speech and language teaching concepts for Bear Says Thanks in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/th/ initial
/b/ initial
/r/ vocalic (air)



Book Details:

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

Bear Says Thanks

By Kama Wilson

All alone in his cave, Bear listens to the wind. He is bored, bored, bored…..and he misses his friends. “I could make a big dinner! A feast I could share”. A good book to be used for Thanksgiving or just a fun read.

This Thanksgiving book is useful for discussing friendship and sharing. It is also great for targeting sequencing, and has a high frequency of /air/, /b/, and /th/! It repeats the phrase “Bear Says Thanks” throughout making it perfect for engaging your students. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bear Says Thanks in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode


order of animals
order of items shared


flurry, herbs, brew, fret, quilt, platters, cupboard, bare, etc.

Character Analysis:

Bear is bored and misses his friends so he decides to have a feast, but his cupboards are bare. He is sad that he has nothing to contribute to the feast, but is thankful and glad when he realizes that he has stories to share.


Bear’s feelings when he notices his cupboards are empty
Bear’s feelings each time a friend comes over
words used to describe Bear’s feelings
facial expressions


verbs (third person, present tense)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in using Bear Says Thanks in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.