speech and language teaching concepts for 10 Turkeys in the Road in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/t/ initial
/k/ medial
/f/ initial
/l/ blend



Book Details:

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

10 Turkeys in the Road

By Brenda Reeves Sturgis

Ten turkeys in the road are circus performers practicing their show. As a farmer in his pickup truck tries to pass them, he grows more and more frustrated. The turkeys fly away one at a time, but in the end, the clever turkeys get exactly what they were after all along. Bold, hilarious acrylic paintings bring to life all the spectacle and excitement of the circus.

This Thanksgiving-themed book can be used to target sequencing. It also has a /fl/ blend, an initial /t/, and a medial /k/ included within the repetitive text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using 10 Turkeys in the Road in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence


order of turkey encounters


hazy, screeched, delay, declared, bouquet

Character Analysis:

Farmer grows more and more frustrated as the turkeys block the road.


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (compound phrases)
plural (regular)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in using 10 Turkeys in the Road in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.