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Great idea!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for this idea and lesson plan! I used it with my middle schoolers and they really enjoyed it!

Apr 15, 2015
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Youtube videos
by: SLP

This is great! Thanks for the example, would love to have more!!

Apr 15, 2015
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This is perfect!!
by: Anonymous

I LOVE this!!! Perfect for my bored middle schoolers, especially for recall and vocabulary. Thanks for the links!!

Apr 15, 2015
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Awesome lesson
by: Anonymous

Thank you for such an awesome lesson plan to use with the videos. I really love all of the great ideas and examples on Home Speech Home!

Apr 14, 2015
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by: Anonymous

I love to use YouTube for therapy but couldn't always apply to the goal to the videos I was picking. This is an excellent example! Thank you!!!

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