using The Tree That's Meant to Be in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/tr/

Themes:

Christmas
friendship
acceptance
changing of seasons

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

The Tree That’s Meant to Be

By Yuval Zommer

A gorgeous Christmas picture book that's destined to become a festive classic. A little fir tree is too small and too imperfect to be chosen at Christmas time. But being left alone in the forest brings more rewards than the tree could ever have hoped for . . .

This heartfelt Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance. It is also great for predicting and for targeting /tr/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Tree That's Meant to Be in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting
verbs (regular past tense)
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

sequence of events that makes the little tree the one that’s meant to be

Vocabulary:

branched, poised, flawless, lagged, wonky, harsh, shuddered

Character Analysis:

The little fir and the animals around learn to embrace it’s differences.

Social/Emotional:

inclusion
self doubt
accepting differences
embracing imperfections
finding purpose/meaning

Figurative Language:

The little fir embodies someone who has differences and tries to find acceptance in the world.

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

What do you think will happen to the little fir when no one buys it?
Who do you think could speak the language of tree and understand the little fir?
What do you think the animals will do with the berries, feathers, nuts, and flowers?
What do you think the falling star will do?

If you are interested in seeing other Christmas books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.