speech and language teaching concepts for aaaarrgghh Spider in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sp/
/m/
/er/ final
/ch/ final
/g/ initial
/l/ initial

Themes:

acceptance
Halloween
spiders

Book Details:

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

Aaaarrgghh Spider!

By Lydia Monks

All Spider wants is to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry, ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!'. Themes of tolerance and misunderstanding make key discussion points for children in this book.

This silly spiders and Halloween-themed book can be used to address social/emotional concepts like being acceptance. It is also great for sequencing and for targeting the /sp/ blend as well! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Aaaarrgghh Spider! in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

sequencing
point of view
problem solving
illustration study
social/emotional
predicting
text features
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of attempts to be accepted
order of activities as a family pet 

Vocabulary:

introduce, sparkly, clever, proper, easy, pet, spider, webs

Social/Emotional:

acceptance and rejection
notice body language and facial expressions
fear

Grammar:

verbs (action)

Text Features:

ALL CAPS
repetitive text
animated text
exclamation points

Problem Solving:

Spider persists in trying many things to show the family that she would make a great pet.

If you are interested in using Aaaarrgghh Spider! in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.