speech and language teaching concepts for A Sick Day for Amos McGee in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ final
/z/ initial



Book Details:

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

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

By Philip C. Stead

The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.

This sweet kindness and zoo book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship and helping others. It is also great for predicting, inferencing and for targeting character analysis as well as for describing with adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using A Sick Day for Amos McGee in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​


order of animals Amos sees and plays with at the zoo and at home


early riser, clang, uniform, amble, reply, elephant, tortoise, shy, penguin, rhino, owl, limbered, perch, concern

Character Analysis:

Amos visits his friends at the zoo everyday and interacts with them by choosing activities that focus on their strengths and comfort. When Amos is sick, the friends repay the favor by visiting Amos and doing things at his pace that make him feel better.


Amos and the animals show that they are there for one another.




How do you think he feels getting ready for work?
Why do you think he did each of those things with those specific animals?
What do you think the animals are thinking when Amos doesn’t visit them?
What do you think the bus driver thinks about the animals being on the bus?
How does Amos feel when he sees the animals at his house?
Why do you think it is important to care for our friends?


What do you think he does for work?
Who do you think his good friends are?
What do you think will happen if Amos doesn’t go to work?
What do you think the animals are going to do?
Where do you think the animals are going?
What do you think Amos will do when he sees the animals at his house?
What do you think each animal will do with Amos this time?