speech and language teaching concepts for Bear Wants More in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends
/b/ initial
/or/
/air/

 

Themes:

spring
caring for others
friendship

Book Details:

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

Bear Wants More

By Karma Wilson

“When springtime comes, in his warm winter den a bear wakes up very hungry and thin!…” Bear finds some roots to eat, but that's not enough. He wants more! With his friends' help, he finds some berries, clover, and fish to eat, but that's not enough. Bear wants more! How Bear's friends help him to finally satisfy his HUGE hunger in a most surprising way will enchant young readers.

This sweet spring book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like caring for others. Use it for targeting a variety of grammar concepts, such as verbs (present tense), prepositional phrases, and adjectives. It is also great for noticing rhyming and repetitive text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bear Wants More in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message

sequencing
inferencing

illustration study
social/emotional​​
text features
phonological awareness
repetitive text
prepositional phrases
homonyms
verbs (present tense)
adjectives
problem solving

Sequencing:

order of animals
order of foods
order of places

Vocabulary:

shuffles, gobbles, gopher, mole, wren, raven, badger, east, shore, aches

Character Analysis:

Bear is hungry after months of not eating while hibernating. He goes out on a search for food to help satisfy his hunger, but isn’t able to find enough food to feel full. In the end, his wonderful friends care for him and surprise with a feast.

Social/Emotional:

body language
facial expressions
friendship
caring for others
feelings Bear experiences when he is hungry vs. when his friends reveal their surprise feast for him

Grammar:

prepositional phrases
homonyms
verbs (present tense)
adjectives

Text Features:

repetitive text
change in font size
ALL CAPS
ellipsis

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming
alliteration

Inferencing:

– Why is Bear hungry and thin when he wakes up?
– Why is Bear napping?
– Why do Bear’s friends still want more at the end?

Problem Solving:

Bear is hungry and no matter what he eats, he is not satisfied. His friends help him find enough food to help him to feel full.

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

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