speech and language teaching concepts for A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/m/ initial and medial
/g/ medial and final
/d/ initial
/l/ medial and final

Themes:

summer
camping
unfortunate events

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: No
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee

By Chris Van Dusen

Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when along comes a lumbering, marshmallow-loving bear and the excitement begins. The next thing the two campers know, they are plunging down a mountain, racing down a river, and teetering on the edge of a waterfall! How will Mr. Magee and Dee find their way out of this slippery situation?

This summer and camping book is full of charming, vibrant illustrations as well as playful, rhyming text. It is also great for targeting prepositional phrases,  regular past-tense verbs, and for noticing character facial expressions. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis      ​
illustration study
inferencing​
figurative language
social/emotional
predicting​​
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
prepositional phrases
text features
phonological awareness​

Vocabulary:

hitched, dozy, snitch, hitch, knolls, steep, quiver, capture, rank, dismay, jolt, coals, etc.

Character Analysis:

Mr. Magee tries to keep his cool when things don’t go as planned.

Social/Emotional:

Mr. Magee and Dee have to accept unfortunate events and finally end their trip at home, peacefully together.

Figurative Language:

sensory language
idioms (hair stood on end)
similes (sleep like a log)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

all caps
ellipses

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

How do they feel as they are driving up the mountain?
How does the bear feel?
What are they thinking when they wake up in the water?
How are they feeling when they are on the edge of the waterfall?
What does the bear think when he sees another marshmallow?
What is he thinking when he realizes it’s not a marshmallow?
How do they feel as they see the bear pulling the camper off of the rock? Did that feeling last?
How did they feel when they made it back to their spot and then home?

Predicting:

What do you think they will do on their camping trip?
What do you think the bear will do?
What do you think will happen when the bear unsnaps the hitch?
Where do you think the camper will go?
What do you think the bear will try to do now?
What do you think they will do when they get home?

If you are interested in using A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.

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