speech and language teaching concepts for 10 Fat Turkeys in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial
/g/ initial
/l/ final
/er/ medial
/th/ initial



Book Details:

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

10 Fat Turkeys

By Tony Johnston

This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards. “Looky!” says a silly turkey swinging from a vine. Gobble gobble wibble wobble.Whoops! Now there are nine. Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more.

This Thanksgiving-themed book can be used to target sequencing and rhyming. It also has an initial /g/, an initial /w/, a medial /er/, and an initial /th/ included within the repetitive text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using 10 Fat Turkeys in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study


order of silly turkeys


foofy, bricks, goony, plumpest, squawks


verbs (linguistic)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think will happen now that the turkeys are in a tree?

If you liked this, check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for other Thanksgiving books to use in therapy.