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

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/th/ initial
/b/ initial
/air/
/s/ initial

Themes:

Thanksgiving
friendship
sharing

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

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
predicting
verbs (third person, present tense)
synonyms
prepositional phrases
social/emotional
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text

Sequencing:

order of animals
order of items shared

Vocabulary:

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

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.

Social/Emotional:

Discuss Bear’s feelings when he notices his cupboards are empty.
Discuss Bear’s feelings each time a friend comes over.
What words are used to describe Bear’s feelings.
Notice facial expressions and body language.

sharing
being thankful
generosity

Grammar:

verbs (third person, present tense)
synonyms
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

repetitive text
change in font size
exclamation points
ellipsis
dialogue

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Predicting:

Who do you think will come next?
What do you think they will bring?
What do you think Bear will do?
Why does Bear say “wait?”
What do you think Bear is going to do next?

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.

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