speech and language teaching concepts for Extra Yarn in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/ar/
/sw/

Themes:

kindness
bullying
caring for someone

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Extra Yarn

By Mac Barnett

A young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community in this stunning picture book. With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.

This magical book about kindness can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like bullying and generosity. It is also great for targeting inferencing and predicting. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Extra Yarn in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
repetitive text
verbs (action)

Sequencing:

order of what she does with the yarn

Vocabulary:

extra, impossible, miraculous, demanded

Character Analysis:

Anabelle shows kindness to her town by knitting for them with her extra yarn.
The greedy archduke is evil and attempts to steal her “magic” yarn.

Social/Emotional:

kindness
bullying
greediness

Grammar:

verbs (action)

Text Features:

repetitive phrase

Inferencing:

What do Annabelle’s actions say about her?
How does Annabelle’s kindness change the town?
What can you infer about the town based on the color hues?

Predicting:

What will Annabelle do with the extra yarn?